2016-2017 Hayward Sustainability Speaker Series--Speaker List & Video Archive

The Sustainability Speaker Series is supported by a generous grant from Nancy Eccles and Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation.  Below are listed speakers and events in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Setting the Course:  California Leadership in the Age of Trump
Panel Discussion with Senator Bill Monning, Assemblyman Mark Stone, and Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird

With the Trump administration looking to roll back progress on healthcare, environmental sustainability, civil rights, and social equity, California is charting a course in the opposite direction. With a large Democratic majority, the Golden State is poised to assume an even greater leadership role on the environment, economy, and social justice. On the evening of Thursday, April 13th, the community gathered at the Irvine Auditorium to hear a lively discussion with some of California's most visionary leaders as they set the course for the California in the Age of Trump.

Event Date:  Thursday, April 13, 2017, Irvine Auditorium, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Event Website:  With more information on the topic and panelists:  http://centerfortheblueeconomy.org/californialeadership

Event Video:  High quality video is pending, but a video capture of the web simulcast is available here:  go.miis.edu/ca-leadership

Audience Questions:  Questions were received throughout the evening via email, text, and hand-written form.   Audience Questions

10 Tips for Effective Advocacy:  Senator Bill Monning created this list of "10 Tips for Effective Advocacy."     10 Tips for Effective Advocacy

Written on the Body: Impact of Food Insecurity Across Generations
Molly Anderson:  Professor, Middlebury College

Molly Anderson Picture

Thursday, March 30
McGowan 102


About the Topic: Molly considers the ways that food insecurity affects mothers, children, and their children through the multifaceted impacts of poverty and injustice globally.

About the Speaker: Molly is shaping the Food Studies Program at Middlebury College in Vermont where she teaches about hunger and food security, fixing food systems, and sustainability. She bridges interests and concerns of academicians and community-based activists and is involved in food system planning at the state, regional and international scales. Molly earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Systems Ecology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Related Link:  http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/food-studies

Co-Sponsors:  Co-Sponsored by the MIIS International Environmental Policy Department; the Department of Development, Practice, and Policy; and the William Cole Tellman Library, with support from the One Middlebury fund.

Show Me the Money!  Finance for Conservation
Ricardo Bayon:  Partner and Co-Founder, Encourage Capital

Ricardo Bayon Picture

Wednesday, March 15
McGowan Building, Digital Learning Commons Design Space,
420 Calle Principal


About the Topic:   How do financial markets and conservation interact? Are there ways to use finance to achieve conservation goals? What is impact investment and what role might it play in conservation? This presentation will look at the linkage between finance and conservation by focusing in on the specific examples and experiences of  Encourage Capital, an impact investment firm trying to make investments that are both profitable to investors, while also helping address global social and environmental problems.

About the Speaker: Ricardo Bayon is a Partner and a member of the Board of Directors of Encourage Capital. He leads the water team and new business and innovation at Encourage and works across several other investment sectors. Ricardo is a member of the Investment Committee of the EKO Green Carbon Fund. Prior to co-founding EKO in 2007 and helped found and serve as the Managing Director of the Ecosystem Marketplace, a web site and information/analysis service covering the emerging environmental markets.

Audio of Speech, pending.

Collaborating to Solve Problems in an Age of Polarization
Sarah Stokes Alexander:  Vice President, Programs, Keystone Policy Group

Sarah Alexander Picture

Thursday, March 16
McGowan 100


About the Topic:   Gridlock.  We have seen it working at state, national and local levels hampering the cause of sound policy.  What if there were a way to bring together key thought leaders, decision-makers, and influencers who can forge alliances, make decisions, and resolve conflicts?  The Keystone Policy Center has been doing just that since 1975. With a commitment to independence and good science, Keystone designs and leads consensus-building processes to address a wide range of challenging issues in agriculture, education, energy, the environment and health.  Sarah Stokes Alexander will talk about the work of the Keystone Policy Center to bring together diverse view points to solve some of today's most pressing problems.  She will share what she has learned about how to make progress together despite the polarization in today’s policy environment.  

