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UCI, Chapman and CSUF join forces to develop global warming solutions

Daylong workshop brings together experts from three Orange County campuses to outline possible solutions to climate change

May 18, 2009

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