Values, Democracy and Solutions for a Changing Planet

by Arturo Herrera on December 10, 2018

Ed Saltzberg, Executive Director of the Security and Sustainability Forum in a one-hour conversation with Citizen Climate Lobby’s Executive Director, Mark Reynolds. CCL is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.

SSF and CCL are aligned in our view of the importance of local action and bipartisan political activism to move governmental bodies toward rational climate mitigation policy and the incorporation of resilience planning into decision making.

Mark Reynolds Executive Director — Citizen’s Climate Lobby 

During his tenure, CCL has been marked by exceptionally rapid growth, with the organization doubling or tripling in size every year. Mark is an expert on helping disparate interests find common ground on energy, public policy, and the environment.

Edward Saltzberg
Managing Director — Security and Sustainability Forum
Ed is a founder of SSF, which convenes global experts to address impacts to society from natural and man made disruptions. Ed has been a senior officer in energy and environmental firms and a sustainability consultant to government agencies.

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Webinar – Energy Justice and Solving Climate by 2030

by Arturo Herrera on December 23, 2019

Wed, Jan 29, 2020 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM EST –

We live today in an uneven world, defined significantly by energy injustice. Moving from here to the Paris climate goals will require a ten-year, global transition towards clean energy. How can we create a just energy system in the transition?

Join the  Security and Sustainability Forum and Bard College in a sixty-minute session about how innovative city and state policy will be critical to ensure justice in the economic transformation needed to solve the energy side of climate change by 2030. Panelists are entrepreneur and energy democracy leader Michael Dorsey and Eban Goodstein, Director of the Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College.

Michael will explore how both energy and income inequality could be impacted, positively and negatively, as renewable energy infrastructure scales. He will focus on how we can rewire the world with clean energy to help alleviate injustice.

Eban will discuss a new Bard-led program, Solve Climate by 2030. The program is supporting a nationwide series of campus and community Power Dialogs to engage 100,000 students in critical conversations about power as in “clean energy”, but also about power as in “engaged civic action”.

The webinar is for educators, students, local leaders, state policy officials and citizens

Meet the Panelists

Michael Dorsey is a leading solar energy developer whose work focuses on energy justice. In 1997, in Glasgow, Scotland, Dorsey was bestowed Rotary International’s highest honor, ​The Paul Harris Medal for Distinguished Service to Humanity. Dr. Dorsey is a “Full member” of the Club of Rome and in 2013 the National Journal​ named him one of 200 US “energy and environment expert insiders”.

Eban Goodstein, Director of the Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College, is the author of Economics and the Environment now in its eighth edition; Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming; and The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment.
His research has been featured in The New York Times, Scientific American, Time, Chemical and Engineering News, The Economist, USA Today, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.


Tue, Jan 21, 2020 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM EST 
The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) “Global Risks Report” identifies and analyzes a broad range of risk factors that may impact global economic development, ranging from climate change to technological failures to political unrest. Any of these risks alone would be challenging to cope with, but when they occur simultaneously and interact with one another the challenges can seem overwhelming.
In a highly networked world risk management needs to be supplemented with resilience management, which involves a different set of tools and metrics, based on systems thinking.
Join me and author, educator and resilience expert Joseph Fiksel for a sixty minute discussion about “Enterprise Resilience – Embracing Change in a Turbulent World”.

Joseph Fiksel
Joseph is one of the original thought leaders in the field of enterprise sustainability and resilience. He has consulted for corporations, government agencies, and non-profit consortia in the U.S. and around the world. Joseph co-founded the Center for Resilience at The Ohio State.
He later took the role of Executive Director of the Sustainable and Resilient Economy program, forerunner of the university-wide Sustainability Institute at Ohio State.
Currently, Joseph is a Visiting Scholar with me at George Washington University’s Environmental and Energy Management Institute. He will be offering a Spring 2020 online professional education short course on Enterprise Resilience, which he will preview in the webinar.
Webinar participants will receive discount codes for Joseph’s seminal book, Resilient by Design, published by Island Press and for the GWU short course.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019 – 12:30 to 2:00 PM EST

How Do Policymakers Access and Use Data to Address Complex Problems from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.

