Past Distinguished Lecture Series Talks

Past Lectures


Steven Chu

October 5, 2017

Climate Change and Technical Paths to a Sustainable Future

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Steven Chu
Professor of Physics and Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Stanford University; former U.S. Secretary of Energy and former Director of Berkeley Lab



Hunter Lovins

September 29, 2017

Navigating the Mother of All Disruptions

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L. Hunter Lovins
President and Founder, Natural Capitalism Solutions



Dr. Jonathan Pershing

August 22, 2017

Evolving Climate Change Policy: a U.S. and International Perspective

Jonathan Pershing, PhD
Program Director of Environment, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.




July 28, 2016

Can Nuclear Power and Renewables Be Friends?
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Michael Shellenberger
Founder and President, Environmental Progress



May 5, 2016

New Solutions for Rechargeable Batteries
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Dr. John B. Goodenough
Virginia H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin



February 18, 2016

Development and Deployment of Large Scale Building Management Systems to Deliver Energy Efficiency — A View to Emerging Technology, Markets and Business Models
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Barry Coflan
Chief Technology Officer, Schneider Electric — EcoBuilding Division


October 22, 2015

Demand Response — the low hanging fruit of Smart Grid
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Mani Vadari, PhD
President of Modern Grid Solutions



August 14, 2015

The Industrial Commons and National Competitiveness

Willy Shih
Robert & Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School



July 28, 2015

Two Degrees — The Built Environment and Our Changing Climate: A Practitioner's Perspective on the Research Agenda
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Cole Roberts
Associate Principal, Energy & Resource Sustainability, Arup



July 21, 2015

A Google Perspective on the Rapidly Evolving Energy System

John Woolard
VP Energy at Google



March 20, 2015

Grid 3.0 — Challenges in Creating the Electricity Platforms of the Future
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Chris Greer
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Director of the Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office and National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability


May 2, 2014

The Discovery-Invention Cycle: Bridging the Basic — Applied dichotomy and the Need for Rethinking of National Science and Technology Policy
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Venkatesh Narayanamurti
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard UniversityBenjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public PolicyProfessor of PhysicsBelfer Center, Harvard Kennedy SchoolDirector of Science, Technology and Public Policy Program


October 22, 2012

Long Fuse, Big Bang: Thomas Edison, Electricity, and the Locus of Innovation
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Andrew Hargadon
Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship, Professor of Technology Management at the Graduate School of Management, University of California, Davis


June 18, 2012

Climate Change Hits Home: Impacts on the Built Environment and Health
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John Spengler
Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health & Human Habitation, Harvard School of Public Health, and Director of the Sustainability and Environmental Management Program, Harvard Extension School


April 30, 2012

High Comfort—Low Impact, From Buildings to Cities
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Matthias Schuler
TRANSSOLAR Energietechnik


January 27, 2012

Emissions Trading and Climate Finance: Is 2012 the Dead End or the Crossroads?
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Marc Stuart
Allotrope Partners


October 7, 2011

Advances in Global Climate Modeling for Scientific Understanding and Predictability
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V. Ramaswamy
Professor, Princeton University, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program


September 21, 2011

How is Building Energy Use Related to Occupant Behaviors and Building Usage Modes?
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Yi Jiang
Professor, Tsinghua University, Beijing


August 11, 2011

Energy Materials and Climate Change
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Linda Nazar
Canada Research ChairDepartment of ChemistryUniversity of Waterloo



July 20, 2011

Toward the Bionic Human: Medical Devices and How They are Powered

Esther Takeuchi
SUNY Distinguished Professor, University of Buffalo, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry


May 5, 2011

Reinventing Fire
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Amory Lovins
Chairman and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute, Chairman Emeritus of Fiberforge Corporation



November 19, 2010

More Electricity for Less CO2
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Yves Bamberger
Head of Research and Development, Electricité de France


October 1, 2010

Don't Do Stupid Things—Green Architecture, Engineering and Construction
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Dr. Joseph Lstiburek
Principal, Building Science Corporation



August 27, 2010

Striking the Balance: Reliability, Cost, and the Environment
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Yakout Mansour
President and Chief Executive Officer, California Independent System Operator


July 13, 2010

Balancing the Energy & Climate Budget: Personally, Nationally, Globally

Saul Griffith
Inventor, SQUID Labs, President and Chief Scientist, Makani Power


May 13, 2010

Energy Efficiency in India: Challenges and Initiatives
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Dr. Ajay Mathur
Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Government of India



March 18, 2010

Indoor Chemical Exposures: Humans' Non-respiratory Interactions with Room Air
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Professor Charles J. Weschler
International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy, Technical University of Denmark


January 28, 2010

Energy Efficiency and Renewables: Market and Behavioral Failures
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Jim Sweeney
Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency, Stanford University


November 9, 2009

Electrochemical Energy Storage Technologies and the Automotive Industry: Drivers, Needs, and Recent Research Results

Mark Verbrugge
Director, Chemical Sciences and Materials Systems Lab, General Motors Research & Development Center


July 13, 2009

Materials for Better Li-based Storage Systems for a "Green Energy Society"

Professor Jean-Marie Tarascon
Professor and Lab Director, Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides, Université de Picardie Jules Verne CNRS Amiens, France


April 13, 2009

Two Billion Cars and What it Means for Climate and Energy Policy
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Professor Daniel Sperling
University of California, Davis, Director, Institute of Transportation Studies; Acting Director, Energy Efficiency Center; Professor, Civil Engineering & Environmental Science and Policy; Board member, California Air Resources Board


January 20, 2009

Negawatts for Buildings: Observations from the Past 25 Years
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Lee Eng Lock
General Manager, Energy & Contracting Division, TRANE, Singapore


October 3, 2008

Extrapolate the Past... or Invent the Future
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Vinod Khosla
Khosla Ventures