November is a big month for climate science. Please join the National Council for Science and the Environment and Second Nature for a rich discussion about the recent release of the Fourth National Climate Assessment and the outcomes from the international climate meetings in Bonn – UNFCCC COP 23. NCSE Executive Director Michelle Wyman will facilitate the discussion between NCSE Senior Fellow Kathy Jacobs and Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist, as they review the high points of the report and the draft of the second volume. Thereafter, Second Nature President Tim Carter will provide a first-hand summary of the events and outcomes during the UNFCCC COP 23 meetings held in Bonn, Germany.

 

The Fourth National Climate Assessment and Outcomes from the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn – COP 23 from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.

Michelle Wyman, Executive Director, National Council for Science and the Environment – Michelle Wyman has worked on energy and environmental policy with states and local governments for over 15 years. In close consultation with regional and local governments and their constituencies, she developed strategic and tactical solutions to their energy planning, climate mitigation, and adaptation challenges. She previously served as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Michelle’s extensive experience includes founding Applied Solutions- Local Governments Building a Clean Economy, and leading ICLEI USA, both nonprofits engaging directly with cities, counties, and states on clean energy, environmental, and sustainability issues.

Confirmed Speakers

Katharine Hayhoe, PhD, Director, Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University  — Dr. Hayhoe is a professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, part of the Department of Interior’s South-Central Climate Science Center. Her research currently focuses on establishing a scientific basis for assessing the regional to local-scale impacts of climate change on human systems and the natural environment. To this end, she analyzes observations, compares future scenarios, evaluates global and regional climate models, builds and assesses statistical downscaling models, and constantly strive to develop better ways of translating climate projections into information relevant to agriculture, ecosystems, energy, infrastructure, public health, and water resources.

 

Kathy Jacobs , Director, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, University of Arizona  — Katharine Jacobs is director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) and professor in the department of soil, water and environmental science at the University of Arizona. From 2010 to 2013, Jacobs served as an assistant director in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President. Jacobs was the director of the 2014 National Climate Assessment, and also was the lead advisor on water science, policy and climate adaptation within OSTP.

 

Tim Carter, PhD , President, Second Nature  –– Dr. Carter currently serves as the President of Second Nature, leading climate commitments within higher education. Prior to this, Dr. Carter was the founding Director of Butler University’s Center for Urban Ecology (CUE), and built the center from a fledgling unit with two interns and a program manager to a thriving academic center with over $3M in externally funded initiatives. The CUE also led efforts to develop Butler’s climate strategy including signing the ACUPCC, developing Butler’s Climate Action Plan, and hiring Butler’s first sustainability officer. Dr. Carter received his Ph.D. in Ecology with distinction from the University of Georgia.

 

Reed Schuler -Senior Policy Advisor for Climate and Sustainability, Governor Jay Inslee of Washington State

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Please join Island Press and the Security and Sustainability Forum in a 45 minute online conversation with David Orr, Oberlin College and Erik Assadourian, World Watch Institute, about climate, education and democracy.
This is a follow up to a recent webinar featuring WWI’s latest publication in its State of the World annual series, “EarthEd – Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet”.

Climate, Education and Democracy – A Conversation with David Orr and Erik Assadourian_ Climate, Education and D from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.

PANEL:

David Orr –“The elections of 2016 in Western democracies showed the fault lines emerging in our civic culture. They are a dispute between advocates of competing paradigms about the possible and desirable scale of human domination of the ecosphere and who benefits and who loses.”

 

 

Erik Assadourian – “Education alone will not save humanity, but it may play an essential role in enabling people to get through the turbulent times ahead with their humanity intact.”

 

 

Elisabeth Graffy, Arizona State University, will moderate the discussion.

The session format is a panel discussion rather than slide presentations, and audience Q&A.

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Issues in sustainability science are increasingly being addressed using “big data” and data analytics.  Data rich modeling techniques can assist in improving systems thinking to integrate business operations, people, ecosystems and climate. The result can be improved decision making, greener supply chains and optimization of business operations — all leading to increased corporate profits and important social benefits.  The ultimate goal of big data science is to foster economic development, improve social livelihoods, and enhance environmental quality.
SSF, leaders from Chatmine Technologies and Boston University participated in a free webinar demonstrating the application of computational modelling of natural and social processes to identify patterns, trends, and associations that can inform sustainability decision making. The webinar was organized around five case studies focused on integrating multi-scale and multi-source data and applying spatial statistical techniques, artificial Intelligence algorithms, and systems modeling to derive business insights and strategies.  The presentations are appropriate for a non-technical audience and include:
  • Behavioral Correlations: Are hybrid or electric car drivers more likely to solarize their roofs? This project explores behavior and attitudinal data of some consumers in Massachusetts.
  • Analyzing Flood Risk: Flood insurance is increasingly important for residential and commercial property owners. Flood risk is still mapped using USGS 100 year flood maps. These maps have to be completely updated and revised using new satellite data that can be analyzed to provide better risk probability profiles based on International panel on Climate Change (IPCC) models. This example reports on work for a commercial insurance company.
  • Forensic Environmental Investigations Using Neural Networks: Urban sustainability includes protecting urban trees and forests. Panelists applied unsupervised neural networks to examine the impact of natural gas leaks caused by aging infrastructure that resulted in tree mortality in Boston
  • Predicting Malaria Hot Spots: Increasing temperatures in the highland regions of East Shoa in Ethiopia have led to increased incidence of malaria. Spatial statistical analysis, shown in this example, predicted the clusters or hot spots of malaria.
  • Municipal Resilience Snapshots: Designing and implementing sustainability metrics for a neighborhood or town can provide a quick snapshot of its current or future social and natural resiliency, as illustrated in this example.