About the Speaker: Sarah Stokes Alexander serves as Vice President of Programs for Keystone Policy Center and has over 18 years of experience working as a facilitator on collaborative problem-solving models. She has facilitated numerous efforts in the areas of sustainability, agriculture, transportation, environmental cleanup, and forestry at local, national, and international levels. She has provided facilitation of industry-led sustainability initiatives, interagency coordination efforts, regulatory negotiations, strategic planning, and national and regional dialogues. She provides training in collaborative leadership, stakeholder engagement, and sustainability strategies. She graduated from Middlebury College with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and holds a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University.

Related Link:  https://www.keystone.org/

Lecture Video:  Collaborating to Solve Problems in an Age of Polarization

Lecture Materials:  PowerPoint Presentation

Brewing a Successful Sustainability Program
Cheri Chastain: Sustainability Manager, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Cheri Chastain Picture

Thursday, February 23
McGowan 100


About the Topic: Cheri Chastain, Sierra Nevada’s Sustainability Manager, will share Sierra Nevada’s amazing sustainability story.  Learn how Sierra Nevada has incorporated sustainability into every decision that is made within the company and how it has led to having one of the largest privately-owned solar systems in the country, achieving a 99.8% diversion from landfill rate, and being the first company to achieve Platinum LEED and Zero Waste Certification at one facility.  Cheri will share successes as well as lessons learned along Sierra Nevada’s sustainability journey as well has how Sierra Nevada intends to engage in policy and advocacy to continue to advance business sustainability efforts. 

About the Speaker: Cheri Chastain is the Sustainability Manager for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.  Cheri has been with the company for 10 years and is responsible for educating employees on environmental issues and programs, maintaining and developing policies and projects related to renewable energy and energy efficiency, zero waste, alternative fuels, and water conservation and reuse.  Cheri also works outside Sierra Nevada’s walls on policy and advocacy issues relating to sustainability.  Cheri is currently a member of the City of Chico’s Sustainability Task Force, Co-Chair of the Brewer’s Association Sustainability Subcommittee, and a board member of the US Zero Waste Business Council.  Cheri has a BA and an MA in Environmental Geography.

Related Link:  www.sierranevada.com/brewery/about-us/sustainability

Video of Lecture:  Brewing a Successful Sustainability Program


From Greed to Well-Being:  Regenerative Economics
Joel Magnuson: Author, Economist, Speaker

Joel Magnuson Picture

Thursday, February 2
McGowan 100

About the Topic: As we reflect on the magnitude our current political and ecological problems, it is becoming evident that societies everywhere need to be rethinking and reinventing solutions. In this talk, Mr. Magnuson will make a case for a process of economic regeneration and change through developing new economic models that stand outside of business as usual. In his new book, From Greed to Well Being: A Buddhist Approach to Resolving Our Economic and Financial Crises, he argues that perhaps the most effective strategy for real change is to first develop locally-based economic institutions that that are genuinely responsive to the needs of people and communities, that are stable, and are grounded in ecologically sound principles. With any measure of success in grassroots institution building, communities can be much more empowered, and with that empowerment be in a better position to push upward for genuine reform at the national and international levels.

About the Speaker: Joel Magnuson, PhD, is an independent economist and writer based in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of Mindful Economics: How the US Economy Works, Why it Matters, and How It Could Be Different (2008), The Approaching Great Transformation: Toward a Livable Post-Carbon Economy (2013), and, From Greed to Wellbeing: A Buddhist Approach to Resolving Our Economic and Financial Crises (2016), as well numerous articles in journals and anthologies in the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Related Link:  http://joelcmagnuson.com

*Video of Lecture:  From Greed to Well-Being:  Regenerative Economics

*Special thanks to Mr. Hebard Olsen, independent videographer and contributor to local public access TV for providing video of lecture

Resilience Design for A Rapidly Changing Ecological and Social Climate
Warren Brush: Resilience Educator and Designer, USAID – TOPS Program

Friday, September 23
Morse Building, Room B105


About the Topic: In this presentation, Warren Brush will give an introduction to the Resilience Design Framework and Permagarden Program that is an integration of agroecology, permaculture design, and rainwater harvesting practices and principles. In times of global climate extremes and instability, ecological degeneration, social restlessness, and economic volatility, this training is being promoted by USAID through their TOPS (technical operations performance support) program as part of their Food for Peace programming as an essential training to promote resilience in their beneficiary communities. It consists of practical design tools and participatory methods for working with the patterns of landscape, local resources and local innovation to restore hydrological stability, create regenerative agriculture practices, eliminating waste and creating economic viability through ecological stability with high-risk communities globally.

