College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Upcoming Campus Events 4/30/10

April 29, 2010

I. Special BIE Roundtable Discussion on "Feeding 9 Billion with the Challenges of Climate Change: Towards Diversified Ecoagriculture Landscapes"
II. 97th Annual Faculty Research Lectures 2010
III. Building Sustainability at Cal Final Presentations

I. Special BIE Roundtable Discussion on "Feeding 9 Billion with the Challenges of Climate Change: Towards Diversified Ecoagriculture Landscapes"
The challenges for agricultural production over the next few decades will require not marginal changes in response, but fundamental re-thinking of food systems to accommodate large increases in demand in the context of climate change. Adapting and improving crop varieties will be one part of the solution, but re-shaping the agroecosystems and associated markets within which they are grown will be more profound and requires the greater emphasis in research and investment. Mobilizing diversity within agro-ecosystems and across landscapes in highly cost-effective ways that suit both local and global markets will be key. The talk will highlight some of the technical ecological, institutional and policy solutions that are emerging.

Date: Wednesday, May 5th
Time: 2:30 – 5:00pm
Location: Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
Introduction: A.G. Kawamura, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sara Scherr, President & CEO of Ecoagriculture Partners
Panelists:
Dr. Claire Kremen, Professor, Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley;
Dr. Tom Tomich, Director, UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute, Professor of Community Development, Environmental Science & Policy;
Dr. Nathan Sayre, Professor of Environmental and Human Geography, UC Berkeley

Event URL: http://bie.berkeley.edu/farmsys/may5

II. 97th Annual Faculty Research Lectures 2010
Please attend the 2010 Faculty Research Lectures, an important campus tradition celebrating research excellence at UC Berkeley.

This year's honors go to Walter Alvarez, professor of earth and planetary science, and Leslie Kurke, professor of classics and comparative literature. On Thursday, April 29, Professor Alvarez will lecture on "Earth History in the Broadest Possible Context." On Tuesday, May 11, Professor Kurke will speak about "Aesop, Popular Culture, and the Invention of Greek Prose." Both events are free to the public and take place from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at International House, 2299 Piedmont Avenue.

Please visit http://urel.berkeley.edu/faculty for details.

Every year since 1912, the Academic Senate has selected faculty members who are exceptionally distinguished for their scholarly research to serve as the Faculty Research Lecturers. These public events provide a unique opportunity for the campus community to hear from the very people who are transforming knowledge at Berkeley and in our world. Past participants include many of Berkeley's Nobel Prize winners and campus notables, including Willis Linn Jepson, Ernest Lawrence, George Pimentel, and Czeslaw Milosz, to name a few.


III. Building Sustainability at Cal Final Presentations
Please attend the Building Sustainability at Cal (BS@C) Final Presentations on May 6th from 10-11:45am in Room 370 Dwinelle Hall. This presentation is a chance for students to share with the campus community the results of their projects.

Building Sustainability @ Cal is a program which is funded through Facilities Services from a block grant under Vice Chancellor Denton. The program began in one campus building - Stanley Hall - and currently works in 9 buildings. BS@C works closely with the Office of Sustainability, Campus Recycling and Refuse Services and is administered through Facilities Services.

BS@C students work throughout campus buildings to perform audits and educate building inhabitants and identify structural and operational changes that can be made to reduce environmental impacts. The students provide detailed information to facilities staff that enables specific targeted action on items that might otherwise go unattended due to competing priorities. This semester, the students have worked on a variety of educational and operational projects that they are hoping to share with you at the Final Presentations. The students get to see the results of their work; as do the building occupants.

In Spring 2010 students in BS@C have been involved in many different projects. We chose a group of projects which provide a representation of the scope of the program. Though not all projects will be presented, they will be acknowledged during the presentation and fully described in the Final Report.

We are providing light fare and coffee. Please bring your own mug for water/coffee to reduce waste generation!

Please feel free to contact us, sustainabilityatcal@gmail.com, if you have any questions.