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Science is foundational to life and the planet as we know it. Policymakers understand this, as do scientists. However, the boundary-spanning between policymakers and scientists does not come naturally. Given the current vulnerabilities faced by places, people, ecosystems, and markets, it is essential to create more opportunities for policymakers and scientists to work effectively together. The dynamic tension created by the “pull” of policy and the “push” of science to be more relevant can create more durable and productive policies, while also facilitating stronger relationships between the scientific and decision-making communities.

In advance of the National Council for Science and the Environment 2020 Annual Conference on Science in Environmental Decision-Making, this webinar will explore examples shared by policymakers and scientists that demonstrate how evidence can more effectively serve decision-making.

Join the National Council for Science and the Environment, The School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, and SSF to explore opportunities for innovative governance structures at the science-policy interface.








Melanie Stansbury is proud and honored to serve in the New Mexico State House of Representatives. She cares deeply about our community and is dedicated to public service because she believes we can build a brighter future for our state and is passionate about addressing the issues our communities face. Melanie’s vision is to grow New Mexico’s local economy and meaningful jobs, rebuild our infrastructure and schools, lift up our communities and families, ensure our energy and water security, and honor and celebrate the unique cultures and landscapes that make us who we are.

Melanie is a native New Mexican that has spent her life working on community development and natural resource issues, including working with state, local, tribal, and non-profit organizations and in the White House Office of Management and Budget and United States Senate. Melanie is committed to meaningful change in New Mexico, because this is her home and she believes in our future. Her service on behalf of NM House District 28 is rooted in a grassroots and community-based approach to transforming our state government that begins with listening and serving people across the District and beyond.


Jeffery Warren, Research Director, North Carolina Policy Collaboratory.

Formally trained as a marine geologist, Jeff Warren has spent the past fifteen years in State-level science policy positions, including the coastal hazards policy specialist for the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management (2004 to 2010) and the science advisor for the North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore (2011 to 2017).

Warren earned his BSc from the University of Arizona (1994), his MSc from Auburn University (1997), and his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2006). Warren’s academic research included field sites in the southeastern US, northern Mexico, the East and South China Seas, and Antarctica.

Daniel Sarewitz, Co-Director, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, Arizona State University.

Daniel Sarewitz’s work focuses on revealing the connections between science policy decisions, scientific research and social outcomes. How does the distribution of the social benefits of science relate to the way that we organize scientific inquiry? His current activities include a project (with writer Lee Gutkind) on harmonies between science and religion.

Sarewitz edits the magazine Issues in Science and Technology, and is a regular columnist for Nature magazine. His article “Saving Science,” a broad assessment of the current crisis of quality and public value in the American research system, appeared in the summer 2016 issue of The New Atlantis magazine. His most recent book is The Techno-Human Condition (MIT Press, 2011), co-authored with Braden Allenby. Visit the CSPO online library for more.

From 1989 to 1993, Sarewitz worked on R&D policy issues as a staff member in the US House of Representatives, and principal speech writer for Committee Chairman George E. Brown, Jr. He received a doctorate in geological sciences from Cornell University in 1986. He now directs CSPO’s office in Washington, DC, and focuses his efforts on a range of activities to increase CSPO’s impact on federal science and technology policy processes, and its contributions to public dialogue on the social and political aspects of scientific and technological change.

Diana Epstein, OMB Evidence Team Lead, White House Office of Management and Budget.

Diana Epstein is the Evidence Team Lead at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Evidence Team collaborates with other OMB offices on setting research priorities and appropriate evaluation methodologies, embedding findings from research and other forms of evidence into program design, and developing agency capacity to build and use evidence. The team also provides expert advice and technical assistance on evidence-related activities and initiatives for a broad range of Federal agencies and functions.

Diana was previously a research and evaluation manager at the Corporation for National and Community Service, and before that she worked as a program evaluator and policy analyst at Abt Associates, the American Institutes for Research, and the RAND Corporation. She has an MPP from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Erica Goldman, Science Policy Director, . Moderator.

