by Ann Brody Guy
Read the bill. That was the first policy lesson that Linda Adams, Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, brought to the newly minted Ph.D.’s at the Graduate Research Symposium of UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) earlier this month, where she delivered the keynote address.
The bill Adams was referring to was AB 32, the landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, on which she was the lead negotiator. She told a harrowing tale of the legislative pipeline.
“When Governor Schwarzenegger appointed me in 2006… I was just vaguely aware of AB 32, which was actually very close to his desk,” Adams said. “Being a good former legislative staffer, the first thing I did was read the bill. And much to my horror, what the governor wanted — a market-based approach to reducing emissions — was not only not in the bill but actually prohibited.”
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CNR's student Commencement speaker Nicholas Garcia-Guerrero received his bachelor’s of science degree in two majors: Environmental Economics and Policy from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Environmental Sciences.
Garcia-Guerrero's excellent academic record - he graduated with a GPA of 3.6 - defies his rigorous course load. But CNR is about more than just outstanding scholarship; it is also about engagement with society and the world that surrounds us. In addition to his academic pursuits, Garcia-Guerrero has found a multitude of ways to engage with the campus, with local community groups, and with students.
As a Chancellor’s Public fellow, Garcia-Guerrero helped shape curriculum with his work on the community-engagement component of the course, “Introduction to Culture and Natural Resource Management.”
As a member of the campus leadership team and as a campus ambassador for almost three years, he has served as a public spokesperson for CNR and for the campus as well as assisting in creating a Speakers Bureau for the campus. He has also served as a member of the College of Natural Resource’s Board.
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"Recovering physicist" Amory Lovins, an innovator in energy and many related fields, has advised the energy and other industries for four decade, as well as the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense. His work in more than 50 countries has been recognized by the “Alternative Nobel,” Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, the Benjamin Franklin and Happold Medals, 11 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, National Design, and World Technology Awards.
An honorary architect and Swedish engineering academician, he's briefed 21 heads of state and written 31 books and over 450 papers. Cofounder of Rocky Mountain Institute, where he’s Chairman and Chief Scientist, he’s led the superefficient redesign of scores of buildings, several vehicles, and over $30 billion worth of industrial facilities, and the creation of three of RMI’s five for-profit spinoffs.
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By Jefferson Graham, USA Today
When University of California-Berkeley professor Dara O'Rourke started GoodGuide, a website for seeking out green products, the iPhone hadn't been invented yet.
"The science didn't exist for aggregating sources," he says. "Now, everyone's got a supercomputer in their pocket, and they're able to produce more information than any consumer could have gotten before."
His GoodGuide app went to the iPhone in 2008, and it's one of the biggest successes among green apps, with 600,000 downloads to date.
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By Karyn Houston
Ana Maria Almeida, a fourth year graduate student in Plant Biology and Fulbright Scholar from Brazil, has been awarded $15,000 to support her ongoing research on the floral developmental evolution of tropical ginger flowering plants.
The National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant will enable Almeida to continue her research at UC Berkeley under the direction of assistant professor Chelsea Specht, co-advised by professor Mike Freeling, both of the Department of Plant and Microbial. Specht is also curator of monocots at the University and Jepson Herbaria, part of the Berkeley Natural History Museums.
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By Steven Finacom
UC students, faculty, and staff gathered at the lunch hour on Berkeley’s warmest day of the year so far to inaugurate a green seedling—a new “Strawberry Creek Native Plant Nursery and Garden” on the campus. They dined on watermelon and strawberries, planted a few symbolic natives, and basked in the accomplishment of a small but significant environmental milestone for the campus.
Adjacent to Giannini Hall and within the College of Natural Resources complex, the modest wooden structure roofed with shade cloth is intended to nurture native plants to be used along the Strawberry Creek watershed on campus and also serve as a locus for teaching about natives and ecological restoration. A plot of ground adjacent to the structure has also been prepared as a demonstration garden for native plants.
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Two CNR faculty members were elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), according to a May 3 announcement Tuesday from the academy. Michael Hanemann (below, top) is a Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. He is retiring this year. Athanasios Theologis (below, bottom) is retired adjunct professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology.
Membership in the academy is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States. Among the NAS’s renowned members are Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright and Alexander Graham Bell. More than 180 living members of the academy have won Nobel Prizes.
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Three faculty members from the Department of Environment Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) recently earned notable awards and honors.
ESPM professor Steve Beissinger received of the American Ornithologist Union’s 2010 William Brewster Memorial Award, which is given to an author or co-authors with the most meritorious body of work on birds of the Western Hemisphere in the ten-year period preceding the award. The annual prize honors one of the founding members of the AOU and consists of a medal and an honorarium.
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