In this solutions-oriented forum, speakers will move beyond the science explaining environmental degradation to describe existing and potential practices that minimize the human carbon footprint.


UC Irvine’s Newkirk Center for Science & Society, Chapman University and California State University, Fullerton host a daylong forum entitled “Green Development: A Search for Solutions.”

09:00 a.m.

9-10:30 a.m.: “Green Energy and Technology,” featuring:

  • Scott Samuelsen, National Fuel Cell Research Center director, UCI,  on “Fuel Cells and Other Emerging Technologies”
  • Reginald Penner, Center for Solar Energy director, UCI,  on “Solar Potential”
  • Menas Kafatos, Schmid College of Science dean and special projects vice chancellor, Chapman University, on “Hazards and Global Climate Change: Computers and Models”
  • Amir Dabirian, information technology vice president, CSUF,  on “Green Computing”

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: “Green Business and University Solutions,” featuring:

  • Jeff Kuo, civil and environmental engineering professor, CSUF, on “Technology to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions”
  • Wendell Brase, administrative & business services vice chancellor, UCI; and Willem van der Pol, Sustainability Initiative Study Group chair, CSUF, on “The Universities Respond”
  • Shijavi Deshmukh, Groundwater Replenishment System program manager, Orange County Water District, on “Sustaining the World’s Water Supply”

12:15-1 p.m.:
 “Green Consumer Prospectives Panel,” featuring:

  • John Danner, senior fellow, the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, UC Berkeley
  • Jennifer Schwab, director of sustainability, Sierra Club Green Home
  • Alladi Venkatesh, management professor and Center for Research on Information Technology & Organizations associate director, UCI

1 p.m.: Lunch, followed by keynote speaker Linda S. Adams, secretary, California Environmental Protection Agency