About the Speaker: Warren Brush is a global resilience design consultant, educator, lecturer and storyteller. He has worked for over 25 years in regenerative systems design for communities, private and public organizations, households, small holder farms, and conservation properties worldwide. He is co-founder of Quail Springs Permaculture, Regenerative Earth Enterprises, Sustainable Vocations, Wilderness Youth Project, Casitas Valley Farm and Creamery and his Permaculture design company, True Nature Design.  He is also an advising founder of the Permaculture Research Institute of Kenya. He is a part of the USAID’s TOPS (Technical, Operations, Performance Support) program where he trains technical field staff, for their African Food for Peace programs, in a Resilience Design Framework. He works extensively in North America, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Australia. He has taught the following courses: Permaculture Design Certification, Earthworks for Resiliency, Resilient Smallholder Farm Design, Permaculture for International Development, Rainwater Harvesting Systems, Ferro-Cement Tank Building, Community Design Using Permaculture, Permaculture Investing, Spring Rejuvenation and Watershed Restoration, Compost Toilet Systems, Water for Every Farm, Drought Proofing Landscapes, and Ecological Restoration.

Video of Lecture:  Resilience Design for A Rapidly Changing Ecological and Social Climate

Slides from Lecture

Speaker Contact

  • www.permaculturedesign.us or
  • warrenbrush@mac.com

Related Links

Secure Oceans:  Recommendations for the World's Largest Crime Scene

USS KITTY HAWK, At sea (Sept. 5, 2007) - Naval ships from India, Australia, Japan, Singapore, and the United States steam in formation in the Bay of Bengal during Exercise Malabar 07-2 on Sept. 5.  The formation included USS Kitty Hawk, USS Nimitz, INS Viraat, JS Yuudachi, JS Ohnami, RSS Formidable, HMAS Adelaide, INS Ranvijay, INS Brahmaputra, INS Ranjit, USS Chicago and USS Higgins. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stephen W. RoweThe pillage of the world’s oceans represents threats to vital U.S. and global economic, environmental and security interests. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that our oceans are the world’s largest crime scene due to rampant illegal fishing, increased piracy, trafficking of drugs, arms, and persons, and growing conflict over fishing grounds.  Johan Bergenäs, Director of the Partnerships in Security and Development Program at the Stimson Center and co-author of “Secure Oceans” gave a fantastic presentation on this complex topic followed by a lively panel discussion on how best to amplify, accelerate and strengthen the global response to protecting our oceans.  A reception with the speaker and panelists followed the discussion.

Event Date:  Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at the Irvine Auditorium, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Event Webpage:  With more information on the topic, speaker,  and panelists.

Event Video:   Now available on the above webpage.

Sonic Sea:  Film Screening and Panel Discussion

SonicSea_BannerThe oceans are a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life. But man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world. Sonic Sea is a film about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution. This was a free film screening followed by a panel discussion including Michael Jasny, Director of the Marine Mammal Protection Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council and Brandon Southall, President and Senior Scientist for Southall Environmental Associates (SEA) Inc., and former Director of NOAAs Ocean Acoustics Program.

Event Date:  Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the Irvine Auditorium, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Event Webpage:  With more information on the film and panelists.

Upcoming Screenings:  Sonic Sea can be viewed at upcoming screenings around the world.

Take Action:   You can take action on this important issue by signing up on the Sonic Sea Alert List.  You'll get a series of alerts for taking action on this issue, starting with a petition to major shipping lines.

