You are welcome to read a short letter written by Professor Emeritus Rod Nash, founding chair of the ES Program, on the ocassion of the fiftieth anniversary of the ES Progrm: "The Greening of Higher Education at UCSB."
You may download the physical event program produced for the February 28-MRCH 1, 2020 event as a .pdf here.
Friday, February 28, 2020
All of Friday's events are @ UCSB's Loma Pelona Center (map)
1:30 - 6:00 pm Check-in & Registration
2:00 - 3:15 pm Alumni Panel & Student Mixer #1 & #2 (FREE)* panelists' biographies (.pdf)
3:30 - 4:45 pm Alumni Panel & Student Mixer #3 & #4 (FREE)* panelists' biographies (.pdf)
Download a copy of the Alumni Panel Schedule here (.pdf)
4:30 - 6:30 pm 50th Welcome Reception (refreshments provided)
* There will be two rounds of panels, one at 2:00 pm and another at 3:30pm. In each the first 45 minutes will be dedicated to a panel of distinguished ES Program alumni who will introduce themselves and what they do in their current ‘environmental’ career/job. Then there will be 1/2 hour for the students and alumni to mingle and talk with each other. There will be a different group of alumni on each panel. Students who reserve their FREE tickets here will also be invited to the Welcome Reception at 5pm. To register: Select 'Fri. Feb 28' in the dropdown, then 'tickets', then 'Friday panel'.
Saturday, February 29, 2020
8:00 - 11:00 am Check-in & Registration @ Bren Hall Courtyard (light refreshments provided)
The following are seven breakout sessions and their faculty moderators in ( ). Details about each topic and guests serving as panelists can be downloaded and read from a .PDF here.
9:00 - 10:15 am Round 1 of 2 Themed Discussions (FREE)
• Food In the Anthropocene (David Cleveland & Liz Carlisle)
• Pursuing Sustainability - Challenges at the Forefront of Business (Mike Brown)
• Our Energy: Past and Future (Mel Manalis and Ranjit Deshmukh)
10:30 - 11:45 am Round 2 Themed Discussions (FREE)
• Protecting America's Public Lands: Challenges, Roles & Opportunities (Deborah Williams)
• Environmental Planning: the Future is Now (Paul Wack)
• Future of Sustainable Oceans (Jen Martin & Halley Froehlich)
• South Coast Water: Present & Future (Jordan Clark)
All morning panels are FREE and will be held in lecture halls within and adjacent to Bren Hall, UCSB.
12:00 - 1:00 pm Check-in & Registration @ RecCen Pavillion, UCSB
12:15 - 1:30 pm Lunch and Awards Presentation @ RecCen Pavillion, UCSB
• Christopher Gavigan ('97), Co-founder, The Honest Company & CEO of Prima (2019 recipient)
• Michael Reynolds ('85), Regional National Park Director of 89 Parks in U.S. (2020 recipient)
• Leila Salazar-López ('98), Executive Director of Amazon Watch (2020 recipient)
• Will Shafroth ('80), President and CEO of the National Parks Foundation (2020 recipient)
1:30 - 7:30 pm Student Environmental Groups Tabling Outside Campbell Hall
We are excited up to fifteen student environmental groups will be joining the ES 50th Celebration and staffing tables to share information about their organizations and causes up to the start of the McKibben talk. ES 50th guests are encouraged to visit them during the breaks between meals, plenaries, and the McKibben talk. You may download a .pdf listing all participating groups here.
2:00 - 3:15 pm Plenary Session #1 @ Campbell Hall, UCSB (FREE)
• Welcome, Introductions, and Recognition of ES Faculty
• Premier of documentary: Building a Movement: 50 Years of Environmental Studies at UCSB,
A Mercury Press International production
• Audience discussion about the film and the history of the ES Program
3:30 - 4:45 pm Plenary Session #2 @ Campbell Hall, UCSB (FREE)
• 7,300 Environmental Studies Alumni and counting!
• Introduce the The Paul Wack Environmental Studies Alumni Scholarship in
Planning and the Mel Manalis Leadership Fund as well as other new Program initiatives
• Building the Climate Movement We Need: A Discussion with Bill McKibben (.pdf w/speakers bios)
(see 2010 video of Bil McKibben's last visit & talk at ES's 40th here)
5:15 - 7:00 pm Reception & Dinner hosted by Dean Wiltzius @ RecCen Pavillion
7:30 - 9:45 pm Bill McKibben "Our Changing Climate: A Global Movement of
Reform" @ Campbell Hall, UCSB
Sunday, March 1, 2020
This day is left open intentionally for ES faculty and friends to spend time with each other and to enjoy Santa Barbara. However, people are welcome to join fellow ES faculty, staff, and alumni for any of the following optional activities. All are FREE and open to ES alumni, guests, and students. To reserve your spot(s) for any of these Sunday events visit the Sunday Events registration page here and select your activity(s) and number of guests.
