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Sustainable Solutions | Spring 2011 Speakers

MARCH 30, 2011
The Area: A Journey through the Hanford Nuclear Reservation
Documentary film and discussion with Cameron Salony.

APRIL 6, 2011
Stressors on Steroids: Climate Change, Land-Use Change, Disturbance Regimes and the Future of Western Ecosystems

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Lisa Graumlich,Dean of the College of the Environment, University of Washington

Dr. Graumlich is a scientist known internationally for research on climate and ecosystems, and has a track record of getting wide-ranging groups of experts to focus on environmental issues.


APRIL 13, 2011
Building a Resilient Local Financial System

Jared Gardner,Oregonians for a State Bank

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The recent financial crisis brought on by the “Too-Big-To-Fail” banks plunged the country into the worst recession since the 1930s. But while the federal government bailed out the nation’s biggest banks and corporations, the rest of the country has been left to fend for itself. Two years, six million foreclosures, and eight million lost jobs later, the financial system is not meeting the needs of America’s working families. Jared Gardner will discuss how the establishment of a state bank will help build a resilient local financial system, and transfer benefits and power to the citizens of the state.


April 27, 2011
Beyond The Spill

Documentary film and panel discussion with Mike Rosen, Manager, Bureau of Environmental Services, Watershed Division, City of Portland

Following the BP Oil Spill, 22 Oregonians traveled to the Gulf Coast to bear witness to the impacts of this environmental disaster on the cultural, economic, and environmental fabric of the region. They would be introduced to a complex and ambiguous crisis, and leave considering how their actions a continent away could influence our evolution Beyond The Spill


MAY 4, 2011
Community-Based Sustainability Solutions: What is the Recipe for Success?

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Susan Anderson,Director, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, City of Portland

Former head of the City’s Office of Sustainable Development and the Energy Office.

Portland has a remarkable history of long range planning and sustainable development. But not every effort has been a success. How come some of the greenest ideas to promote renewable energy, recycling or habitat protection fail, while other efforts thrive? Susan Anderson has spent more than two decades learning how to develop and grow community-based sustainability programs in Portland and throughout the U.S.

Come hear about a handful of these innovative, but practical, efforts and explore the building blocks of success.


MAY 25, 2011
Collaborative Conservation: Endangered Fish Recovery in the Upper Colorado Basin

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John Loomis,Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University

Author ofIntegrated Public Lands Managementand co-author ofEnvironmental Policy Analysis for Decision Making.

Collaborating in endangered species recovery has the potential to save significant costs for water users such as farmers, industries, and households, and ultimately society as a whole. Collaborative conservation also allows the employment of a broader range of recovery tools than traditional regulatory mechanisms used in Endangered Species Act (ESA) implementation. Professor Loomis will discuss the benefits from voluntary collaboration as opposed to the "business as usual" regulatory approaches in the case of a collaborative fish recovery program in the Upper Colorado River Basin.


JUNE 1, 2011
Human Identity & Environmental Challenges

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Tim Kasser, Professor and Chair of Psychology at Knox College and author of The High Price of Materialism and other works related to consumerism and well being.

Co-sponsored by Portland Center for Public Humanities

Despite some important successes, the efforts of the environmental movement have thus far failed to activate the kinds of personal and social changes necessary to meet the many ecological challenges we face. A growing body of psychological research suggests that if these efforts incorporated more knowledge about human identity (including our values, our sense of social identity, and the ways we cope when threatened), greater progress towards a more sustainable (and socially just) world might be forthcoming.