This interdisciplinary speaker series is intended to stimulate cross disciplinary discussion, debate, and collaboration around issues related to energy, the environment, and society. The series is sponsored by SERC and the Environment & Community Graduate Program.
You can watch most SERC-sponsored talks on SERC’s YouTube Channel, or via the direct links below. Videos of most presentations are also available to check-out from the HSU Library (index of available DVDs) or download via Humboldt Digital Scholar.
* Unless otherwise noted, events are 5:30pm-7:00pm Thursdays in Founders Hall 118 *
“Report from Paris: Observations from the UNFCCC COP 21 Climate Negotiations”
Andrea Tuttle works as an advocate for robust forest and climate policies. She participated in
the early design of California’s climate program and forest protocols which are now a compliance
instrument in the cap-and-trade system. She is a former Director of the California Department of
Forestry and Fire Protection and now serves on the boards of the Pacific Forest Trust and U.S.
Endowment for Forestry and Communities.
Through her career she has been active in California land-use and environmental policy, serving
on the state Coastal Commission, the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and as a
principal consultant in the state Senate.
She consults internationally and for the past nine years has attended the UNFCCC climate
negotiations as an Observer, especially tracking the REDD+ policies and finance mechanisms to
reduce deforestation and degradation in the tropics.
She’s a Cal Berkeley grad with a B.A. in Biological Sciences and Ph.D. in Environmental Planning,
and has lived in Arcata with her husband Don since the 1970’s.
This event is a featured presentation of HSU’s International Education Week.
“Improving Forests and Building Communities: A Networked Biomass Approach”
Jonathan Kusel founded and has for 22 years directed the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment. He received a Masters of Forest Science from Yale University and a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, in natural resource sociology and policy. He
participated on the Clinton Administration’s “Option 9” Forest Ecosystem Management
Assessment Team, and led the community assessment team and public participation team for the Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project (SNEP).
More recently, Dr. Kusel sat on the steering committee of the Biomass Economic Recovery Group of the Northern Sierra and was instrumental in the development and success of the California Forest Biomass Working Group. Dr. Kusel and the Sierra Institute are one of the nine members of California’s State Wood Energy Team.
“Cultivating Sustainability: Seeds and Climate Change Adaptation in Highland Chiapas”
Dr. Naylor is a political geographer who uses food and agriculture as a lens to examine human-environment interactions and spaces of resistance. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and is currently Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Delaware.
“Ensuring Safe, Compliant and Reliable Interoperable Zep Product Designs for SolarCity Photovoltaic Installations through Rigorous Test, Quality and Qualification Programs”
Nate Coleman is the Vice President of Technical Operations at Zep Solar LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of SolarCity Corporation. His team is responsible for Product Testing, Product Compliance, Product Quality/Reliability and Technology Development. Nate oversees SolarCity’s module supplier quality program and manages Zep Solar’s technology licensing, testing/reliability and Zep CompatibleTM certification/qualification programs. He is an active participant in codes and standards development and a voting member on the UL 1703 and UL 2703 Standard Technical Panels, the TC 82 Technical Advisory Group, and a member of the NFPA Fire Fighter Safety and PV Systems Task Group that is helping to create rapid shutdown requirements for Article 690.12 of the NEC.
Nate has over a decade of product design, testing and R&D experience with renewable energy technologies and is a CA registered Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resources Engineering from Humboldt State University and a Master of Science in Photovoltaic Engineering from the University of New South Wales.
X̱ʼunei Lance Twitchell
“Indigenous Language Revitalization & The Decolonized University”
X̱ʼunei Lance Twitchell is an Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages at the University of Alaska Southeast, where he also develops and coordinates the Alaska Native Languages & Studies Program. He is Tlingit, Haida, Yupik, and Saami, and was born and raised in Alaska. He has a BA in English from the University of Minnesota, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and is currently in the PhD in Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Culture Revitalization program at Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelilkōlani at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.
