SEMINAR PROGRAM 2013
Seminar Program 2013 details to come
SEMINAR PROGRAM 2012
Monday, July 23 2012
- Welcome - Wendell Brase, Vice Chancellor of the University California, Irvine and Chair, University of California Climate Solutions Steering Group.
- Can law save the planet? – Professor Joseph DiMento and Alejandro Camacho from the UCI School of Law.
- The New Brazilian Forest Code – Solange Teles da Silva, UCI Sustainability Fellow from Brazil.
- How viable is renewable energy in the global energy context? - Professor Scott Samuelsen from the National Fuel Cell Research Center in the School of Engineering. (Hydrogen car display)
- The role of local communities in the long term sustainability of protected areas
Daniela Solano Rojas, UCI Sustainability Fellow from Costa Rica.
- “Last Call at the Oasis” - Movie at Edward Cinema across from UCI. This addresses interesting and compellingly the future of freshwater for the needs of the Planet. A “star” of the movie is the speaker for Friday afternoon, Professor Jay Famiglietti, Director of the UCI Center for Hydrologic Modeling.
Tuesday, July 24 2012
- Energy security vs. environmental protection - Anna Rymyantceva, Ekaterina Zavalishina, Maria Bogatykh, and Oxana Popova, UCI Sustainability Fellows from Russia.
- Small scale renewable energy: A solution for negative environmental and social impact - Raquel Fallas, UCI Sustainability Fellow from Costa Rica.
- Booster knowledge exchange for sustainable development – Julia Komagaeva, UCI Sustainability Fellow from Russia.
Landfill possibilities: their impact on environment, human security and their potential as energy source - Ana Alexandra Tovar and Lucia Frechoso, UCI Sustainability Fellows from Spain.
Environmental issues and activism in Costa Rica - Rocio Carranza, UCI Sustainability Fellow from Costa Rica.
- Impacts of dams and high voltage lines in the Aisén Region, Chile – Josefina Ruiz, Sustainability Fellow from Chile.
- Building capacities for coastal conservation – Sofia Gomez, UCI Sustainability Fellow from Mexico.
- Enhancing sustainability at the community level: Lessons from American EcoVillages – Leila Loezer, UCI Sustainability Fellow from Brazil/US
- Contributing to the energy future for the Planet by revitalizing the local food systems led by small farmers and economy - Debeet Sarangi, UCI Sustainability Fellow from India.
- Sustainable energy and development in a small island developing state: Opportunities and challenges in the renewable energy sector in Barbados – Felicia Cox, UCI Sustainability Fellow from Barbados.
- Discussing a Plan of Action – UCI Sustainability Fellows.
Wednesday, July 25 2012
- The Rio+20 Conference – Ligia Martins, UCI Sustainability Fellow from Brazil/US.
- Sustainable development in times of socio-political transformation – Vassily Kuznetsov, Lida Oganisyan, and Sergey Rybakov – UCI Sustainability Fellows from Russia.
- Preparing for Orange County’s Future: The Conversion of a Cold War Military Airfield into the Orange County Great Park – Tom Sweet and Tom Herbel, Orange County Great Park.
- Cultural sustainability in a Global Age – Andrew Stokols, UCI Sustainability Fellow from the U.S.
- Disaster resilience in fragile States – Vladimir Bartenev and Alexander Dunaev, UCI Sustainability Fellows from Russia.
- Challenges to the environmental sustainability in the South Caucasus region – Rafiga Gurbanzade, UCI Sustainability Fellow from the U.S.
- Lessons from the first year of the Youth Environmental Education & Peace Initiative in Israel – Gonen Sagy, UCI Sustainability Fellow from Israel.
- Geospatial data visualization in the Cloud: A primer for Ushahidi and Crowdmap - Jeremy Lambeth, UCI Sustainability Fellow from the U.S.
- The use of software in ecological projects – Dieb Leng, UCI Sustainability Fellow from Cambodia.
- Discussing a Plan of Action – UCI Sustainability Fellows.
Thursday, July 26 2012
- How viable is Green Business in Orange County? – Quantum Technologies
- Green Tech Development in Orange County – Gregory Trimarche, Chairman of Green Tech OC/ Greenberg Traurig and Taylor Honrath, Managing Director/COO, Green Tech OC.
- Green Orange, Inc. – Anh-Tuan Le, Co-founder of Green Orange, Inc.
- Inventive Negotiation – Professor John Graham and Dr. William Hernandez Requejo, Paul Merage School of Business.
- The Path to CSR (Corporate Social Responsibilities) – Andrea Robinson, Founder and Director of ARC Sustainability.
