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Hard Earth Speaker Series

Dean Chahim stands in front of screen with audience in front of him

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

May 31, 2018
Stefan Heck | CEO, Natuo; Co-founder, Sustainability Practice, McKinsey & Co.
May 17, 2018
Eric Wilburn | MS student, Environmental Engineering; MA student, Public Policy
May 3, 2018
Austin Sendek | PhD student, Applied Physics
April 19, 2018
Jacques de Chalendar | PhD student, Energy Resources Engineering
April 5, 2018
Sherrie Wang | PhD student, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering
March 8, 2018
Hal Harvey | Co-Founder, Energy Foundation; CEO, Energy Innovation LLC
February 22, 2018
Indira Pukhan | PhD Student, Education
February 8, 2018
Rebecca Niemiec | PhD Student, Environment and Resources
January 25, 2018
Samy Sekar | PhD Student, Environment and Resources
January 11, 2018
Jacob Englander | PhD Student, Energy Resources Engineering
November 30, 2017
Felicity Barringer | Former Environment Reporter, The New York Times | Editor, "...& The West," Stanford Blog on Environment of U.S. West
November 9, 2017
Amy Cruz | MA Student, Journalism
October 26, 2017
Branden Adams | PhD Student, History
October 12, 2017
Kelley (KC) McKanna | PhD Student, Environment and Resources
September 28, 2017
George Philip (GP) LeBourdais | PhD Student, Art History
June 1, 2017
J. Stephan Dolezalek | Managing Partner, Resourcient Capital Partners
May 18, 2017
Kay Sheils | Masters of Science in Management Student, Graduate School of Business
May 4, 2017
Shruthi Baskaran | MBA Candidate, MS Candidate in Environment and Resources
April 20, 2017
Tim Latimer | MBA Candidate, MS Candidate in Environment and Resources
April 6, 2017
Jenna Nicholas | MBA Candidate