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.
The Dawn of Sustainable Seafood in Japan
Dr. Isao Sakaguchi
Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Blue Economy
Professor of International Relations, Faculty of Law
Gakushuin University, Tokyo, Japan
Thursday, May 11th
Center for the Blue Economy, MIIS
Craig Building, Room 10
472 Pierce Street, Monterey, CA 93940
About the Topic
In the global fishing economy, Japan is a titan. Japan is the second-largest fish and seafood importer in the world and the top market in all of Asia. However, retailers and restaurants sell seafood without considering sustainability. Three Bluefin tuna species and three eel species are all classified as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), basically because of high demand in the Japanese market. Seafood caught by illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fisheries flows into the unethical Japanese market. More than half of the coastal fish stocks in Japan are now in over-fished status. Consumers are blissfully unaware.
Walking through the isles of a Japanese supermarket, it is uncommon to see sustainable seafood certification labels. Why is this? Because there is a severe public governance deficit in the management of fisheries and aquaculture. In Japan, public regulation is dysfunctional.
But there is hope. Private certification schemes and rating schemes (similar to Seafood Watch) have begun to play a central role in promoting sustainable fisheries and aquaculture through an enlightened market. There is mounting economic pressure for sustainable seafood ahead of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020. Sustainable sourcing of seafood became a norm of the International Olympic Committee in 2012, and more and more fishermen and aquaculture farmers in Japan are now interested in seafood certification. Recently, the largest supermarket company in Japan announced a new policy to sustainably source all seafood and aquaculture products. The tides may indeed be turning.
However, legitimate international certification agencies are locked in an unusual battle with Japanese local schemes. These local schemes are strongly promoted by the Fisheries Agency of Japan, but work as “blue-washing” mechanisms. For example, they call practices like targeting spawning schools of pacific Bluefin tuna "sustainable." In addition, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee recently adopted a lax sourcing code ahead of the 2020 Olympics, which may jeopardize the future of the sustainable seafood market in Japan.
The dawn of sustainable seafood faces a highly uncertain future, but with more and more public awareness, there is hope. Join Dr. Isao Sakaguchi, Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Blue Economy, as he discusses current efforts to rescue the nascent sustainable seafood market in Japan.
About the Speaker
Dr. Isao Sakaguchi joined the Center for the Blue Economy as a Visiting Scholar in September of 2016. He is former Chair of the Department of Political Studies and currently Professor of International Relations with the Faculty of Law at Gakushuin University in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Sakaguchi will be researching issues of seafood traceability in the course of his 18 month appointment with the Center for the Blue Economy. His primary research agenda is “Exploration of Effective Growth of Private Seafood Sustainability Certification Schemes.” Dr. Sakaguchi will analyze the conditions of effective growth of certification schemes through comparative case studies of fisheries and aquaculture schemes as a part of a larger joint-research project which includes comparison with certification schemes of forestry and biofuels. The goal of this study is to provide a rich set of policy guidelines for those who govern and to sponsor and promote legitimate seafood certification schemes that can adjust to changing circumstances.
Engaging Any Audience: Filmmaking Story Art Techniques to Effectively Communicate Science, Policy & Professional Work
Sara ElShafie, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology, UC Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley
Thursday, May 4
About the Workshop: This workshop offers customized communication training using story art techniques from filmmaking. We will discuss how to employ these techniques to create both storyline and visual media in presentations for general and specialized audiences. The major objectives of this workshop are to (1) offer practical tools that professionals can use to make their work accessible and engaging for any audience; (2) help professionals to clearly articulate their career motivations using story strategies; and (3) discuss challenges and opportunities of communicating professional work through story.
This workshop was developed in collaboration with artists at Pixar Animation Studios and educators at the University of California Museum of Paleontology. The speaker will use examples from Pixar films to illustrate principles of story and visual language development. She connects these with examples from her own scientific research to demonstrate how these principles can be used to effectively communicate professional work.
The workshop alternates between presentation, group discussion, and partner exercises. Throughout the workshop, participants create and share their own stories about their professional work. Participants will leave with an outline for a future presentation or “elevator pitch,” as well as a conceptual framework for future communication opportunities.
About the Speaker: Sara ElShafie is a doctoral candidate in Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research, based at the UC Museum of Paleontology at Berkeley, investigates climate change impacts on animal communities over time. Sara is passionate about making research accessible and exciting for the masses. She is working with artists, scientists, and educators around country to develop programs that train professionals to engage broad audiences with their work.
Before entering her doctoral program at UC Berkeley, Sara completed her B.A. in Biological Sciences at the University of Chicago. During her time in Chicago, Sara discovered a passion for informal education through work with outreach programs for inner-city youth. She then founded a student-run outreach and mentorship program at UChicago. Sara continued to develop her interest in outreach while completing a Masters degree in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She joined the Ph.D. program at UC Berkeley with the intention to pursue a career in science education leadership.
A year into her Ph.D., Sara began to seek communication training because she was struggling to engage non-specialists with her research. A lifelong Pixar fan, she reached out to the studio to arrange a storytelling seminar for graduate students. She has since developed an ongoing collaboration with artists at Pixar to create communication workshops that focus on story training.
In her spare time, Sara loves to watch movies, travel, hike, scuba dive, and play with her pet geckos.
