Events

2021

Energy Speaker Series: Will O'Donnell

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Will O'Donnell

May 25th, 2021 4PM to 5PM - Zoom

This event is free and open to the public.

Looking Ahead at Post-College Life and Our Transforming Electric Utilities

Will O’Donnell grew up in the sprawling suburbs of Chicago before moving to the Pacific Northwest to attend Fairhaven at WWU. He graduated with a concentration in Art, Ecology, and Communications in 1998. Following graduation, O’Donnell worked on and then owned a series of organic farms before co-founding Mt. Townsend Creamery and later, Finnriver Farm. O’Donnell went on to direct the Jefferson County Farmers Markets and eventually became Executive Director of the WA State Farmers Market Association. In 2017, he joined Jefferson County PUD as their first full time communications manager. Jefferson County PUD was the first organization to take a private electric utility public in Washington State in more than 70 years. O’Donnell is responsible for all external outreach, marketing and communications at the PUD. He also runs the utility’s energy efficiency incentive program and leads grant writing for broadband, solar, and grid modernization projects. He is a passionate advocate for healthy and vibrant local communities and sustainable economic development.

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Energy Speaker Series: Calla Rose Ostrander

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Calla Rose Ostrander

May 18th, 2021 4PM to 5PM - Zoom

This event is free and open to the public.

The Role for Regenerative Agriculture in Addressing Climate Change

Calla Rose Ostrander is an independent consultant who works with individuals and organizations in the regenerative agricultural space. She has spent the last 6 years as a strategic advisor, communicator and activist working to scale compost production and the model of regenerative agriculture developed by the Marin Carbon Project across California and the Western United States. She previously worked as a Fellow with the Rocky Mountain Institute and spent 10 years developing local climate policy for the City of Aspen and the City and County of San Francisco.

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Energy Speaker Series: Anna Lising

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Anna Lising

May 11th, 2021 4PM to 5PM - Zoom

This event is free and open to the public.

Perspectives on Washington’s Ambitious Clean Energy Agenda

Anna Lising recently joined the Governor’s office as his Senior Energy Policy Advisor. Anna has 15 years of experience advancing clean energy from the public, private, and NGO sectors. She has held leadership roles in cleantech startups and recently led Washington, DC’s carbon neutrality efforts – developing policies and programs to accelerate clean energy production in a way that centers environmental and economic justice. Anna holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington.

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Energy Speaker Series: Eileen V. Quigley

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Eileen V. Quigley

April 27th, 2021 4PM to 5PM - Zoom

This event is free and open to the public.

Washington State’s Decarbonization Challenge: Ten Years to Cut Emissions in Half.

Eileen V. Quigley is the Founding Executive Director of the Clean Energy Transition Institute, which aims to accelerate an equitable clean energy transition in the Northwest. ​Eileen led the team that produced the Washington 2021 State Energy Strategy. She is the author of several papers on clean energy solutions, including Meeting the Challenge of Our Time: Pathways to a Clean Energy Future in the Northwest. She is a seasoned manager of for-profit and nonprofit businesses, and a former magazine and newspaper journalist and editor in Washington, DC and New York, NY. Eileen co-taught a course on the clean energy transition at Western Washington University’s Institute for Energy Studies, where she now serves on the Advisory Board. She is also on the Board of Stockholm Environment Institute-US. Eileen received her Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Yale University.

Eileen V. Quigley, Executive Director

Clean Energy Transition Institute

eileen@cleanenergytransition.org

206.579.9644

@CETransition  

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Energy Speaker Series: Dr. David Crisp

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Dr. David Crisp

April 20th, 2021 4PM to 5PM - Zoom

This event is free and open to the public.

Monitoring Carbon Dioxide Emissions during the COVID-19 Pandemic with NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2

Dr. David Crisp is an atmospheric physicist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology. Since receiving his Ph.D. from the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program at Princeton University, his research has focused primarily on the development of instruments and numerical models for analyzing light reflected, emitted, and scattered by atmospheres and surfaces of the Earth and other planets. He has served on the science teams of several Earth, planetary and astrophysics missions. He was the Principal Investigator of the NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) and is currently serving as the Science Team Leader for NASA’s OCO-2 and OCO-3 missions and the Greenhouse Gas Lead for the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) Atmospheric Composition - Virtual Constellation (AC-VC).

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Energy Speaker Series: Seth Vidaña

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Seth Vidaña

April 13th, 2021 4PM to 5PM - Zoom

This event is free and open to the public.

