Schatz Energy Research Center

Sustainable Futures speaker series

Our visiting speaker series stimulates interdisciplinary collaboration around issues related to energy, the environment, and society. All lectures are free and open to the public, and are sponsored by the Schatz Center, the Environment & Community graduate program, and the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at Humboldt State.

Fall 2019

Fall 2019 lectures will be held on Thursdays from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in Founders Hall 118.

October 3: David Pellow — Toward a critical environmental justice: exploring state violence in a settler colonial context

October 10: Wind Power in Humboldt County — a panel discussion on the proposed TerraGen Wind Generation Project

October 17: Jen Marlow and Michael Gerace — Re-Locate: the sustainability of addressing climate displacement through ally-based strategies

October 24: Regenerative Agriculture — a panel discussion on farming to enhance ecosystem services and sequester carbon

October 31: Ilse Ruiz-Mercado — Monitoring ecotechnologies at the nexus of energy, water and food systems

November 7: Cecilia Danks — The role of community-based approaches in addressing climate change and equity

November 14: Kevin Fingerman and Jerome Carman — Calculating the air quality and climate impacts of using forestry residues to generate electricity

December 5: Laurie Richmond — Fishing community sustainability planning on the California north coast

Past lectures

Spring 2019

  • Robert Collier, policy analyst at the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education — California offshore wind: the challenges of “high road” climate policy
  • Ranjit Deshmukh, Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies department at the University of California Santa Barbara — The promise and challenges of wind and solar: stories from India and Africa
  • Pamela Flick, Senior California Representative for Defenders of Wildlife — The return of gray wolves to California
  • Aldaron Laird, environmental planner — Humboldt Bay on the threshold of change: sea level rise challenges to a sustainable future
  • Nick Reo, citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and an Associate Professor of Native American and Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College — Love and accountability in Indigenous environmental research
  • The environmental sustainability of energy use at HSU — a panel discussion with Andrea Alstone, Morgan King, and Oona Smith
  • We are Sunrise: building a movement of young people to stop the climate crisis with a Green New Deal — a panel discussion with Daniel Adel, Helena Birecki & Abby Carlstad
  • Women and the timber wars: feminism and the front line struggle to save the redwoods — a panel discussion with Alicia Littletree, Naomi Wagner, and Ellen Taylor

Fall 2018

  • Robert Gottlieb, Founder and former director of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute — From resistance to transformation: 50 years of environmental & social justice action research
  • Lonny Grafman, HSU engineering instructor and founder of the Practivistas community technology program — Local water innovation through community/university partnerships
  • Sharon Levy, science writer — Arcata marsh: roots and branches
  • Benjamin Maurer, Associate Director of the Pacific Marine Energy Center — A rising tide lifts all bytes: marine energy R&D at the Pacific Marine Energy Center
  • Tasha McKee, Sanctuary Forest Water Program Director — Water scarcity: culture change and learning from nature in the Mattole headwaters
  • Catherine Sandoval, Associate Professor of Law at Santa Clara University — The Native American reservation electricity access gap: a case study of the Yurok Tribe’s energy access leadership and next steps for energy justice and climate change
  • Achieving 5 million zero-emission vehicles in California by 2030: the local perspective — a panel discussion with Leslie Baroody, Air Pollution Specialist, Advanced Clean Cars Branch, California Air Resources Board; Jerome Carman, Senior Research Engineer at the Schatz Center; Aisha Cissna, Transportation Specialist at Redwood Coast Energy Authority; Anthony Harrison, Director of Public Policy at ChargePoint, Inc.; Keith Malone, Public Affairs for the California Fuel Cell Partnership; Greg Pratt, General Manager at Humboldt Transit Authority; and moderator Kevin Fingerman, Assistant Professor in Environmental Science & Management and Faculty Associate at the Schatz Center