X̱ʼuneiʼs research interests are in the Tlingit language, social linguistics, social justice, decolonization of colonial institutions (especially educational ones), tribal governance, Native American rights, Federal Indian Policy, and the health & well being of people in Native America. He helped lead a team of politicians, students, and community organizers & protestors to develop and pass a bill that made the 20 Alaska Native languages official languages in the State of Alaska.
In this talk, he will discuss current activities and trends in language revitalization, especially in Alaska, and how decolonizing institutions serves a key role in those activities. He will talk about the social debt that exists in American History to Native American people, and how ideas can gain momentum into movements that have a chance to keep Native American languages from falling into silence at the hands of American Genocide.
“Punishment's Twin: Carceral Logics, Abolitionist Critique and the Limits of Reform”
Dr. Renée M. Byrd is an activist scholar, educator and community organizer, committed to building countercarceral knowledges in pursuit of a world without prisons. Her academic research centers the intersection of race, gender, mass imprisonment and prison abolitionist movement building. Dr. Byrd won an Amnesty International Patrick Stewart Human Rights Scholarship, the Sociologists for Women in Society Chow Green Dissertation Scholarship, as well as the University of Washington’s Graduate Medal. Her current book project is a critique of contemporary prison reforms that leave intact the logics of enslavement at the heart of the global prison industrial complex. Dr. Byrd is also currently working on an experimental film about transformative justice and methods for addressing violence without relying on policing and prisons.
Dr. Byrd received her Ph.D from the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Humboldt State University. Outside of academia, Renée has worked as a legal advocate for women prisoners with Justice Now in Oakland, a family advocate for youth in the Juvenile Justice System and on broader campaign work aimed at building genuine human security. In collaboration with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Renée helped produce the human rights documentary System Failure: Violence, Abuse, and Neglect in the California Youth Authority, which is currently distributed by WitnessNYC. Central to her work is the goal of using research justice and filmmaking not just as methods, but also as tools for building community and social movements.
Kevin Fingerman and Jerome Carman
“Guiding Northwest California Towards Alternative Transportation Fuels: A Roadmap to 2020 and Beyond”
Dr. Kevin Fingerman is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Management at Humboldt State University. His research employs life cycle assessment and simulation modeling tools to evaluate the broad-based impacts of transportation energy systems. He has also worked extensively on the water/energy nexus and bioenergy sustainability governance. Kevin serves on the board of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, and before coming to HSU he worked in Rome for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. He holds MS and PhD degrees from UC Berkeley’s Energy & Resources Group.
Jerome Carman is a recent graduate of the Environmental Systems masters program at Humboldt State University (HSU), where he focused on energy systems engineering with an emphasis on thermodynamic analysis while obtaining his Engineer In Training certificate. Jerome has a diverse background: complimented by a bachelor’s degree in physics, he has published work in both high energy particle physics and atmospheric physics. During his
graduate career at HSU he changed his professional focus toward local government planning and policy which resulted in an energy specialist position at the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA). While at RCEA, Jerome specialized in greenhouse gas emissions inventories,
climate action planning, and low carbon transportation fuel planning and implementation. Jerome is now a research engineer with the Schatz Energy Research Center where he manages and assists with a variety of transportation planning and implementation projects that are working to accelerate the adoption of low carbon fuels in Northern California.