Event Video:  You can see the panel discussion and Q&A session with our guests Dr. Michael Jasny and Dr. Brandon Southall, also archived on:  http://centerfortheblueeconomy/sonic

The Arctic in the Mirror:  Closer Than It Appears

ArcticMirror_Banner_1650x375_v2The Arctic seems remote and disconnected from lower latitudes, but it is rapidly approaching as a force influencing life all over the planet. Like an object in the rear view mirror, the Arctic is closer than it appears. Dr. Brendan P. Kelly, Executive Director of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change, shared his knowledge based on four decades of studying Arctic ecosystems with indigenous and scientific teachers at this March 29th event. He offered perspectives on how changes in energy use and economics are altering the Arctic environment challenging our ethical responses.

Event Date:  Tuesday, March 29, 2016,6:30-7:30PM, at the Irvine Auditorium, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Event Webpage:  With more information on the speaker. 

Event Video:  Available on Request (video has poor sound quality)--contact cbe@miis.edu

Upcoming Lectures/Webinars:      Dr. Kelly will give a talk on climate change and the influence of the poles on the Monterey Bay, Monday, May 16th, 2016.  Details are included in the flyer for the event:  Truth, Wisdom, and the American Way Lecture/Dinner event (click to download flyer—$18.00 dinner and lecture)

Dr. Kelly will part of the 2016 Polar Prediction Workshop hosted by the Sea Ice Prediction Network, May 4-6, 2016 at Columbia University.  
More information can be found on the Sea Ice Prediction Network website.

Webinar, Wednesday, May 4th, 12pm PST (free event) :  Next Generation Earth System Prediction: Strategies for Sub-seasonal to Seasonal Forecasts, exploring a recent report that presents a 10-year research agenda to strengthen weather and ocean predictions.  You can also download the full report at that website.

Further Reading on this Issue:  

Scientists are floored by what’s happening in the Arctic right now,” Washington Post, February 18, 2016
Climate Model Predicts West Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Melt Rapidly,” New York Times, March 30th, 2016

Additional speakers in 2016-2017:  No videos are available for these speakers, but we present the speaker and topic list.

Technology, Health and Food Choice
Molly Maloof
Medical Advisor for Anonos, DoctorBase, and Swan Sleep Solutions, Director of Clinical Strategy for 3scan, Private Practice Physician
May 16
Morse B106

Dr. Molly Maloof's goal is to maximize human potential by dramatically extending human healthspan through medical technology, scientific wellness, & educational media. When she saw the digital revolution transforming medicine she knew she had to be a part of it. Since 2012 she has worked as an independent advisor and strategy consultant to over 17 technology companies in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Her fascination with innovation has transferred into her private medical practice, which is focused on providing health optimization and personalized medicine to entrepreneurs, investors, and executives. Her iterative programs take the quantified self to the extreme through comprehensive testing of clinical chemistry, metabolomics, microbiome, biometrics, and genomic markers. She favors the use of food over pharmacology and believes the next frontier in tech is the exploration of our “inner media.”

The Role of Impact Investing in Solving Global Sustainability Problems
Ricardo Bayon
Partner and Co-founder of Encourage Capital, Co-founder of EKO Asset Management Partners, Founder of Ecosystem Marketplace
February 24, 2016
McGowan 102

Ricardo Bayon is a partner and a member of the Board of Directors of Encourage Capital. He leads the water team and new business and innovation at Encourage and works across several other investment sectors. He is a member of the Investment Committee of the EKO Green Carbon Fund. In addition, prior to co-founding EKO in 2007, Ricardo helped found and served as the Managing Director of the Ecosystem Marketplace, a website and information/analysis service covering the emerging environmental markets.

Managing Transboundary Waters: Promise and Peril
Aaron Wolf
Professor of Geography, Oregon State University
March 30th, 2016
McGowan 102
Aaron Wolf is an internationally recognized expert on water cooperation and conflict resolution. He teaches in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science at Oregon State University in Corvalis and directs the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation. He has consulted to the US State Department, USAID, the World Bank, and several governments and has published seven books and more than 50 articles on water conflict and cooperation. Additionally, in 2015 he won the prestigious Heinz Award in the category of public policy. Click here to learn more about Aaron Wolf's Heinz Award.