Spring 2018

  • Frederica Bowcutt, Professor of Botany at Evergreen State University — The Tanoak Tree: An Environmental History of a Pacific Coast Hardwood
  • Emily Burns, Director of Science for Save the Redwoods League — Restoring Redwood Forests in a Changing Climate  YouTube
  • Dominic Corva, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy — Rethinking the Nature of Cannabis and Social Policy in the Context of Post-Prohibition
  • Jana Ganion, Sustainability Director of the Blue Lake Rancheria, and Peter Lehman, Founding Director of the Schatz Center — Greening the Grid and Improving Resilience: The Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid  YouTube
  • M Jackson, 2017 National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer — The Secret Lives of Icelandic Glaciers
  • Frank Kanawha Lake, Research Ecologist for the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station, Fire and Fuels Program —
    Learning from Traditional Knowledge to Guide the Future of Sustainable Forestry Management
  • Nicholas Lam, Research Scientist at the Schatz Center — Increasing energy access to benefit health and the environment  YouTube
  • Joseph Rand, Research Affiliate, Electricity Markets & Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab — Do wind turbines make good neighbors? Results from a nationwide survey  YouTube
  • Maia Wikaira, US Fulbright Fellow and Legal Fellow for the Yurok Tribe — Legal personality in rivers, national parks and mountains: the role of indigenous knowledge in transforming environmental law in New Zealand

Fall 2017

  • Amy & Daniel Cordalis — Breathing life back into the Klamath River
  • Mara Ervin — Clean energy access: how GRID Alternatives is creating a successful transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone  YouTube
  • Nick Goulette — Imagining and achieving the potential of community-based forestry in Northern CA  YouTube
  • Ken Liberman — Can ‘Nature’ teach anything?
  • Debbie Page-Dumroese — Using biochar to improve soil resilience and sequester carbon
  • George Wuerthner — Praise the dead: dead trees and healthy forest ecosystems
  • Scaling up renewable power in Humboldt County — A panel discussion with Matthew Marshall, Antoine Peiffer, Jon Stallman, and Dave Carter, moderated by Arne Jacobson  YouTube

Spring 2017

  • Mallik Angalakudati — Changing Energy Landscape in California
  • Seth Holmes, with Francisco, Victoria, Jonathan and Armando, Triqui indigenous Mexican farmworker research contributors — Migrant Farmworkers and Our Food System: Inequalities, Health, and What’s Gone Wrong
  • Michelle Medley-Daniel — Harnessing the Power of Generative Networks to Improve Society’s Relationship with Fire
  • Mary Ann Piette — Commercial Building Control Systems and Energy Management: Current Challenges and Future Directions
  • Darren Speece — Defending Giants: The Redwood Wars and the Transformation of American Environmental Politics
  • Sam Wade — Promoting Alternative Fuels Under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
  • Panel Discussion with Matthew Marshall, Shawn Marshall, Shehzad Wadalawala and Jim Zoellick, moderated by Kevin Fingerman — Bringing Electricity Service Under Local Control: Implications of Humboldt County’s New Community Choice Energy Program

Fall 2016

  • Andy Baker — Saved By The Gyres: Ocean Source Heat Pumps Cut Heating Costs and CO2 Emissions in Coastal Alaska Cities
  • Alex Eaton — Waste to Energy to Market
  • Sharon Kramer — State of the Science on Environmental Issues and Marine Renewable Energy
  • Jason Mark — Where in the Wild? The Search for Wilderness in the Anthropocene
  • Lee Pera — Tiny Houses: A Fad or the Future of Housing?
  • Alexander Schunka — Water Use and Water Management in Early Modern Europe
  • Terry Surles — An Update on U.S. Energy Policy and Related Technology Development
  • Sarah Wald — A Universal Killer? Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and the United Farm Workers’ Pesticide Campaign

Spring 2016

  • Renée Byrd — Punishment’s Twin: Carceral Logics, Abolitionist Critique, and the Limits of Reform
  • Nate Coleman — Ensuring Safe, Compliant and Reliable Interoperable Zep Product Designs for SolarCity Photovoltaic Installations through Rigorous Test, Quality and Qualification Programs
  • Kevin Fingerman and Jerome Carman — Guiding Northwest California Towards Alternative Transportation Fuels: A Roadmap to 2020 and Beyond
  • Jonathan Kusel — Improving Forests and Building Communities: A Networked Biomass Approach
  • Lindsay Naylor — Cultivating Sustainability: Seeds and Climate Change Adaptation in Highland Chiapas
  • Andrea Tuttle — Report from Paris: Observations from the UNFCCC COP 21 Climate Negotiations

Fall 2015

  • Matthew Marshall, “RePowering Humboldt: Progress Toward Implementing A Local Community Choice Aggregation Program”
  • Seth Shonkoff, “The Environmental, Public Health, and Climate Dimensions of Oil and Gas Development in California” 
  • Jack West, “The PV Industry: An Insider’s Insights into the Evolution of PV Technology and Business Models”
  • Charles Wilkinson, “From Humboldt Bay to the Columbia to the Canadian Line: How the Northwest Tribes Triumphed in the Courts and Changed the World” 
  • Harsha Walia, “Border Imperialism and Environmental Racism”
  • Sarah Ray, “Can a Green University Serve Underrepresented Students?: Reconciling Sustainability and Diversity at HSU” 

