Climate Science & Policy Conference 2017

The Divisions of Physical & Biological Sciences and Social Sciences are proud to announce the Fourth Annual UC Santa Cruz Climate Science & Policy Conference

Changing Climate: Acting Now to Secure a Sustainable Future

February 24 – 25, 2017  •  UC Santa Cruz


Friday, February 24  •  Media Theater 110  •  7:30 PM

Keynote Lecture: Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Climate Change Morphing into an Existential Threat: Need for a New Approach

  • Saturday, February 25  •  College Nine/Ten Multipurpose Room  • 10:00 AM
  • Attend one or more of the panel discussions throughout the second day of the conference:

10:00 AM

Engineering Change

Moderator:  Sue Carter, Physics, Associate Vice Provost, Division of Graduate Studies, UC Santa Cruz


  • David Auston, Institute for Energy Efficiency, UC Santa Barbara
  • Peter Cartwright, Avalon Ecopower, Calpine (formerly)
  • Daniel Shugar, NEXTracker, Fremont
  • Whendee Silver, Environmental Science, Policy & Management, UC Berkeley

1:00 PM

Motivating Change

Moderator:  Jeff Bury, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz


  • Mark Jacobson, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Stanford
  • Derek Proudian, Daintree Networks, Los Altos
  • Dylan Sullivan, Natural Resources Defense Council, San Francisco
  • Emily Wimberger, California Air Resources Board, Sacramento

3:00 PM

Communicating Change

Moderator:  Rob Irion, Science Communication Program, UC Santa Cruz


  • Susan Hassol, Climate Communication
  • Laura Helmuth, Washington Post
  • Jeff Kiehl, National Center for Atmospheric Research/UC Santa Cruz
  • Edward Maibach, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University

7:30 PM

The Fred Keeley Lecture on Environmental Policy

Climate Change Science and Policy in a President Trump Administration 

Moderator:  Fred Keeley, three-term member of California State Assembly and recently retired Treasurer of Santa Cruz County


  • Ken Alex, Stevenson College, Politics, 1979, Senior Policy Advisor to Jerry Brown and Director to Office of Planning and Research
  • Miriam Greenberg, Professor, Sociology, UC Santa Cruz
  • John Laird, Stevenson College, Politics, 1972, Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency
  • Erika Zavaleta, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz

Doors open at 7 PM.  

Free and open to the public.  Registration required; register online at

regestration link 

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