Dr. Woodrow "Woody" Clark II, one of the foremost experts on the economics of climate change and a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner will be the keynote speaker for Butte College's 3rd Annual Sustainability Conference: It's About Schools, Energy, Economy set for Aug. 13 -14.
Clark, who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore, received this prestigious honor for his role as author and co-editor on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the leading body for the assessment of climate change, established by the United Nations Environment Proramme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences.
A qualitative economist, Clark is co-author of Agile Energy Systems: Global Lessons Learned from the California Energy Crisis. From 2000 - 2003, he was the deputy director/senior policy advisor to Gov. Gray Davis' Office of Planning and Research, where he was responsible for starting the planning and implementation of California's hydrogen economy and its "hydrogen freeway." Clark has also served as managing director of the Center for New Venture Alliance at California State University, Hayward and manager of Strategic Planning for the Energy-Environmental Directorate of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. A Fulbright Scholar, Clark earned three master's degrees (University of Illinois, Urbana, Roosevelt University and Loyola University, Chicago) and his Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley.
The conference, designed for community colleges' administrators, managers, faculty, staff and students interested in an integrated approach to sustainability, adding ‘green' curriculum, sharing best practices and building ‘green' facilities will cover such topics as: becoming a sustainable campus, economic opportunities for campus energy projects, energy projects such as solar PV for colleges/universities, and institutionalizing sustainability in colleges/school districts.
Other notable conference keynote speakers include: Dr. Randal Beeman, Professor of History at Bakersfield College and co-author of A Green and Permanent Land: Agriculture and Ecology in the Twentieth-Century; David Thorman, State Architect for the Division of the State Architect, Department of General Services; Fred Harris, Assistant Vice-Chancellor in College Finance and Facilities Planning at California Community College Systems Office; Barbara Halsey, Executive Director on the California Workforce Investment Board; and Ken Grossman, CEO, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., one of the leading entrepreneurs in the world, a national leader in sustainability and an alumnus of Butte College.
During the two-day conference, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in powerful dialogs with these esteemed authorities as well as many others during interactive sessions on such topics as Managing Projects and Building Sustainable College Campuses; Economic Opportunities for Sustainable Campus Energy Projects; Looking at the Big Picture: Performing Cost / Benefit Analysis on LEED® Projects; Rebate Opportunities for Energy Projects with the CCC/IOU Partnership; Enhancing Solar Job Training and Solarizing Colleges; and many more.
Participants will also get a chance to tour the Butte College Campus and refuge which will include tours of new LEED® Gold buildings, solar arrays, creeks and ponds, and water reclamation on a 928 acre wildlife refuge. The same tour will feature the new Arts building, a state-of-the-art facility with over 41 specialized instructional spaces, winner of the UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference Award for Best Design HVAC/Energy Efficiency and on track for LEED® GOLD certification; and a tour of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, one of the private-sector leaders in the sustainability movement.
The cost of the conference is $199 and discounts are available to Butte College and local educators. Exhibitor spaces are also available. To register for the Butte College Sustainability Conference, call 895-9015.