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Spring Schedule 2016

STEP seminars are held in Wallace Hall 300 (unless specified otherwise )
12 noon until 1pm
(Lunch is served at 11:45a)

February 8th, 2016
"Meat, Milk,Climate Change and Habitats: Strategies for Mitigating Greenhouse Gas and Biodiversity Impacts of Rising Demand for Beef and Milk."

Tim Searchinger

Research Scholar
The Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy
Princeton University

Abstract: Cows, sheep and goats generate roughly half of all agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, and their increased production leads to more than half of all land use change with resulting impacts on both carbon and biodiversity.  Global demand for milk is on a course to grow by 80% between 2007 and 2050.   However, livestock production is also of great economic significance.  This talk will discuss the environmental challenge and strategies for addressing it both globally and with a particular focus on the sustainable intensification of livestock systems in Colombia.

February 18th, 2016  (Thursday, Bowl 16 Robertson Hall lower level 12:15p - 1:15p)
 "The Need For Energy Storage: How Fast, How Cheap, How much?"

Jon Wellinghoff

Former chairman U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Partner: Stoel Rivers LLP.

( co-sponsored with LAPA)

Monday February 22nd, 2016
" The Hazardous Legacies Project: Towards a Comparative Environmental Sociology of Cities"

Scott Frickel

Associate Professor of Sociology and Environment and Society
Brown University

Abstract:  The Hazardous Legacies Project is premised on the idea that cities are fundamentally outcomes of socio-environmental changes that unfold recursively over time on the same local lands.   Our research examines the interplay of urban demography, industrialization and risk management to identify local mechanisms driving the socio-environmental change. The study is informed by spatial and historical comparison of hazardous waste site accumulation in four major U.S. cities (Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Portland, OR) over five decades, from 1955 to 2008.   Data for the analysis include detailed site-, tract-, and city-level information gathered for thousands of current and former industrial sites – most of which remain unacknowledged in government reports and hazardous site lists.   Results show how industrial churning, residential churning, and risk containment intersect to produce cumulative socio-environmental transformations of urban lands.

February 29th, 2016
" Structures of Coastal Resilience: Dynamic Performance Based Analysis and Design of Coastal Flood Protection"

Guy Nordensen

School of Architecture,
Princeton University

March 7th, 2016
"India in the Emergent Climate Regime: The Dilemmas of A Premature Power "

Navroz Dubash

Senior Fellow and Coordinator of the Climate Initiative
Centre for Policy Research
New Delhi

March 21st, 2016
" Global Decision Making About Science and the Environment: What Works and What Doesn't Work"

Julia Marton-Lefevre

Former director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature , Paris
and currently, Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Environmental Scholar
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

March 28th, 2016
"Emotions and Climate Discourse in the Construction of Climate Denial  "

Kari Norgaard

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology, University of Oregon




April 18th, 2016
"Grid -Integrated Wind Energy Potential In China"

Valerie Karplus

Class of 43 Career Development Professor and
Assistant Professor of Global Economics and Management

April 25th, 2016
" Sustainable Land Use and the Critical Role of Next Generation Earth Observation"

Lyndon Estes
Associate Research Scholar
Program in Science ,Technology and Environmental Policy and
the Princeton Environmental Institute

Princeton University

May 2nd, 2016
" While Nations Talk, Cities Act"

David Miller

Former C40 Chair and Mayor of Toronto
Currently, President of World Wildlife Fund ( Canada)

Abstract: I  will discuss the worldwide leadership role of cities who are using smart
environmental policies to effectively address environmental, economic and social issues.

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