Spring 2011 Events

"Envisioning a Post-Carbon City: Creative Strategies for Climate Change"

David Fridley

Tuesday, February 15, Fromm Hall, Berman Room

David Fridley is a staff scientist at the Energy Analysis Program at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, as well as a Fellow of the Post-Carbon Institute in Berkeley. Mr. Fridley has nearly 30 years of experience working in the energy sector in China and the US. With China, he collaborates on end-user energy efficiency, government energy management programs, and energy policy research. With a dozen years of work in the petroleum industry, he also writes and speaks extensively on biofuels and peak oil. For the Davies Forum, he will speak on urban energy and the challenges of alternative energy.

Rebecca Solnit

Tuesday, March 1, Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room

Writer, cultural historian, environmental and human rights activist, Solnit’s most recent books include Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas (2010); A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise is Disaster (2009); A Field Guide to Getting Lost (2005) and Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities (2004). Named one of “25 Visionaries Who Are changing Your World” by UTNE reader, Solnit’s many awards include a Guggenheim fellowship, Lannan Literary prize, and an NEA fellowship.

Tiffany Holmes

Tuesday, March 8, Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room

Tiffany Holmes is a media artist and Associate Professor of Art and Technology at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Holmes’ work explores the potential of art and technology to promote environmental stewardship. The creator of the interactive SolarCircus and installations that invite viewer participation, Holmes’ most recent show ‘Life Under the Sun’ appeared at the Sonnenschein Gallery in the Durand Art Institute at Lake Forest College. Check out Holmes' website for more on her work.  

City Action Panel

Tuesday, March 29, Reception: University Center 222, Panel Discussion: Cowell 107 

The City Action Panel will explore how community initiatives and government initiatives can complement and support each other in shifting to post-carbon cities. Along with carbon saving plans, the panel will share positive visions of change that connect with people, with our everyday living. Representatives will gather from the San Francisco Dept. of Environment, SF Transition, Bay Localize, and other Bay Area groups.

Peter Calthorpe

Tuesday, April 12, Fromm Hall, Berman Room

Throughout his long and honored career in urban design, planning, and architecture, Peter Calthorpe has been a pioneer of innovative approaches to urban revitalization and regional planning. In the 1980s, he published Sustainable Communities with Sim Van der Ryn, helping to launch ‘sustainability’ as a defining goal of design efforts. In the 1990s, he was a founder of the Congress for New Urbanism and authored The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream, wherein he developed the concept of Transit Oriented Development (TOD). In the past decade, his work focused on regional-scale planning, including plans for Portland, southern California, and post-hurricane Southern Louisiana. For the Davies Forum, he will speak on his latest work and book, Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change, which examines patterns of development to energy and carbon consumption, along with other environmental, social and economic impacts.

Student Visions of a Post-Carbon City

Tuesday, May 10, Fromm Hall, Berman Room

The Davies Scholars share their stories, maps, and plans for climate-friendly community.  The student projects will be on display in the Gleeson Library Atrium, April 22 – 29.