Reducing Animal Consumption in China
Matt Grager
Climate Program Officer for WildAid, Member of the Board of Directors for California Communications Access Foundation
April 4
11-12 AM
Morse B106

Matt Grager joined WildAid in 2015 to coordinate its fight against climate change, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by advocating for individual behavior change. His diverse nonprofit and social justice background includes experience in communications, marketing, fundraising, and program development.
Before joining WildAid, Matt developed and led the disaster resilience program at Give2Asia. That program continues to help communities at risk of natural disasters and climate change by supporting, training and funding local NGOs and educating international philanthropists on the subject.
After teaching English as a foreign language in Istanbul, Turkey and Jeju, South Korea, Matt reluctantly repatriated in 2011, but his passion for ecploring new places and cultures remains. He has a dagree in print journalism from Chapman University and previously worked as a sports reporter for The Orange County Register. When not traveling abroad, he enjoys hiking, writing, and cooking.
Behavior Design and Food Choice
Julia Townsend
Founder and Principal of Enviro-Strategy, Program Associate for Regional Water Management Foundation, Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, Member of IUCN, Adjunct Professor for Middlebury Institute of International Studies
April 11
11-12 AM
Morse B106

Julia is also the founder and principal consultant for Enviro-Strategy, where she is currently designing and implementing pilot projects related to residential water use for the Soquel Creek Water District. She has received numerous honors and appointments including being a 2014 Global Youth Ambassador, representing the U.S. at the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia. Click here for more information on our esteemed MIIS Adjunct Professor Julia Townsend.

Paddle On!
Alyssum Pohl
Keynote Speaker for Earth Week
April 20
McGowan 100
Alyssum Pohl, a MIIS alumnus, will be visiting Monterey for our Earth Week line-up and will be speaking on her experience of kayaking the Mississippi River while collecting and documenting plastic waste along the river. Her amazing experience is documented through blogs on her Paddle On! website along with her confirmed speaking dates and locations this Spring.
Come join us at MIIS on April 20th to hear Alyssum Pohl speak on this important topic!

Equity, Ambition and Paris: What next for the global climate regime?
Tom Athanasiou
Coordinator for Climate Action Network's Equity Working Group, Co-Director for the Climate Equity Reference Project
April 28
McGowan 102

Tom Athanasiou is a climate-equity specialist.  He coordinates the Climate Action Network’s Equity Working Group, and co-directs the Climate Equity Reference Project, a long-term modeling and policy analysis initiative designed to advance equity as a driver of extremely ambitious global climate mobilization.  His principle interest is distributional justice within the context of an emergency global climate mobilization, which he hopes to live to see.  As a writer, he is the author of Divided Planet: the Ecology of Rich and Poor, and the co-author of Dead Heat: Global Justice and Global Warming and Greenhouse Development Rights: The Right to Development in a Climate Constrained World.  He is also currently writing a new book, entitled Justice within Limits.

Urban Sharecropping with Good Neighbor Gardens
Mia Vaughnes
Co-Founder of Good Neighbor Gardens
May 9
Morse B106

In 1987 Mia started an organic food cart at UCSD supporting local organic farmers.  There was just a handful at the time. She was one of the early pioneers who taught students the importance of eating "organic" at a time when the word was not yet in most people's consciousness.
“I think we are living in a socially disconnected and health starved community. Food can bring us together. It has always been the life-giving, unifying force and tastes better when shared. It's the common denominator by which we can work together, side by side to regenerate ourselves and our community".

The Success and Challenges of Revolution Foods
Kirsten Tobey
Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer of Revolution Foods
May 9
11-12 AM
Morse B106

Kirsten began her career teaching and leading education programs in the U.S. and Latin America. She is an Ashoka Fellow, Aspen Institute Environmental Fellow, member of the Culinary Institute of America's Sustainable Business Leadership Council and past mentor for the Women's Initiative Fellowship Program.