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Panel:
 
 GIS, data mining and information visualization and artificial neural networks
Suchi Gopal
Suchi Gopal, PhD is a professor at Boston University; her research interest is multidisciplinary dealing with spatial analysis and modeling, GIS, data mining and information visualization and artificial neural networks. She has applied spatial analysis to address a variety of problems in biology, environmental science, public health, and business. Suchi is currently working on urban sustainability issues. She is also the CEO of Chatmine Technologies that specializes in big data analysis and business insights for industry, business and government clients, including the healthcare, technology, packaging, and financial sectors.
 
Josh Pitts
Joshua Pitts is a data scientist and software engineer, with a focus on integration of unique data sets to model complex systems. Recent work includes GIS-based environmental/climate modeling and visualization for the MacArthur Foundation, Conservation International, and the National Park Service. Josh also serves as CTO of Chatmine Technologies, where he manages the big data analytical program.
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While individual and organizational commitments to sustainability are growing, there is not enough civic engagement for green energy policy. Fossil fuel companies and some utilities are damaging the environment and our shared future through advocating for bad energy policies. In this webinar, we share non-partisan materials that any person or organization can easily use to help produce better green energy policies. Move beyond doom and gloom or skepticism to engage in a clean energy future and help produce a healthier economy, environment, and society.

Debra Rowe is a well-known national and international leader in education and action for sustainability. She is President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development. The U.S. Partnership convenes leaders within business, education, governmental, faith and youth sectors and catalyzes national sustainability initiatives. Debra has taught Campus Sustainability and Corporate Sustainability for the University of Vermont. She has also been a professor and practitioner of energy management and renewable energies for over 35 years, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including an international energy education award at MIT.

The session will be moderated by Security and Sustainability Forum Managing Director, Edward Salzburg.

Beyond Doom and Gloom_ Essentials to Move the Needle for Green Energy from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.

Also, download the slides and the resource list provided by the webinar speaker, Debra Rowe. The webinar provided examples and links to information you can use now to help accelerate the transition to a green energy economy.

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Drawdown – 60 Minutes with Paul Hawken

by Arturo Herrera on August 3, 2017

Project Drawdown is facilitating a broad coalition of researchers, scientists, graduate students, PhDs, post-docs, policy makers, business leaders and activists to assemble and present the best available information on climate solutions in order to describe their beneficial financial, social and environmental impact over the next thirty years.
The book, Drawdown, reports on this research to map, measure, model, and describe the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming.  It is the first detailed plan to reverse global warming
Drawdown hit #9 on the  NYT bestseller in its first week, stayed on the best seller list for four weeks, and is in its 4th printing. It was the first book on the environment or climate to attain that ranking in over 25 years.
For each solution, Drawdown describes its history, the carbon impact it provides, the relative cost and savings, the path to adoption, and how it works. The goal of the research that informs Drawdown is to determine if we can reverse the buildup of atmospheric carbon within thirty years. All solutions modeled are already in place, well understood, analyzed based on peer-reviewed science, and are expanding around the world.
 
Security and Sustainability Forum Managing Director, Edward Saltzberg, and American Renewable Energy Institute  Chairman and CEO, Chip Comins, in a 60 minute webinar and conversation with Drawdown Editor and Project Drawdown Executive Director, Paul Hawken.

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Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken is an author and activist. He has founded successful, ecologically-conscious businesses, and consulted with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. He has written seven books including four national bestsellers: The Next Economy, Growing a Business, and The Ecology of Commerce, andBlessed Unrest. The Ecology of Commerce was voted as the #1 college text on business and the environment by professors in 67 business schools.Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, co-authored with Amory Lovins, has been referred to by several heads of state including President Bill Clinton who called it one of the most important books in the world at that time. He has served on the board of many environmental organizations including Center for Plant Conservation, Shelburne Farms, Trust for Public Land, Conservation International, and National Audubon Society .

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Webinar: Earth Ed – Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet

July 24, 2017

We present another Closing the Environmental Literacy Gap webinar in collaboration with the World Watch Institute and Island Press. This webinar features contributors to WWI’s latest State of the World publication, “EarthEd – Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet“.   EarthEd addresses applying a systems approach to environmental learning at all levels of development, from preschool to professional. Its guidance can inform teachers, policy makers, […]

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The Science, Business, and Education of Sustainable Infrastructure Building Resilience in a Changing World

June 30, 2017

Systems thinking and a sustainability framework can serve to effectively guide investment in natural, built, cyber, and social infrastructure.  The trifecta of science, business and education working together, presents an opportunity for infrastructure to be built, rebuilt, maintained or upgraded to meet standards of sustainability. Innovation in all fields of natural sciences, engineering, computing, social […]

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Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries – What is happening with marine life?

June 22, 2017

Until now, there has been only one source of data on global fishery catches: information reported to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations by member countries. An extensive, ten-year study conducted by The Sea Around Us Project of the University of British Columbia shows that this catch data is fundamentally misleading. Many […]

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Webinar: Cities on the Leading Edge of Resilience

June 14, 2017

The private sector and all levels of government are embracing resilience as a holistic, proactive framework to reduce risk, improve services, adapt to changing conditions, and empower citizens. Recent high profile programs, such as the $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition initiated by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Rockefeller Foundation’s […]

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We’ll Always Have Paris: Trump’s Impact on the Climate Agreement

June 5, 2017

Steven Cohen, Contributor Executive Director, Columbia University’s Earth Institute  — Last week I anticipated President Trump’s shortsighted decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and predicted that his actions might provide environmentalists with a common enemy to rally against. That seems to be happening. Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg is organizing American corporations, states, cities and […]

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