- Matthew Marshall,
“RePowering Humboldt: Progress Toward Implementing A Local Community Choice Aggregation Program” Watch full presentation
- Seth Shonkoff, "The Environmental, Public Health, and Climate Dimensions of Oil and Gas Development in California" Watch full presentation
- Jack West, "The PV Industry: An Insider's Insights into the Evolution of PV Technology and Business Models" Watch full presentation
- Charles Wilkinson, “From Humboldt Bay to the Columbia to the Canadian Line: How the Northwest Tribes Triumphed in the Courts and Changed the World” Watch full presentation
- Harsha Walia, "Border Imperialism and Environmental Racism" Watch full presentation
- Sarah Ray,
“Can a Green University Serve Underrepresented Students?: Reconciling Sustainability and Diversity at
HSU” Watch full presentation
- Arne Jacobson, “The Pico Power Revolution: Off-Grid Energy Services for Low Income People in Africa, Asia, and Beyond” Watch full presentation
- Carolyn Finney,“Righteous Road: Black Faces, White Spaces & Stories of Possibility”
- John Meyer, “Environmentalism and the Resonance Dilemma” Watch full presentation
- Beckie Menten, “Community Choice, Community Power: An In-Depth Look at California's Emerging Model for Local Electricity Control” Watch full presentation
- Janet Fiskio,"Welcome to Blockadia: Poetics and Protest in Climate Activism" Watch full presentation
- Belinda Batten, “Catching the Wave and Rising with the Tides: Marine Renewable Energy at NNMREC”
Watch full presentation
- Peter Alagona, “Forty Years of Endangered Species: Conflict and Conservation in California and Beyond”
Watch full presentation
- Ron Reed and Kari Norgaard,
“The Politics of Fire and the Social Impacts of Fire Exclusion on the Klamath”
Watch full presentation
- Sam Arons, “Scaling Renewable Energy: A Perspective from Google” Watch full presentation
- Joan Ogden,"A Portfolio Approach to Sustainable Transportation" Watch full presentation
- Matt Johnson,
“Reconciling Agriculture & Wildlife Conservation: Examples with Coffee Farmers and Birds in Jamaica, Kenya, and India” Watch full presentation
- Jesse Abrams, “The Importance of Communities of Place and Interest to the Sustainability of Forest-based Bioenergy Development” Watch full presentation
- Trevor Houser, “China's Energy Future: Domestic Drivers and Global Consequences"
- Alexander B. Murphy, “Understanding the Changing Planet: Geography’s Role in Addressing Environmental Challenges in the 21st Century”
- Philip Garone, “California Wetlands—Two Centuries of Loss and Recovery: Lessons from the Central Valley” Watch full presentation
- Nathan Hultman, “US Climate Policy and Prospects for a 2015 International Climate Agreement”
- Gwyn Kirk, “Environmental Security and National Security: Are They Compatible?” Watch full presentation
- Ted Bilek, “An Outlook for Forest Products and Timber Markets: 2012-2030” Watch full presentation
- Susan Handy, “Driving Less” Watch full presentation
- Erin Kelly, “Sustaining Rural Places: What Are We Sustaining” Watch full presentation
- John Laird, “California’s Sustainable Resources Future” Watch full presentation
- Nicholas Lam, “Let There Be (Clean) Light: How Kerosene Lighting in Developing Countries Is Contributing to Climate Warming and the Global Disease Burden” Watch full presentation
- Julie Guthman, “Fat Places? Exploring Environmental Causes of Obsesity”
- Jonathan Woolley, “Radically Efficient Design for Zero Net Energy Buildings” Watch full presentation
- Bill Stewart, “Timber Harvests and Managed Forests: Good or Bad for Climate Change?”
- Sheri Woo and Carol Rische, “Evaluating Mad River Water Use Options: A Local Issue with Regional Impacts” Watch full presentation
- Laurie Richmond, “Incorporating Human Dimensions into Environmental Management: A Story in Three Acts” Watch full presentation
- Jen Marlow, “Climate Change and Human Rights: Justice Beyond Law” Watch full presentation
- Antwi Akom, “Race, Power, and the Environment: Using Participatory Mapping and New Media to Build a Community-Based Climate Justice Movement” Watch full presentation
- Zack Zoller, “Solar Makes It Big: Scaling Up Solar Photovoltaics for Large Systems” Watch full presentation
