In advance of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) World Conservation Congress Hawaiʻi 2016 in September, the 2016 Sakamaki Extraordinary Lectures provide venues for learning and stimulate interest in the IUCNʻs goal of conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global challenges (iucnworldconservationcongress.org).
Wednesday • July 13
Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in the Built Environment
with Wendy Meguro and Lauren Carter-Roth Venu
Thoughtful design of buildings and landscapes can dramatically impact how we consume fossil fuel energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as reduce potable water consumption, which is becoming increasingly limited in quality and quantity. We will discuss our personal experiences designing exemplary buildings as well as landscapes that serve as water infrastructure systems showcasing ecosystem services and triple bottom line benefits. In addition, we will explore adaptive measures of 21st design for buildings and their sites to manage the effects of climate change including both sea level rise and changes in weather patterns.
Wendy Meguro, LEED AP BD+C, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Building & Community Design, UH Mānoa School of Architecture and UH Sea Grant College Program. Professor Meguro’s research, teaching, and outreach are motivated by the desire to make Hawaiʻi’s coastal communities exemplars in energy and water efficiency, resiliency, economic success, and social well-being. Her research and built work focus on high-performance building design and policy, including enabling coastal communities to adapt to sea level rise.
Lauren Carter-Roth Venu, Founding Principal and President, Roth Ecological Design Int. LLC. As President of Roth Ecological Design Int. LLC, a planning and design firm that provides integrative water resource management and green infrastructure. Venu is passionate about developing strategic, innovative solutions to build water resiliency. She serves on numerous professional committees developing and supporting sustainable water policies for the state of Hawaiʻi, and was named top Forty Under Forty Business Leaders by Pacific Business News.
Wednesday • July 20
Protecting Hawaiʻi’s Native Plants: Seeing the Forest and the Trees
with Suzanne D. Case and Maggie Sporck-Koehler
Join Suzanne Case, Chairperson of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, as she speaks to landscape scale forest conservation (e.g., intact native forests, watershed partnerships and invasive species) and State Botanist Maggie Sporck-Koehler, who will speak to protecting and restoring endangered plants in situ.
Suzanne D. Case, Chair, Department of Land and Natural Resources, State of Hawaiʻi. Case was born in Hilo and grew up in Hilo and Honolulu. She attended Williams College and Stanford University, and received her law degree from Hastings College of the Law, University of California, San Francisco. Prior to her appointment as Chair of DLNR, Case served as the Hawaiʻi Nature Conservancy’s Executive Director from 2001-2015.
Maggie Sporck-Koehler, State Botanist for the Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, and an affiliated researcher with the University of Hawaiʻi’s Botany Department. In her position with the State she focuses on working toward rare plant conservation across the Hawaiian Islands. Her botanical interests are broad, spanning topics including: plant conservation and rare plants; anatomy and physiology; whole plant function; and plant taxonomy. She holds a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Hawaiʻi and has worked for the State of Hawaiʻi for the past four years.
Wednesday • July 27
Hawaiʻi’s Environmental Court: A Global Judicial Model Arises from Earth’s Ideal Environment
with Justice Michael Wilson
As the most enduring global image of an ideal environment, Hawaiʻi provides a crucial juxtaposition to the alarming environmental issues normally perceived by the world community. Hawaiʻi’s Environmental Court is recognized globally as a model for informed, balanced administration of environmental laws. It is a model whose global importance is commensurate with the importance of Hawaiʻi as a symbol of earth’s best resources.
Associate Justice Michael Wilson was appointed to the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court on April 17, 2014, after serving as a judge of the Circuit Court of the First Circuit since May 10, 2000. Prior to his appointment as a Circuit Court judge, Justice Wilson was the director of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Chair of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, Chair of the State Water Commission and a Trustee of the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission.
Wednesday • August 3
Ocean as Heritage: Hawaiʻi’s Opportunity to Shape Global Ocean Solutions
with ʻAulani Wilhelm
When Papahānaumokuakea was inscribed by UNESCO as the world’s first mixed natural and cultural marine World Heritage Site, it was also the first of its kind to honor indigenous relationships to the sea and the importance of global ocean heritage. Despite the ocean comprising over two-thirds of the surface of the globe, marine protected areas are often overlooked and undervalued for their tangible and intangible cultural heritage and their role in maintaining both natural and cultural diversity on the planet. Hawaiʻi sits in a unique place between the developed and developing worlds, with communities who are still deeply linked to the sea. Will Hawaiʻi seize the opportunity to be a global leader while also working to solve our own significant challenges?
ʻAulani Wilhelm, Senior Vice President, Center for Oceans for Conservation International. She founded Big Ocean, a global network of marine protected areas spanning over 8 million km2 of ocean; is Chair of the IUCN-WCPA Large-Scale Marine Protected Area Task Force; and served as an advisor to UNESCOʻs Marine World Heritage Programme. Prior to joining Conservation International she served as Director of Ocean Initiatives for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.
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