- Is human security possible for the 200 million people whose water supply is threatened by the melting of Himalayan glaciers? What are the lessons from the work of the international community to reduce conflict over natural resources in fragile states? - Richard Matthew, Center for Unconventional Security Affairs in the School of Social Ecology.
- Group Photo with Chancellor Michael Drake at the Aldrich Park.
- Authenticity, Collaboration, and Excellence in the Service of Sustainability – Kathy Gardarian, Founder and CEO of Qualis International, Inc.
- Preserving the California Coast and the world’s oceans – Harry Helling, Crystal Cove Alliance and Valarie Van Cleave, OCEANA.
Friday, 27 July 2012
- Can bitterly divided cities of the world come together in addressing their long term problems of living and sustainability? – Professor Scott Bollens, Warmington Chair in the Social Ecology of Peace and International Cooperation.
- The Story of Change – Allison Cook, UCI Sustainability Fellow from the U.S.
- One World, One Ocean – Sarah Bedolfe and Kimmy Helling, UCI Sustainability Fellows from the U.S.
- Is it possible to ensure a sustainable water future for the world? Is there sufficient vision and leadership for this significant challenge? – Professor Jay Famiglietti, Earth System Science and Civil and Environmental Engineering and colleagues from the Center for Hydrologic Modeling.
- Re-imagining sustainability – Mojgan Sami, UCI Sustainability Fellow from the U.S.
- Sustainability as ethical imperative – Jesse Baker, UCI Sustainability Fellow from the U.S.
- Building critical mass for ‘sustainability revolution’ based on current and evolving models for change – Sara Wolcott and Allison Cook, UCI Sustainability Fellows from the U.S.
SEMINAR PROGRAM 2011
The program was divided into four areas:
I. Perspectives on the difficult global context for sustainability;
II. Case studies of compelling worldwide sustainability challenges from participating countries;
III. Unanswered transcendent questions; and
IV. The vision and accomplishments of the coastal protection in Mexico and California
Monday July 18, 2011
Monday 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Introduction – Joseph F.C. DiMento, Director, Newkirk Center for Science & Society, Professor of Law and of Planning.
Welcome – Michael R. Gottfredson, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, UCI.
- Insights from the people who inhabit the most (bitterly) divided cities on Earth such as Belfast, Beirut and Jerusalem; Speaker: Scott Bollens, University of California, Irvine, author of “City and Soul in Divided Societies.”
Monday 11:00a.m – 12:15 p.m.
- The Fate of Arab Authoritarianism; Speaker: Ariel Ahram, Virginia Tech University campus in Washington D.C., author of “The Fate of Arab Authoritarianism” and “Proxy Warriors: The Rise and Fall of State Sponsored Militias.”
Monday 2:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m.
-The plight of the 1 billion people who inhabit the “planet of slums”; Speaker: Mike Davis, University of California, Riverside, author of “Planet of Slums”, “City of Quartz”, and MacArthur Fellow.
Monday 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
-The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard – Are the current operating rules for capitalism and the effects of globalization compatible with sustainability?; Speaker: Allison Cook, Special Projects Coordinator, The Story of Stuff Project.
Monday 5:00 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.
-Initiation of a group exercise for Sustainability Fellows to answer the difficult question confronting America in becoming more sustainable: Why is America number one in the world in obesity?; Sustainability Fellow Juliana Zanotto.
Monday 5:10 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.
-Introduction of the Ecological Footprint as another perspective on the compelling issues raised by the Story of Stuff; Sustainability Fellow Juliana Zanotto.
Monday 7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. Room 1517 Social and Behavior Science Bldg.
- Case Study of Sustainability in Egypt; Sustainability Fellow Tamir ElGindi and Khaled M. AbuZeid, Commentary by Ariel Ahram.
Tuesday July 19, 2011
Tuesday 9:00 a.m-10:30 a.m.
-Sustainability in the context of strife from ethic separatism, ethnic nationalism and fundamentalist religion extremism in Eurasia. Speaker Sergey Markedonov, Russia and Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies. Commentary by Sergey Plekhanov from York University in Canada and former Deputy Director, Institute of USA and Canada Studies of the Soviet Academy of Sciences.
Tuesday 10:45 a.m-12:15 p.m.
-Case Study of Sustainability in Ecuador; Speaker: Carlos Zorrilla and Sustainability Fellows Polivio Lucero, and Marcia Peidra.
Tuesday 2:00p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
-Case Study of Sustainability in West Bengal; Speaker: Deb Debal and Sustainability Fellow Debjeet Sarangi.
Tuesday 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
-Is there a psychology of sustainability which can help preserve the ‘environmental health’ of the Planet?; Speaker: Beth Karlin, University of California, Irvine, Social Ecology Research Center.