Seth Vidaña is the Climate and Energy Manager for the City of Bellingham and is responsible for implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan and associated programs with the aim of reaching an 80% reduction in community carbon pollution by 2050. Prior to coming to the City, Seth worked at Western Washington University where he founded the Office of Sustainability, became its first sustainability officer, and created several campus sustainability programs over the course of 13 years. He launched Washington's first higher education sustainability consortium in 2012 and acted as co-chair until 2019. He's been employed as a high school teacher, museum educator, custodian, Park Service ranger, pedicab driver, and created Bellingham's first and last bike-powered composting business.

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Energy Speaker Series: Jon Jantz

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Jon Jantz

April 6th, 2021 4PM to 5PM - Zoom

This event is free and open to the public.

Jon Jantz has a lifelong love of mountains & wild places.

He spent what seemed at the time like too many years studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, specializing in electromagnetics and researching the last frontier of the electromagnetic spectrum, terahertz waves. He has BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Washington.  

A winding path led him into Transportation Electrification for the past 10+ years, where he is a subject matter expert on Electric Vehicles and the most cost-effective strategies to integrate higher amounts of intermittent renewable energy onto the grid.  

He spends his time working with utilities, non-profits and the private sector on Transportation Electrification strategies as well as smart grid deployments, and Beneficial Electrification efforts to help consumers save money, reduce air pollution and provide economic stimulus to rural and underserved communities. 

You can often find him in the North Cascades or at times in the wild mountains of British Columbia, Alaska, Central Asia or Patagonia.

On an expedition in the Yukon, he was one of the last humans to walk out a river which disappeared while he was out on the icecap, the first modern case of river piracy in North America due to glacial recession. https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/90116/river-piracy-in-the-yukon 

This heightened his desire to help accelerate our efforts to transition to renewable energy generation and consumption.  He believes we can all make meaningful impacts towards this transition

 

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2020

Energy Speaker Series: Christina Page

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Christina Page

March 3rd, 2020 4PM to 5PM - ES100

This event is free and open to the public.

Christina Page manages business partnerships for the nonprofit Climate Interactive, creators of the climate flight simulator EN-ROADS. Chris is a sustainability consultant and systems thinker with experience in government, inside two Fortune 500 companies, and in the nonprofit sector. As Climate Director for the City of Seattle, Chris oversaw the city's efforts to meet their greenhouse gas reduction goals. Prior to her work in government, she was Director of Energy and Environment at Amazon and Global Director of Energy and Sustainability Strategy at Yahoo!, where she was responsible for corporate environmental activities, including renewable energy procurement and carbon reduction goals. Chris worked at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), a Colorado-based “think-and-do tank” led by energy efficiency guru Amory Lovins.

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Energy Speaker Series: “Giver of Life” - Jay Julius

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Jay Julius - “Giver of Life”

February 25th, 2020 4PM to 5PM - ES100

This event is free and open to the public.

Jay Julius is the former Chairman of the Lummi Nation. He was a leader in the Lummi Nation’s successful fight to protect Xwe’chi’eXen/Cherry Point against what would have been North America’s largest coal port. As a fisherman, father, and proud Tribal member, he upholds his Xa xalh Xechnging(sacred obligation) by continuing to advocate for the Salish Sea, working with other leaders, and by speaking widely about the connections between culture, treaty rights, sovereignty, and climate change.

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Energy Speaker Series: “Energy Resourcing Planning in Washington” - Ben Kujala

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Ben Kujala - “Energy Resourcing Planning in Washington”

February 18th, 2020 4PM to 5PM - ES100

This event is free and open to the public.

Ben Kujala is the Director of Power Planning at the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.  He leads a dedicated team of experts planning for an affordable, reliable, and productive electric grid that serves the needs of the citizens of the Pacific Northwest. He spent too much time in college playing with numbers and ended up with a MS in statistics. Away from work he enjoys exploring the Northwest, through rock climbing, snow sports, backpacking, and stand-up paddle boarding.

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Energy Speaker Series: “Exploring Biodigestion For Bellingham’s Wastewater Treatment Facility” -Robert W. Johnson

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Robert W. Johnson - “Exploring Biodigestion For Bellingham’s Wastewater Treatment Facility”

February 11th, 2020 4PM to 5PM - ES100

This event is free and open to the public.

Robert Johnson is the Superintendent of Plants at the City of Bellingham Department of Public Works, and project manager of the Post Point Wastewater Treatment Plant improvements.

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Carbon Hackathon 2020 Energy Symposium

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Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this year’s Hackathon will be postponed.

Please follow the Institute for Energy Studies on Facebook  for updates about the event as they're available.

Admission is free and the public is welcome to join.

Western Washington University’s Institute for Energy Studies hosts an annual Carbon Hackathon to foster creativity, connection and idea-sharing between students and energy industry professionals. A hackathon is an event where a group of people engage in intense brainstorming sessions to develop creative solutions to a challenge.

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