Hard Earth Speaker Series
One of the main elements of the Roble Living Laboratory for Sustainability at Stanford (ROLLSS) is Hard Earth, a series in which, every other week, a Stanford graduate student whose research points up a vexing dilemma about environmental sustainability gives a talk about this dilemma and how his or her work illuminates it. On the alternate weeks, students who have enrolled to take the full Hard Earth series as a one-unit course (CEE 126XYZ | EARTH 126XYZ) meet for a deeper discussion about the prior week’s presentation.
Hard Earth aims to connect the Stanford community, including undergraduates, with graduate students who are at the forefront of research relating to sustainability. Each quarter, the series features four talks by graduate students and one culminating talk by a recognized non-student sustainability expert. The series has gained widespread notice across campus among students, faculty, and staff who are interested in sustainability. The talks are open to the general campus community.
The graduate-student speakers represent a wide range of academic disciplines and research areas. Most talks are available for viewing on Roble Hall’s YouTube channel and reactions to these talks can be found on the Hard Earth blog.
Hard Earth: Climate Policy and Inequality
Stefan Heck | CEO, Natuo; Co-founder, Sustainability Practice, McKinsey & Co.
Eric Wilburn | MS student, Environmental Engineering; MA student, Public Policy
Austin Sendek | PhD student, Applied Physics
Jacques de Chalendar | PhD student, Energy Resources Engineering
Sherrie Wang | PhD student, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering
Hal Harvey | Co-Founder, Energy Foundation; CEO, Energy Innovation LLC
Indira Pukhan | PhD Student, Education
Rebecca Niemiec | PhD Student, Environment and Resources
Samy Sekar | PhD Student, Environment and Resources
Jacob Englander | PhD Student, Energy Resources Engineering
Felicity Barringer | Former Environment Reporter, The New York Times | Editor, "...& The West," Stanford Blog on Environment of U.S. West
Amy Cruz | MA Student, Journalism
Branden Adams | PhD Student, History
Kelley (KC) McKanna | PhD Student, Environment and Resources
George Philip (GP) LeBourdais | PhD Student, Art History
J. Stephan Dolezalek | Managing Partner, Resourcient Capital Partners
Kay Sheils | Masters of Science in Management Student, Graduate School of Business
Shruthi Baskaran | MBA Candidate, MS Candidate in Environment and Resources
Tim Latimer | MBA Candidate, MS Candidate in Environment and Resources
Jenna Nicholas | MBA Candidate