Spring 2015

  • Arne Jacobson, “The Pico Power Revolution: Off-Grid Energy Services for Low Income People in Africa, Asia, and Beyond”
  • Carolyn Finney,“Righteous Road: Black Faces, White Spaces & Stories of Possibility”
  • John Meyer, “Environmentalism and the Resonance Dilemma”
  • Beckie Menten, “Community Choice, Community Power: An In-Depth Look at California’s Emerging Model for Local Electricity Control”
  • Janet Fiskio,”Welcome to Blockadia: Poetics and Protest in Climate Activism”

Fall 2014

  • Belinda Batten, “Catching the Wave and Rising with the Tides: Marine Renewable Energy at NNMREC”
  • Peter Alagona, “Forty Years of Endangered Species: Conflict and Conservation in California and Beyond”
  • Ron Reed and Kari Norgaard, “The Politics of Fire and the Social Impacts of Fire Exclusion on the Klamath”
  • Sam Arons, “Scaling Renewable Energy: A Perspective from Google”
  • Joan Ogden,“A Portfolio Approach to Sustainable Transportation”
  • Matt Johnson, “Reconciling Agriculture & Wildlife Conservation: Examples with Coffee Farmers and Birds in Jamaica, Kenya, and India”
  • Jesse Abrams, “The Importance of Communities of Place and Interest to the Sustainability of Forest-based Bioenergy Development”
  • Trevor Houser, “China’s Energy Future: Domestic Drivers and Global Consequences”

Spring 2014

  • Karen Litfin, “Ecovillages: Integrating Ecology, Economy, Community and Consciousness”
  • Richard Norris, “Geologic Analogs to Future Global Change”
  • Matthew Marshall and Colin Sheppard, “Preparing for Plug-in Electric Vehicles on the North Coast”
  • Yvonne Everett, “Collaborative Cross-Boundary Stewardship: International Comparisons of Challenges and Success”
  • Denise Burchsted, “Natural Dams and the River Dis-Continuum”
  • Duncan Calloway, “Leveraging Large Data Sets and Control to Enable Low Carbon Power Systems”
  • Chris Peters, “Native American Sovereignty: A Sustainable Paradigm”

Fall 2013

  • 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” 
  • Nathan Hultman, “US Climate Policy and Prospects for a 2015 International Climate Agreement”
  • Gwyn Kirk, “Environmental Security and National Security: Are They Compatible?”
  • Ted Bilek, “An Outlook for Forest Products and Timber Markets: 2012-2030”
  • Susan Handy, “Driving Less”
  • Erin Kelly, “Sustaining Rural Places: What Are We Sustaining”

Spring 2013

  • John Laird, “California’s Sustainable Resources Future”
  • Nicholas Lam, “Let There Be (Clean) Light: How Kerosene Lighting in Developing Countries Is Contributing to Climate Warming and the Global Disease Burden”
  • Julie Guthman, “Fat Places? Exploring Environmental Causes of Obsesity”
  • Jonathan Woolley, “Radically Efficient Design for Zero Net Energy Buildings”
  • 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”
  • Laurie Richmond, “Incorporating Human Dimensions into Environmental Management: A Story in Three Acts”
  • Jen Marlow, “Climate Change and Human Rights: Justice Beyond Law”

Fall 2012

  • Greg Davis, “Curiosity and Beyond: Exciting Developments in NASA’s Unmanned Space Program”
  • Matthew Marshall and Jim Zoellick, “RePowering Humboldt: A Strategic Plan to Scale Up Renewable Energy Use in Humboldt County”
  • Andrea Tuttle, “What Next for AB32? California’s Efforts to Implement the Global Warming Solutions Act”
  • Corey Johnson, “Geopolitics of Overconsumption”
  • Miguel Altieri, “Who Will Feed Us in a Planet in Crisis”
  • Anthony Eggert, “California’s Clean Energy Future: Policies and Politics”
  • Mark Baker, “Neoliberalism and the Environment: The Case of Small Hydropower Development in the Western Himalaya”

