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Forum on Energy and Climate Justice: UCSD research and the search for solutions

The Center on Global Justice & University Extension

Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

Forum on Energy and Climate Justice: UCSD research and...

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Please register for the forum above.  If you register AFTER 4pm on 4/9/13, you will not received a printed nametag, but are very welcome to attend!  


8:45:  Registration 

9:00:  Welcome and Introduction – The Economic and Political Significance of Energy:  David Victor, IR/PS, UCSD

9:15 – 10:45:  Panel 1

Cleaner energy in the less developed world: Better for global climate, health and food security

Chairs: Steve ParishAnthropology, Director, The South Asia Project, IICAS, UCSD; Wael Al-DelaimyChief, Division of Global Health, Department of Family and Preventative Medicine, UCSD

V. Ramanathan, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, UCSD:  Slowing Down Global warming in the Coming Decades

Jen Burney, IR/PS, UCSD:  Short-Lived Climate Pollutants and Food Security

Zohir Chowdhury, Graduate School of Public Health, Environmental Health, SDSU:  Particulate matter air pollution in developing countries

Gerry Mackie, Center on Global Justice, Political Science, UCSD:  Supporting Transitions to Cleaner Technologies

10:45:  Break

11:00 – 12:30:  Panel 2 

Electricity challenges

Chair: George TynanJacobs School of Engineering, Center for Energy Research, UCSD

George Tynan, Jacobs School of Engineering, Center for Energy Research, UCSD:  Electricity – current sources & availability; electricity access and human quality of life; potential cleaner alternative sources

Carlos Coimbra, Jacobs School of Engineering, Center for Energy Research, UCSD:  Widespread renewable electricity integration:  the key roles of resource forecasting, demand response, power distribution architecture and energy storage

Shirley Meng, NanoEngineering, UCSD:  Electrical energy storage for renewables integration and electric vehicles

Byron Washom, Strategic Energy Initiatives, UCSD:  Electricity distribution architectures and emerging alternatives:  Smart Microgrids as an enabling technology for large-scale renewables integration

George Tynan, Jacobs School of Engineering, Center for Energy Research, UCSD:  The role of nuclear energy for carbon-free baseload electrical power 

12:30:  Lunch (provided)

1:30 – 3:00:  Panel 3

Fuel and transport challenges 

Chairs: Steve Mayfield, Director of Food and Fuel for the 21st Century and Professor of Biology, UCSD; David Victor, IR/PS, UCSD

Steve Mayfield, Food and Fuel for the 21st Century, Biology, UCSD:  Transportation fuels – present use and potential alternatives

Mark Jacobsen, Economics, UCSD:  Car Choice, Efficiency, and Policy

David Victor, IR/PS, UCSD:  Geopolitics of a world weaning itself on oil

Tim Zenk, Sapphire Energy:  Transportation fuels from algae - Sapphire Energy's Integrated Algal Bio-Refiner

3:00:  Break

3:15 – 4:45:  Panel 4

BioRegional Resilience: GLocalizing the Climate-Energy Challenge 

Chair: Keith PezzoliUrban Studies and Planning Program/Superfund Research Center, UCSD; and The Global Action Research Center (The Global ARC)

Jennifer Kraus, Source Intelligence:  Improving climate-energy justice through carbon footprint analysis and supply chain management: The case of alternative food systems in San Diego

Bill Tippets, The Nature Conservancy:  The climate-energy nexus: Status of policy, planning and civically-engaged research in San Diego

Teddy Cruz, Visual Arts, Center for Urban Ecologies, UCSD:  From Urbanizations of Consumption to Neighborhoods of Production: The Role of Border Communities in Rethinking Energy and Climate Justice 

Oscar Romo, Urban Studies & Planning, UCSD:  Citizen science and vulnerable communities taking action: Lessons from Los Laureles Canyon, Tijuana, Mexico

*Panel co-sponsored by the following: The Global Action Research Center (The Global ARC), Alter Terra, Source Intelligence, The Nature Conservancy, Superfund Research Center

4:45:  Closing Remarks:  Fonna Forman, Political Science; Co-Director, Center on Global Justice, UCSD


Parking at SIO will be limited.  UCSD locals are highly encouraged to utilize the SIO Shuttle from UCSD Peterson Hall.  Details and shuttle timetable here.


This Symposium is made possible by the following generous sponsors:

UCSD Center on Global Justice

UCSD Extension

UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography

UCSD Academic Affiars (Executive Vice Chancellor, Suresh Subramani)

UCSD Center for Energy Research

UCSD Division of Social Sciences

UCSD School of International Relations and Pacific Studies

UCSD Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies

Prospect Journal (Journal of International Affairs at UCSD)

UCSD Division of Global Health

UCSD Surya Project

UCSD Urban Studies and Planning Program

UCSD Center for Urban Ecologies

UCSD Food and Fuel for the Twenty-First Century

If you need assistance, or have any questions please contact Kristen Michener (


Have questions about Forum on Energy and Climate Justice: UCSD research and the search for solutions? Contact The Center on Global Justice & University Extension

When & Where

Scripps Seaside Forum, SIO
8610 Kennel Way
La Jolla, CA 92093

Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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