Acterra presents the Fall 2016 Public Lecture Series

Join Acterra for another series of presentations and discussions led by environmental leaders, addressing urgent issues facing our region and our planet.

All lectures are free for Acterra members (promo code "member") and $10 for non-members.
Space is limited-RSVP early to ensure your spot!

(Become a member at the $40 Supporter level, and get free admission to all Acterra lectures for one year! For membership questions, contact Megan O'Mahony at 650-962-9876 x308 or membership*


Lecture Series Speakers

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Lowering Earth's Temperature and Stabilizing Our Climate A Report From The Field
Thursday, November 10, 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Foster Art & Wilderness Foundation
940 Commercial St., Palo Alto [map]
Rancher John Wick will share the results of 8 years of peer-reviewed research, and the development of a suite of restorative agricultural practices known to be net-climate beneficial. John has been working with agricultural agencies, organizations, and institutions to create a version of agriculture that removes atmospheric carbon, optimizes soil carbon sequestration and establishes healthy soils. John is a rancher, research facilitator, and venture philanthropist. He and his wife, Peggy Rathmann, own and manage the Nicasio Native Grass Ranch in Marin County, California. With Dr. Jeffery Creque, John Co-Founded the Marin Carbon Project in 2007. Their vision is that globally, land management has the potential to balance earth's carbon, water, nutrient, and energy cycles and therefore stabilize our climate while producing an abundance of healthy food, safe fiber, renewable fuel, and diversity of flora.


Past Lectures

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After the Paris Agreement: How Far We've Come, and What Is Left to Do
Wednesday, October 5, 7:30 p.m.
Microsoft, Inc., Sunnyvale Campus
1020 Enterprise Way, Sunnyvale [map]
Chris Field and Katharine Mach will highlight ways science and climate responses have changed since the 2015 Paris Agreement, as well as next steps for driving up ambition globally. Chris Field is the founding director of Carnegie Science's Department of Global Ecology and Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies at Stanford University. His research focuses on climate change, ranging from work on improving climate models, to prospects for renewable energy systems, to community organizations that can minimize the risk of a tragedy of the commons. Katharine J. Mach is a Senior Research Associate at Carnegie Science;s Department of Global Ecology. Her research is generating new possibilities for assessment of the risks of climate change, to empower decisions and actions in a changing climate. She received her PhD in Biological Sciences from Stanford and AB in Biology (summa cum laude) from Harvard.

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Insights and Updates on the Self-Driving Car
Tuesday, September 13, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto West Room
3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto [map]
Dr. Stefan Heck is CEO and co-Founder of NAUTO, the Palo Alto-based autonomous vehicle technology company. NAUTO's proprietary connected camera and cloud-based system is aimed at making driving safer, easier and more efficient and is an affordable way to upgrade any car to get network and safety features previously only available in high-end luxury cars. Dr. Heck is also Consulting Professor at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University, teaching courses and conducting research on innovation, energy, and resource economics. He directs the Energy Transformation Collaborative (ETC) a new program applying the talent of the Stanford community and Silicon Valley to develop and deploy novel solutions to the world's most vexing energy problems.