Tuesday p.m-7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. SSPA 1100
Welcome – Valerie Jenness, Dean, School of Social Ecology
-Case Study of Sustainability in China; Sustainability Fellows Cindy Chen, Xing Dong, Fang Yang, and Jia Li.
Wednesday July 20, 2011
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
-The Role of Law & Governance In the Arctic; Speaker: Michael Byers, University of British Columbia.
-Petroleum Resource Potential of the Arctic Region; Speaker: Donald Gautier, United States Geological Survey.
-The Impact of Industrial Oil and Gas Development on Arctic Indigenous Peoples; Speaker: Aileen A. Espíritu, Director of The Barents Institute in Kirkenes, Norway.
Wednesday 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
-Case Study of Sustainability in Costa Rica; Bernardo Aguilar-González and Sustainability Fellows Andrea Navas Asturias, Daniela Solano Rojas, Karla Córdoba Brenes, Andrea Raquel Fallas, and Rocío Maxera Carranza.
Wednesday 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
-International Cooperation in Business Toward Greater Sustainability; John Graham, Professor Emeritus of International Business, and William Hernandez, Lecturer, Paul Merage School of Business, UCI.
Wednesday -7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. . Social Behavioral Science Building, 1517
-Case Study of Sustainability in Israel; Sustainability Fellows Daniel Orenstein and Gonen Sagy.
Thursday July 21, 2011
Thursday 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Introduction – Oladele Ogunseitan, Chair, Department of Population Health & Disease Prevention, Director, Program in Public Health.
-The Concepts of Environmental Justice and Environmental Racism in the American Context; Speaker: Daniel Stokols, Chancellor’s Professor, School of Social Ecology. Author of “Introduction to Ecological Systems, Team Science, and Health Promotion.”
-Environmental Justice and Disproportionate Exposure of Communities to Environmental Pollutants; Speaker: Jerome Nriagu, University of Michigan. Author of “Lead poisoning associated with malaria in children of urban areas of Nigeria,” “Oil Industry and the Health of Communities in the Niger Delta of Nigeria,” Editor in Chief of “Encyclopedia of Environmental Health.”
Thursday 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
-Case Study of Sustainability in Brazil; Sustainability Fellows Juliana Zanotto, Ana Paula Santos, Solange Teles da Silva, and Milena Boniolo.
Thursday 2:00 p.m.- 3:45 p.m.
-Case Study of Preserving the Mexican Coast; Speaker: Serge Dedina, WildCoast.
Thursday 4:00 p.m.- 5:15 p.m.
-Is sustainable security a viable concept for enhancing the prospects for the developing world?; Speaker: Sabina Dewan, Center for American Progress, author of “A National Strategy for Global Development.”
Thursday 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Dinner/program, UCI University Club
-Hijacked Sustainability; Speaker: Adrian Parr, Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and School of Architecture and Interior Design, Affiliate Faculty in the Departments of Philosophy and Judaic Studies, University of Cincinnati.
Friday July 22, 2011
Friday 9:00 a.m. -12 p.m.
-Introduction - Joseph F.C. DiMento, Director, Newkirk Center for Science & Society, Professor of Law and Planning
-Mini Case Study of the World Bank in Action; Shyla Raghav and Sustainability Fellows Christa Marie Anderson and Henry Edward Jewell.
-Can law change the climate?; Speaker: Joseph F.C. DiMento, School of Law, University of California, Irvine, author of “The Global Environment and International Law.”
Speaker: Michael Robinson-Dorn, Director of the Clinic in Environmental Law, School of Law, University of California, Irvine, co-author “Climate Change.”
Speaker: Alejandro Camacho, School of Law, University of California, Irvine, author of “Why Federal Climate Change Legislation Shouldn’t Stop States From Innovating in Adaptation Efforts,” and director of UCI Law Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources.
Friday 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
-Can religion help preserve the environment?; Speaker: Jack Miles, University of California, Irvine, Pulitzer Prize winner for “God: A Biography” and MacArthur Fellow, author of “Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God.”
Friday -2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
-Reports by Sustainability Fellows on the question “Why is America number one in the world in obesity?” Sustainability Fellow Juliana Zanotto.
Friday 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
-Case Studies of Preserving the Orange County Coast: The Bolsa Chica Wetlands, Crystal Cove, and Defeating the Extension of a Toll Road through a Treasured Area for its Surfing and Ecology.
Friday 6:30 p.m. – Sunset
-Crystal Cove State Park was the location for the concluding coffee and dessert. The purpose was to celebrate the power of civil society and organized engaged citizens to make meaningful contributions to sustainability on Earth, as evidenced by the work of the Crystal Cove Alliance in preserving for posterity this beautiful location.