- This event has passed.
May 1 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Climate change is a pressing and urgent global issue and a challenge that needs planet and human focused solutions. Join UC Berkeley’s Director of Sustainability and UC Berkeley’s Executive Director, Center for Environmental Public Policy, for a lively discussion highlighting policy and implementation action happening in the state, bay area cities, and the UC system to reduce carbon emissions.
The state has signed into law numerous policies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emission from buildings, industrial processes, vehicles, agricultural and solid waste management, electric power and fossil fuel production and freight transport. Those policies are continuously evolving to reflect change in technology, markets and public opinion In similar suit, UC Berkeley and the UC system have pledged to be carbon neutral from building and fleet energy use by 2025 and from transportation and other sources by 2050. The presenters will cover what is underway in green building, energy efficiency, clean electricity, resource management, and behavior-based programs, and how these can help meet these ambitious but achievable goals.
Kira Stoll was the 2016 recipient of The Sustainability Champion Award at this year’s California Higher Education Sustainability Conference. Kira was celebrated for recognizing the critical role staff play in transforming campus operations as well as providing leadership for UC system-wide initiatives. At the campus level, Kira spearheaded a solar energy procurement project to bring 1MW of photovoltaic energy to campus, through a collaborative RFQ with 19 other public agencies. She has also worked diligently to improve alternative transportation options on campus as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions from operations. In her system-wide role as co-chair of the Climate Change Working Group and representative to the UC Global Climate Leadership Council, Kira has advocated for staff engagement and climate action planning that has driven progress towards UC’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2025.
David Wooley is a Visiting Professor at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy and Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Public Policy. He has over 30 years’ experience with electric power regulation, climate policy and Clean Air Act implementation. David is also Of Counsel at the Oakland firm of Keyes & Fox LLP, a law practice focused on distributed energy resources and is a consultant to the Energy Foundation. Previously, David served as an Assistant Attorney General in NY, taught energy and environmental law at Pace University Law School and was a founder of and Executive Director of the Pace Energy Project. Later he directed the American Wind Energy Association’s Northeast Policy Project, served as Counsel to the Clean Air Task Force and as Vice President for Domestic Policy Initiatives at the Energy Foundation in San Francisco. David is co-author of West Group’s Clean Air Act Handbook (2017).
- Olli Berkeley
- Jarett KobekAuthor of "I Hate the Internet", an international bestseller set mostly in San Francisco and inspired by the tech-fueled gentrification that has so rapidly changed the city, Jarett Kobek reads from his new novel "Only Americans Burn in Hell." Set in 2019, it's a satirical fantasy featuring an immortal fairy queen and a Saudi prince […]
- Mimi LokRecipient of a Smithsonian Ingenuity Award for her work with Voice of Witness, the human rights and oral history nonprofit she co-founded to amplify marginalized voices through a book series and national education program, Mimi Lok celebrates the publication of her debut novella and story collection, "Last of Her Name." She'll be in conversation with […]
- 2019 Moby Dick Reading MarathonNow an annual tradition, the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park hosts a 24-hour reading marathon of Herman Melville's classic novel "Moby Dick", considered by many to be one of the great American novels. The marathon is open, so you can join the cast of 100+ readers by signing up for a chapter or two, […]
- Zadie SmithThe beloved author of six novels including "White Teeth", "NW" and "Swing Time", and a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Zadie Smith appears at City Arts & Lectures to read from her first story collection "Grand Union", which includes 10 new stories. She is celebrated for her superb dialogue and emotionally rich writing, which […]
- Nick FlynnBest known for his 2004 memoir "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City", which was adapted into the film "Being Flynn" starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore, Nick Flynn is a lyrically intense poet. His first collection, "Some Ether", won the debut PEN/Joyce Osterwil Award for Poetry. He reads from his 5th collection, "I Will […]
- Patricia SmithPoet and masterful spoken word artist Patricia Smith visits USF for their MFA in Writing Reading Series. Smith's latest of eight books, "Incendiary Art", won the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the NAACP Image Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is a four-time individual National […]
- Naomi Klein: On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a GreThe #1 international and New York Times bestselling author of "The Shock Doctrine" and "This Changes Everything", Naomi Klein presents her new essay collection, "On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal" as part of the Berkeley Arts & Letters series, which offers discounted ticket/book bundles in advance. In conversation with Mother Jones […]
- Nancy Au: Spider Songs and Other StoriesThe Oakland-based writer and co-founder of The Escapery celebrates the publication of their debut short story collection, "Spider Love Song and Other Stories", with a group reading. They're joined by Carson Beker, Natasha Dennerstein, Kimberly Gomes, and Tomas Moniz. The book contains seventeen stories that focus on the challenges facing characters whose inner and outer […]
- Margaret Atwood: The TestamentsMargaret Atwood presents the sequel to her classic dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale" (1985), set in a totalitarian state that subjects fertile women into child-bearing slavery. The book is the basis of the popular television show of the same name, which debuted in 2017 and continues on Hulu. "The Testaments" is set fifteen years after […]
- Jess Row: White FlightsAuthor of two story collections and the bold novel "Your Face in Mine", which imagines a white, Jewish man who went missing twenty years before and reappears after having "racial reassignment surgery", altering his hair, skin, and physiognomy to allow him to pass as African American, Jess Row presents his essay collection "White Flights: Race, […]