Tools for Environmental Planners
Essra Mostafavi, Senior Project Manager, Geode Environmental and Steve Karamitros, Associate Environmental Planner California Department of Transportation
Friday, April 28
About the Topic: This talk provides an introduction to the conceptual framework of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) & the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and aims to guide IEP students who are oriented towards careers in domestic environmental planning. The topics introduced will include approaches for aligning project-environmental commitments with an organization’s strategic objectives, whether in the public regulatory sphere or consultancy in the private sector. An introduction to the spectrum of “adverse environmental effects,” will have students thinking like Environmental Planners, allowing them to create the avoidance, mitigation and minimization measures needed to remediate the impacts of various infrastructural and construction-related projects. An overview of the environmental assessment process, the specific resources under consideration, and the regulatory agencies involved in environmental planning will give students a crucial methodological foundation for entering the workforce as an Environmental Planner. We will also discuss the role “environmental consultancies” play as associates working alongside public regulators. Students will emerge with a firm grasp of how, as team-member associates or project managers, they can work with engineers and scientists to build deliverable projects that balance environmental stewardship with a project’s purpose and need.
About the Speakers: Essra was an Associate Environmental Planner with the State of California for three years. Subsequently, she became a Senior Project Manager with an environmental firm in the private sector. She is also the founder and president Geode Environmental, an environmental consulting firm. She served as Acting Country Director (Nigeria) for Winrock International. While there, she directed sustainable agricultural projects funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). As a former MIIS alumnus she has worked on environmental issues related to watershed stewardship, agricultural development and transportation projects, including California’s proposed high-speed rail project. Her interests include the study of ecology and human rights protection, literature and spending time in nature. She lives near the Eastern Sierras with her husband, Steve.
Steve is currently an Associate Environmental Planner with the State of California. His work focuses on creating deliverable transportation-related construction projects that protect cultural and natural resources. His work takes engineering and design plans and runs them through various filters, such as the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, hazardous waste regulations, archaeological and cultural regulations, Environmental Justice (Executive Order 12898) and many others. A former MIIS alumnus, he has also worked on projects related to sustainable agriculture and energy in a variety of foreign countries, including Chile, Canada and Vietnam. His interests include critical theory, literature and philosophy. He enjoys hiking and climbing along the Eastern Sierras, where he currently resides with his wife, Essra.
Saving the Coast: California's Legacy in a Changing Climate
Tuesday, April 25
About the Topic: California has been an international leader in coastal protection for more than four decades. The state has expanded public access to the shoreline, protected countless sensitive habitats, and maintained scenic, rural and agricultural coastal landscapes. The California coast and ocean economy generates more than $40 billion a year. Climate change, though, poses an existential threat to California’s coastal resources and economy. This is particularly true for global sea level rise, which threatens to literally erode our coastal communities and many of the public access gains of the last forty years. A renewed commitment to and investment in the fundamental objectives of the Coastal Act will be needed to continue California’s leading legacy of coastal management success. Join former Executive Director of the Coastal Commission Charles Lester as he discusses the past, present, and future of the California coast in conversation with Jason Scorse, Director of the Center for the Blue Economy.
About the Speaker: Dr. Charles Lester has been working in the field of ocean and coastal management for more than 25 years. He is currently at the Institute of Marine Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, researching and writing about sea level rise, coastal resilience, and other aspects of California coastal law and policy. Charles previously worked for the California Coastal Commission, including serving as the fourth executive director of the agency from 2011 to 2016. He also served as the Commission’s senior deputy director, a district director and manager in the agency’s Santa Cruz office, a coastal program analyst, and a student intern during graduate school.
Before moving to Santa Cruz, Charles was an assistant professor of political science at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he taught environmental law and policy, with a focus on public lands governance and coastal zone management. He also worked with NOAA’s General Counsel for Ocean Services.
Charles received his J.D. and his Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California at Berkeley. His doctoral thesis examined the politics, policy and law of offshore oil development in the United States. He earned his B.A. in Geochemistry in 1984 from Columbia University in New York City, and worked his college summers at the Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory.
Charles lives in Soquel with his wife, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and a remarkably resilient betta fish.
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
Thursday, March 30
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
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.
Sarah Stokes Alexander: Vice President, Programs, Keystone Policy Group
Thursday, March 16
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
Cheri Chastain: Sustainability Manager, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Thursday, February 23
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
Thursday, February 2
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
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
- www.permaculturedesign.us or
- Resilience Design Facebook Group
Secure Oceans: Recommendations for the World's Largest Crime Scene
The 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
The 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
The 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 email@example.com
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
Medical Advisor for Anonos, DoctorBase, and Swan Sleep Solutions, Director of Clinical Strategy for 3scan, Private Practice Physician
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
Partner and Co-founder of Encourage Capital, Co-founder of EKO Asset Management Partners, Founder of Ecosystem Marketplace
February 24, 2016
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
Professor of Geography, Oregon State University
March 30th, 2016
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
Climate Program Officer for WildAid, Member of the Board of Directors for California Communications Access Foundation
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
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
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.
Keynote Speaker for Earth Week
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?
Coordinator for Climate Action Network's Equity Working Group, Co-Director for the Climate Equity Reference Project
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
Co-Founder of Good Neighbor Gardens
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
Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer of Revolution Foods
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.