Spring 2012

  • Antwi Akom, “Race, Power, and the Environment: Using Participatory Mapping and New Media to Build a Community-Based Climate Justice Movement”
  • Zack Zoller, “Solar Makes It Big: Scaling Up Solar Photovoltaics for Large Systems”
  • Lindsay Magnuson, “Land Conservation on the North Coast Using the Land Trust Model”
  • Simone Pulver, “Addressing Climate Change through Carbon Markets: Lessons Learned in Brazil and India”
  • 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”
  • Kathleen McAfee, “Cooling the Planet or Feeding the World: Do We Have To Choose?”
  • Seth Wilson, “Conservation on the Edge: Large Carnivores and Building Communities of Coexistence”

Fall 2011

  • September 22-23, Traditional Ecological Knowledge Symposium
  • Jeff Mapes, “How the Bicycle is Changing American Cities”
  • Evan Mills, “The Carbon Footprint of Indoor Cannabis Production”
  • Arne Jacobson, “Super Efficient Appliances, International Cooperation, and the Climate Challenge”
  • Amol Phadke, “Low Carbon Strategies for the Indian Electricity Sector: Opportunities for Leapfrogging”
  • Geeta Chowdhry, “To Bt or not to Bt? Transnational Capital, the State, Civil Society and the Struggle over Food Sovereignty in India”
  • Noah Zerbe, “Reshaping Globalization from the Ground Up: Community Resilience and Transformation in Durban, South Africa”
  • John Elliot, “UC Merced: Achieving Zero Net Energy and Zero Landfill Waste by 2020”

Spring 2011

  • Jim Hight, “Climate Change Policy in North America: Reasons for Optimism”
  • Steven Hackett and Luke Scheidler, “The Economics of Clean Energy in Humboldt County”
  • 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”
  • Judith Mayer, “Borneo to California and Back”
  • Eric Holt-Giménez, “Food Rebellions: Crisis and the Hunger for Justice”
  • Tim Palmer, “Rivers of America”

Fall 2010

  • 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”
  • 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”

Spring 2010

  • 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”
  • Omar Masera, “Efficient Cookstoves – Mitigating Climate Change While Advancing Sustainable Development Priorities: The Case of Efficient Cookstoves”
  • 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”

Fall 2009

  • 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”
  • 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”

Spring 2009

  • Stephen Most, “Fixing the World: Conflict and Consensus in the Klamath Basin”
  • Jamie Levin, “The Future of Public Transport – In Pursuit of Zero Emissions”
  • Richard L. Corsi, “Smog and Lemons: American Homes as Chemical Reactors and the Role of Energy Conservation in Reactor ‘Design’” 
  • 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”
  • Adam R. Brandt, “Avoiding High Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Future Transportation Fuels: The Case of Oil Shale”
  • Jessica Urban, “Demystifying and Deconstructing Disinformation: Population Issues and Environmental (In)Security”

Fall 2008

  • Chris Greacen, “Renewable Energy Policy and Planning in Thailand”
  • Richard Varenchik, “California’s Efforts to Control Climate Change”
  • Steven Hackett, “Economic and Social Considerations for Wave Energy Development in California”
  • 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”

Spring 2008

  • Zoe Hammer, “Inventing Just Futures: Organizing for Human Rights in the Sonoran Desert”
  • Matthew St. Clair, “Campus Sustainability at California Universities”
  • Betsy Hartmann, “Rethinking the Population Problem: The Terror of False Assumptions”
  • Rick Duke, “The Five Trillion Dollar Challenge: A Roadmap for Containing Climate Change”
  • John Meyer, “The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice”
  • H.I. Bud Beebe, “SMUD’s Utility Planning for Climate Change: Mitigation, Adaptation, Regulation”

Fall 2007

  • 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”

Spring 2007

  • Michael Shellenberger, “Beyond Environmentalism: Creating a Politics Capable of Dealing with Global Warming and Other Ecological Crises”
  • Alex Farrell, “The Race for 21st Century Fuels”
  • 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”

Fall 2006

  • 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”

Spring 2006

  • 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”

Fall 2005

  • Jim Zoellick, “Humboldt County’s Energy Picture”
  • Joan Ogden, “The Outlook for Hydrogen as an Energy Carrier”
  • Michel Gelobter, “The Soul of Environmentalism”
  • Mark Hankins, “Approaches to Rural Electrification in East Africa: Donors, Projects, Rural Electrification”

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