In this role, she leads NCSE and its Member Institutions in building capacity to bridge science and policy to improve the scientific basis of environmental decision-making.

Erica has a varied background that includes science writing, policy, and academic research. Previously, Erica served as the director of policy engagement for COMPASS, a nonprofit organization that helps environmental scientists effectively share their knowledge in the public discourse and decision-making. She also served in a six-month position in the White House Council on Environmental Quality on the Land & Water Ecosystems Team.

She has worked as a science writer for the Maryland Sea Grant College Program; served as a Knauss marine policy fellow in the Natural Resources Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives; and worked as a news intern at Science Magazine. She received her doctorate in biology from the University of Washington and her bachelor’s degree from Yale University.


Thursday, November 7, 2019 – 1:15 to 2:15 PM EDT

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The Sacred Rivers Carbon Project utilizes Hivemind’s cutting edge mycelium technology, to create carbon banks within critical watersheds throughout Southeast Asia. These sites can help reverse catastrophic climate change and also prevent habitat and biodiversity loss, clean up air and water pollution, and provide local economic development that create jobs and can empower women. The projects will be sustained and scaled through the sale of carbon credits.

Join the Security and Sustainability Forum for an one-hour discussion with Hivemind and Sacred Rivers CEO Joseph Kelly, VP of Marketing Kylie Brown, and arborist Michael McCord about their regenerative agriculture work in Southeast Asia, the benefits planned for the local population and funding needed to launch the program at three pilot sites in 2019. Joseph will also update us on the HiveMind’s business development since he was last on an SSF program in the Spring.

If you’re interested in getting advanced information about the Sacred River Carbon Project investment opportunity, please email Joseph for details:



Rise 2019 Conference – The Role of Universities in Local Community Resilience

September 30, 2019

Rise 2019 Conference – The Role of Universities in Local Community Resilience November 18-20, 2019  New York State University at Albany  Albany, New York Rise 2019 will deliver three-days of technical workshops to explore how institutions of higher learning can collaborate to strengthen local preparedness, response and recovery efforts in the face of threats posed by […]

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Farming Methods That Thrive in a Decarbonized World

September 30, 2019

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 – 1:15 to 2:45 PM EDT DOWNLOAD THE SLIDES HERE Farming Methods That Thrive in a Decarbonized World from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo. Technology is transforming nearly every aspect of our modern lives, and farming is no exception. The produce on your table tonight will have gotten there faster, fresher […]

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21st Century Geopolitics of Energy” One Day GWU On-Campus and Live Streamed Course

September 26, 2019

November 18, 2019  – 8:30 am to 4:00 PM EST — Receive a GWU Professional Education Certificate REGISTER AT  Evaluating, forecasting, and positioning for financial and diplomatic opportunities, conflicts, and environmental implications in the 21st Century requires an understanding of the current geopolitics of energy and the risks, vulnerabilities and possibilities posed by shifts […]

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Tools to Guide Congregations Through the Energy Transition

September 20, 2019

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 – 1:15 to 2:45 PM EDT   Tools to Guide Congregations and Communities Through the Energy Transition from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.   Download the slides here   Many faith-based organizations want to take action to help steward our environment, starting with their own buildings, but often don’t know […]

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How Big Data Can Quantify Community Social and Climate Risks – from neighborhoods to country levels

September 17, 2019

Wed, Oct 16, 2019 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM EDT How Big Data Can Quantify Community Social and Climate Risks – from neighborhoods to country levels from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo. DOWNLOAD THE SLIDES HERE   Poverty rates, education attainment, food insecurity, English fluency, greenspace, health and wellness, air and water quality, and […]

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Webinar – Vacant to Vibrant: Embedding green space in neighborhoods to clean water, cool cities, and bring equitable prosperity

September 17, 2019

Wed, Oct 23, 2019 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM EDT  Vacant to Vibrant_ Embedding green space in neighborhoods to clean water, cool cities, and bring equitable prosperity from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo. DOWNLOAD THE SLIDE HERE The webinar was hosted by Island Press and the Great Lakes Protection Foundation. Vacant lots, so often seen as neighborhood […]

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