Eban Goodstein, director of Bard Center of Environmental Policy, will be discussing state-level climate action. Over the next two years, students have a unique and critically important learning and civic engagement opportunity. Student voices can impact the scope and direction of state implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, mandating global warming pollution cuts in the electric power sector. Given this opportunity, Bard CEP is helping organize a Power Dialog in March of 2016: hundreds of college, graduate, and high school level classes in states across the country taking field trips to meet with their Department of Environmental Conservation heads to discuss state implementation of the EPA’s new rules. State agency leaders are already seeing their calendars fill up with meetings with utility executives and coal industry lobbyists. Why not our students? This is not a lobbying effort. We have no collective policy agenda for which we are advocating. Rather it is a learning opportunity for students, and also a chance for students to share their own individual thoughts and policy insights with state officials. Join the climate seminar to learn more about this opportunity.
Sharon Smith, Union of Concerned Scientists, Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative Campaign Manager
Robyn Smyth - B.S. Cornell University; M.S. University of Vermont; Ph.D. University of California Santa Barbara. Before joining the faculty at Bard CEP, Dr. Smyth was a research fellow at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD, a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, and a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in Environmental Research and Education at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA. Research expertise includes coupling physical and biological processes in lakes and the ocean and aquatic ecosystem management. Current collaborative research projects include modeling the effects of vertical mixing and ultraviolet radiation on primary productivity in the Southern Ocean and understanding the role of climate forcing and hydrodynamics on harmful algal blooms and outbreaks of disease in aquatic organisms in lakes. She is an adjunct scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Milbrook, NY and a member of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) which seeks to utilize high frequency sensor data to better understand and manage lake ecosystems. Peer-reviewed journal articles have been published in Limnology and Oceanography, Geophysical Research Letters, Bioscience, and Environmental Management.
Aris Efting - Ph.D. Natural Resources 2005, University of Nebraska (UNL). Assistant Professor at UNL from 2005-2010. Consultant to EPA and National Council for Science and the Environment regarding issues on water pollution and the effects of climate change on water quality. Research emphasis includes algae ecology, algae toxins, and the identification of water quality standards for lakes and streams. Has published in The Journal of Paleolimnology, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, and Ecological Modeling.
A conversation about the People's Climate March with Jenny Marienau, Campus Field Manager. 350.org. 350.org is building a global climate movement. Their online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are coordinated by a global network active in over 188 countries.