Dempsey Environmental Lecture and Conference Series
2008 Dempsey Environmental Lecture
"Global Warming: Is the Science Settled Enough for Policy?"
Dr. Stephen Schneider, Stanford University
Schneider, a professor of environmental biology and global change at Stanford University, has authored or co-authored more than 500 scientific papers, media articles, legislative testimonies and book chapters on climate change issues. A co-director at the Center for Environment Science and Policy at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a senior fellow in the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Schneider has served as a consultant to federal agencies and to the presidential administrations of Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
During the 1980s he emerged as a leading advocate of sharp reductions of greenhouse gas emissions to combat global warming. He was part of the team that provided climate change data in 2007 that resulted in the United Nations–sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sharing the Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore.
2006 Dempsey Environmental Lecture
"Ecological Economics: Creating
a Sustainable and Desirable Future"
Dr. Robert Costanza, University of Vermont
The 2006 Dempsey Environmental
was presented by Dr. Robert Costanza. Dr.
Costanza is the director of the Gund Institute for
Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont and is best known for
his pioneering work on ecosystem valuation. In 1997, a team of
researchers headed by Costanza published an analysis that put a dollar
figure on the services ecosystems provide to the continued functioning
of our planet, ranging somewhere between $16 and $54 trillion. Dr.
Costanza and ecological economists around the globe have spent the
ensuing years confirming and refining their valuation process.
Dr. Costanza is the author or co-author of more than 350 scientific
papers, 19 books and numerous reports on his work have appeared in
publications such as Newsweek
The Wall Street Journal
, National Geographic
and The New York Times
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2005 Dempsey Environmental Lecture and Conference
"Is Nature Calling?"
Terry Tempest Williams
The 2005 Dempsey Environmental Lecture
was delivered by Terry Tempest Williams. Ms. Williams is perhaps best
known for her book, "Refuge: An
Unnatural History of Family and Place,"
chronicles the epic rise of Great Salt Lake and the flooding of the
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in 1983, alongside her mother's
diagnosis with ovarian cancer, believed to be caused by radioactive
fallout from the nuclear tests in the Nevada desert in the 1950's and
1960's. This book is now regarded as a classic in American Nature
Writing a testament to loss and the earth's healing grace. Her
most recent book, "Red: Patience and
Passion in the Desert"
traces her lifelong love of and
commitment to the desert and the spiritual and political commitment of
preserving the fragile redrock wilderness of southern Utah. Ms.
Williams has testified before the U.S. Congress twice regarding the
environmental links associated with cancer, and has been a strong
advocate for America's Redrock Wilderness Act. She is the recipient of
a Lannan Literary Fellowship in creative nonfiction, as well as a
Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lila Wallace - Readers Digest Community
In conjunction with Ms.Williams lecture, the Dempsey Environmental Conference
also held. It explored connections between the professional lives
and broader motivations, meanings, and implications of the life's work
of an array of exceptional individuals working for the environment.
Conference panelists included: Ed Begley, Jr., Robin Morris
Collin, Dave Foreman, Dale Jamieson, Jane Lubchenko, Carolyn Merchant,
George Miller, Andrew Revkin, and Elizabeth Woody.
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2003 Dempsey Environmental Lecture
The 2003 Dempsey Environmental Lecture
was given by Dr. Michael Soule. Dr. Soule is one of the world's leading
experts in population biology and island biogeography theory. He has
written and edited nine books on biology, conservation biology, and the
social context of contemporary conservation. He has written more than
150 articles on topics such as population and evolutionary biology,
population genetics, island biogeography and nature conservation and
ethics. Soule has received numerous recognitions including being
elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science, receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship, and being the recipient of
the National Wildlife Federation's 2001 National Conservation
Dr. Soule was the founder and first president of the Society for
Conservation Biology, has served on the board for the National Research
Council and is a founding and active member of the Wildlands Project.
2002 Dempsey Environmental Lecture and Conference
Futures: Science, Politics, and Policy for the Next Century"
The 2002 Dempsey Environmental Lecture
was presented by Mr.
Bruce Babbitt. Mr. Babbitt was appointed by President Bill Clinton to
be the US Secretary
of the Interior in 1993, he is also the former governor of the state of
Arizona and the former Attorney General for that state as well.
The 2002 Dempsey Environmental
focused on "Forest
Futures: Science, Politics, and Policy for the Next Century."
John Kitzhaber opened the conference and provided the keynote address.
Panel discussions included: Sustainable Forestry, Science and
Policymaking, Endangered Species and The Future and Challenges of the
Northwest Forest Plan. The success of and continued interest in this
conference prompted the creation of the Forest Futures Roundtable
which meets informally twice a year to further discuss the ideas
generated at the conference and other related topics
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2001 Dempsey Environmental Lecture and Conference
Paul Hawken -
Conference - "Greener Institutions for a Changing
The Dempsey Environmental Lecture and
September 2001. Paul Hawken delivered the inaugural lecture titled, "The Quest for Sustainability."
The one-day conference titled, "Greener
Institutions for a Changing
convened four panels to discuss topics such as: Low
Cost Options for Reducing Greenhouse Emissions, Green Buildings and
Technology, Fostering Institutional Commitment, and Calculating a
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