- Lindsay Magnuson, “Land Conservation on the North Coast Using the Land Trust Model” Watch full presentation
- Simone Pulver, “Addressing Climate Change through Carbon Markets: Lessons Learned in Brazil and India” Watch full presentation
- Robin Kimmerer, “Restoration and Reciprocity: Finding Common Ground Between Traditional and Scientific Ecological Knowledge”
- Garvin Heath, “Environmental Impacts of Energy Technologies: A Life Cycle Perspective” Watch full presentation
- Kathleen McAfee, “Cooling the Planet or Feeding the World: Do We Have To Choose?” Watch full presentation
- Seth Wilson, “Conservation on the Edge: Large Carnivores and Building Communities of Coexistence”
- September 22-23, Traditional Ecological Knowledge Symposium
- Jeff Mapes, “How the Bicycle is Changing American Cities” Watch full presentation
- Evan Mills, “The Carbon Footprint of Indoor Cannabis Production” Watch full presentation
- Arne Jacobson, “Super Efficient Appliances, International Cooperation, and the Climate Challenge” Watch full presentation
- Amol Phadke, “Low Carbon Strategies for the Indian Electricity Sector: Opportunities for Leapfrogging” Watch full presentation
- Geeta Chowdhry, “To Bt or not to Bt? Transnational Capital, the State, Civil Society and the Struggle over Food Sovereignty in India” Watch full presentation
- Noah Zerbe, “Reshaping Globalization from the Ground Up: Community Resilience and Transformation in Durban, South Africa” Watch full presentation
- John Elliot, “UC Merced: Achieving Zero Net Energy and Zero Landfill Waste by 2020” Watch full presentation
- Jim Hight, “Climate Change Policy in North America: Reasons for Optimism” Watch full presentation
- Steven Hackett and Luke Scheidler, “The Economics of Clean Energy in Humboldt County” Watch full presentation
- Tom Fee, “Leadership Patterns in Environmental & Public Policy Dispute Resolution 1970- 2010 - 2050: Reflections & Explorations
- Mary Crowley, “Solutions to Plastic Proliferation In Our Oceans”
- David Rubin, “The Challenges and Opportunities of Renewables from a Utility Perspective” Watch full presentation
- Judith Mayer, “Borneo to California and Back”
- Eric Holt-Giménez, “Food Rebellions: Crisis and the Hunger for Justice”
- Tim Palmer, “Rivers of America”
- Nick Goulette and Lynn Jungwirth, “Community-based Forestry: Past, Present, and Future”
- Dr. Alexandra “Sascha” von Meier, “Integrating Renewable Resources: Making the ‘Smart Grid’ Work” Watch full presentation
- Aldaron Laird,“Is Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District’s Water System Sustainable? Is California’s Water Use Sustainable?”
- Peter Dauvergne, “Big Box Stores and Global Environmental Governance”
- Elizabeth “Betsy” Watson, “Working in the Political Dead Zone”
- Peter Alstone and Colin Sheppard, “Humboldt County’s Renewable Energy Futures: Preliminary Results from a Renewable Energy Secure Communities (RESCO) Study” Watch full presentation
- Kim Berry, “Disowning Dependence: Single Women’s Collective Struggle for Land Rights in Northwestern India”
- Garvin Heath, “Environmental Impacts of Energy Technologies: A Life Cycle Perspective”
- Cynthia Chandler, “Democracy Across Prison Walls”
- Timothy Lipman, “Low Carbon Vehicle Research at UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center” Watch full presentation
- Omar Masera, “Efficient Cookstoves - Mitigating Climate Change While Advancing Sustainable Development Priorities: The Case of Efficient Cookstoves” Watch full presentation
- Jane Nielsen and Howard Wilshire, “The American West at Risk: Science, Myths, and Politics of Land Abuse and Recovery”
- Andrea Tuttle, “After Copenhagen, What Next for Forests? An Update of COP 15, the Copenhagen Accord, and Tropical Deforestation” Watch full presentation
- Sandra Steingraber, “Environmental Health: A New Civil Rights Movement”
- Jerry Moles and Karen Brisbane, “LandCare In Australia and the USA”
- Arne Jacobson, “Energy and the Environment at HSU” Watch full presentation
- Riki Ott, “The Impacts of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill on Ecology and Community”
- Llyn Smith, “A Just Peace? The Sri Lankan Civil War and Minority Politics in the Sinhalese Buddhist State”