9:00 am - 11:00 am From Weeds to Wetland - Restoration in Action on UCSB's West Campus. A guided tour of the former Ocean Meadows golf course being restored to its natural state (FREE)
University staff and students have transformed the golf course into a diverse open space with vernal pools, estuarine wetland, upland grassland and scrub. Officially called North Campus Open Space (NCOS) Restoration Project this has been an ambitious decade-long project spearheaded by the Cheadle Center (CCBER) at UCSB undertaken with a number of funding partners. This is a 2.5 mile guided walk on mostly flat land and will be hosted by Dr. Lisa Stratton, ES Program lecturer and Director of Ecosystem Management at CCBER. You will have the opportunity to see rare plant restoration, birds (bring binoculars if you have them!) and learn about how this restoration project came to be, the multiple ecological functions it provides, including sea level rise adaptation, and how it serves as a living laboratory for students. Learn more about this amazing project here.
• Meet at 6969 Whittier Drive, off of Storke Road in I.V. Free parking is available.
9:30 am - 1:00 pm Montecito Fire and Debris Flow Tour (FREE) Space is limited!
Visit San Ysidro Creek in Montecito to observe the impacts of the 2017 Thomas Fire and January 9, 2018 Debris Flow. Hosted by Environmental Studies Professors Carla D'Antonio (fire ecology), Ed Keller (fluvial geomorphology), and Summer Gray (environmental sociology). You will observe recovering vegetation and streams, and discuss changing fire regimes, causes of the large-scale 2018 debris flow, and social justice impacts of the disaster. Space is limited so participants must register in advance as they will ride along with the faculty in UCSB vans. Guests will be asked to sign a standard UCSB fieldtrip waiver form and are expected to provide their own food/water. There will be some hiking on rocky, uneven terrain.
• Meet at Goleta Beach (look for UCSB Vans).
10:00 am - 11:45 am The Future of Our National Parks - a Fireside Chat with Three Veteran National Park Leaders (FREE)
This will be a unique fireside chat with three veteran National Park leaders: Michael Reynolds (’85), Regional National Park Director of 89 parks in nine western states and former superintendent of Yosemite National Park; Will Shafroth (’80), President and CEO of National Park Foundation; and Russell Galipeau, former superintendent at Channel Islands National Park for fifteen years. Moderated by Environmental Studies Professor Pete Alagona (historian specializing in ecological science in the North American West) the group will discuss the current state of our beloved National Parks and the challenges they will face in the future. This talk is co-sponsored by the UCSB Alumni Association and open to all UCSB alumni and the general public. If you plan to attend, please register on the Eventbrite page here so we can know how many people to anticipate.
• Held at Bren Hall, Room 1414, UCSB.
10:00 am and 12:00 pm UCSB Campus Tour with Visitor Center Staff (FREE)
Take an exciting tour of UCSB! See what has changed since you graduated and why UCSB has been ranked in the Princeton Review’s Top 50 Green Colleges. This guided tour will include a visit to the UCSB lagoon and Campus Point areas. Learn about the restoration efforts and ecosystem services of this landscape. The tour is being offered twice: 10:00 am and 12:00 pm.1:00 - 2:30 pm.
• Meet at UCSB’s Visitor’s Center, adjacent to Mesa Parking Structure #18
1:00 -2:45 pm Exploring the Ocean - Our Greatest Frontier with ES Alumnus Kip Evans, Director of Photography & Expeditions at Mission Blue (FREE)
Kip Evans is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, explorer and a graduate of UCSB’s Environmental Studies Program (‘90). He has led or participated in more than sixty expeditions including recent assignments in Antarctica, Costa Rica, Chile, Mexico, and the Galapagos Islands. In 2008, Kip joined Mission Blue as the Director of Photography and Expeditions, documenting “hope spots,” critical areas around the world’s ocean that need protection. He has worked as a photographer on dozens of National Geographic Society projects since 1998, including the five-year Sustainable Seas project where he spent over 300 hours diving submersibles at depths down to 1,800 feet. He will present some of his recent work with sharks in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, 17 days in NASA's Aquarius Habitat off the Florida Keys, and an expedition to Alaska. This talk is co-sponsored by the UCSB Alumni Association and open to all UCSB alumni and the general public. If you plan to attend, please register on the Eventbrite page here so we can know how many people to anticipate.
• Held at Bren Hall, Room 1414, UCSB.
Tickets are just $125 for alumni/guests/adults and $40 for current UCSB students and kids 14 and older and covers the entire weekend, including Friday's reception, all events and two meals on Saturday, a ticket to Bill McKibben's talk, Sunday's optional events, and 50th Anniversary swag - including a ES Program T-shirt. NOTE: If you're unable to make it to our 50th events but still want to help out you can donate to the ES 50th Fund.
You may also subscribe to Friends-of-ES listserv email listserv to receive updates on all ES sponsored events and the 50th Anniversary as they become available.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact Eric Zimmerman, ES 50th Anniversary co-chair, by email or phone: 805-893-2968.