Sustainability Speaker Series

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Cupertino Sustainability Commission  invites you to join them in a series of inspirational and educational talks.  

Electrification as a Solution to Climate Change - October 18, 2018

October 18th, 2018, 6:30-8:00pm in Community Hall 

Global warming, air pollution, and energy insecurity are three of the most significant problems facing the world today. Professor Mark Jacobson discusses the development of technical and economic roadmaps to convert energy infrastructures of buildings, towns, cities, states, and countries to those powered with 100% wind, water, and sunlight (WWS) combined with electricity, heat, cold, and hydrogen storage and energy efficiency. Results showing the ability of the grid to remain stable in each of 20 world regions at low cost under 100% WWS scenarios are also discussed. Aside from mitigating global warming, these roadmaps have potential to eliminate 4-7 million air pollution deaths annually, create millions more jobs than lost worldwide, stabilize energy prices, reduce catastrophic risk, and reduce international conflict over energy. Dr. Aimee Gotway Bailey will share Silicon Valley Clean Energy's efforts to procure carbon free electricity and the vision to decarbonize. 

Dr. Mark Jacobson

Mark Z. Jacobson is Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment and of the Precourt Institute for Energy.  He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering, an A.B. in Economics, and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford in 1988.  He received an M.S. and PhD in Atmospheric Sciences in 1991 and 1994, respectively, from UCLA and joined the faculty at Stanford in 1994. He has published two textbooks of two editions each and over 155 peer-reviewed journal articles.  He received the 2005 AMS Henry G. Houghton Award and the 2013 AGU Ascent Award for his work on black carbon climate impacts and the 2013 Global Green Policy Design Award for developing state and country energy plans. In 2015, he received a Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences for his work on the grid integration of 100% wind, water and solar energy systems. He has served on an advisory committee to the U.S. Secretary of Energy, appeared in a TED talk, appeared on the David Letterman Show to discuss converting the world to clean energy, and cofounded The Solutions Project

Dr. Aimee Gotway Bailey

Dr. Aimee Gotway Bailey is the Director of Decarbonization and Grid Innovation at Silicon Valley Clean Energy. Aimee’s work centers around identifying and managing technical, economic and regulatory barriers and opportunities to achieve deep decarbonization. Prior to SVCE, Aimee held positions focused on solar technology and policy, climate policy, emerging technologies and strategic planning at EDF Innovation Lab, Pacific Gas & Electric, City of Palo Alto Utilities, Global Environmental Institute (Beijing, China) and the U.S. Department of Energy. Aimee has a BSE in materials science from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a PhD in physics from Imperial College in London.

Sustainability Speaker Series - Decarbonization

NASA Ames Sustainability Base - April 12, 2018

April 12th, 2018, 6:30pm-8:00pm in Community Hall

Dr. Rosalind Grymes spoke about the intention behind the design and construction of Sustainability Base, an award winning and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum 50,000 square foot facility, which was completed in 2011 at NASA Ames Research Center.   

Video:   NASA Ames Sustainability Base with Dr. Rosalind Grymes