- Stephen Most, “Fixing the World: Conflict and Consensus in the Klamath Basin”
- Jamie Levin, “The Future of Public Transport - In Pursuit of Zero Emissions” Watch full presentation
- Richard L. Corsi, “Smog and Lemons: American Homes as Chemical Reactors and the Role of Energy Conservation in Reactor ‘Design’” Watch full presentation
- Heidi Ballard, “Environmental Learning and Participatory Research in Community-Based Forestry”
- Dustin Poppendieck and Arne Jacobson, “Kerosene Lamps, Solid-State Lighting, and Possibilities to Improve Public Health in Kenya” Watch full presentation
- Adam R. Brandt, “Avoiding High Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Future Transportation Fuels: The Case of Oil Shale” Watch full presentation
- Jessica Urban, “Demystifying and Deconstructing Disinformation: Population Issues and Environmental (In)Security”
- Chris Greacen, “Renewable Energy Policy and Planning in Thailand” Watch full presentation
- Richard Varenchik, “California’s Efforts to Control Climate Change” Watch full presentation
- Steven Hackett, “Economic and Social Considerations for Wave Energy Development in California” Watch full presentation
- Jeff Romm, “Moments of Reservation: Racial Foundations of Environmental Policy”
- Tom Stokely, “The Trinity River, the Peripheral Canal, and the Future of Water in California”
- Zoe Hammer, “Inventing Just Futures: Organizing for Human Rights in the Sonoran Desert”
- Matthew St. Clair, “Campus Sustainability at California Universities” Watch full presentation
- Betsy Hartmann, “Rethinking the Population Problem: The Terror of False Assumptions”
- Rick Duke, “The Five Trillion Dollar Challenge: A Roadmap for Containing Climate Change” Watch full presentation
- John Meyer, “The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice”
- H.I. Bud Beebe, “SMUD’s Utility Planning for Climate Change: Mitigation, Adaptation, Regulation” Watch full presentation
- Allison Rogers, “Go Green! Global Warming Awareness”
- Andrea Tuttle, “California Climate Protocols and Politics - Through the Lens of Forest Carbon”
- Peter Lehman, “Hydrogen in a Renewable Energy Future” Watch full presentation
- Michael Shellenberger, “Beyond Environmentalism: Creating a Politics Capable of Dealing with Global Warming and Other Ecological Crises” Watch full presentation
- Alex Farrell, “The Race for 21st Century Fuels” Watch full presentation
- Morgan Varner, “Changing Climate, Changing Fires: Predicting Future Fires in a Carbon-rich Atmosphere”
- Jeffrey Jacobs, “Future Fuel Sources: Options and Opportunities”
- Holmes Hummel, “Interpreting Technology and Policy Implications of Global Energy Scenarios for the 21st Century” Watch full presentation
- Anna Zalik, “Clean Energy and Armed Insurgency: Representing Security and Threat from the Nigerian Delta to the Mexican Gulf”
- Evon Peters, “Indigenous Peoples Rights and Environmental Justice”
- Evan Mills, “The Specter of Fuel Based Lighting”
- Patrice O’Neill, “The Fire Next Time: Using Film to Address Community Conflict”
- Sarah Goldthwait, “Plankton and CO2: The Role of Marine Organisms in Global Climate” Watch full presentation
- Ashanti Alston, “All Power to the People: The Black Panther Party and Beyond”
- Tyrone Hayes, “From Silent Spring to Silent Night: What do hermaphroditic frogs tell us about environmental and human health?”
- Roundtable - Sustainable Community Design: “Why Does it Matter? How do we do it?”
- Victoria Sturtevant, “Collaborative Planning for Wildfire: Community Matters”
- Arne Jacobson, “Connective Power: Solar Electrification and Social Change in Kenya”
- Mark Lakeman, “The Village Lives”
- Carolina Simunovic, “Environmental Health in the San Joaquin Valley”
- Alan Lloyd, “The Fight for Air Quality in California: A 30 Year Retrospective and Visions for the Future” Watch full presentation
- Jim Zoellick, “Humboldt County’s Energy Picture” Watch full presentation
- Joan Ogden, “The Outlook for Hydrogen as an Energy Carrier” Watch full presentation
- Michel Gelobter, “The Soul of Environmentalism”
- Mark Hankins, “Approaches to Rural Electrification in East Africa: Donors, Projects, Rural Electrification”