Spring 2022

From 2005-2022, the Sustainable Futures speaker series (SFSS) stimulated interdisciplinary collaboration around issues related to energy, the environment, and society. Lectures were sponsored by the Schatz Center, the Environment & Community graduate program, and the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at Cal Poly Humboldt.

  • Alison Bates is a professor of Environmental Studies at Colby College in Maine. She researches social acceptance of renewable energy systems, and utilizing equity and justice frameworks to inform decision-making in the energy transition. She discussed Conflict and coexistence: lessons learned from coastal community experiences with offshore wind.
  • Shelly Covert is the Spokesperson for the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe, and the executive director of the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP). She spoke about the importance of Raising Nisenan visibility in 2022 and beyond.
  • Jill Lindsey Harrison is the author of From the Inside Out, which lifts the veil on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other environmental regulatory agencies to offer new insights into why they fail to reduce harmful toxics and other hazards in our nation’s most environmentally overburdened and vulnerable communities. She explored the question, Why do government agencies allow environmental inequalities to persist?
  • Andrea Rodgers is a Senior Litigation Attorney at Our Children’s Trust, where she serves as co-counsel on Juliana v. United States and as lead counsel on Aji P. v. State of Washington and Reynolds v. State of Florida. In this closing talk for the Sustainable Futures Speaker Series, Rodgers explained Children’s fundamental rights and the climate crisis: the call for judicial branch engagement.

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