Climate Action Campaign, in partnership with Mid-City CAN, is thrilled to present the inaugural San Diego Green New Deal Speaker Series, monthly events featuring experts from throughout the region who are leading the fight for a safe and livable future.
Join us as we explore what it will take to achieve net-zero emissions with a just transition for workers and frontline communities.
Upcoming Events in the San Diego Green New Deal Speaker Series
Social Equity in Climate Solutions
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
City Heights/Weingart Library
3795 Fairmount Ave.
San Diego, CA 92105
6:00pm Program Begins
Tickets: $20 Suggested Donation / Free for Climate Action Campaign Members
Become a member and secure free admission to all five events!
About Council President Gómez
Council President Georgette Gómez is the daughter of working class immigrants, who learned at an early age the importance of giving back to the community and helping those less fortunate. A graduate of SDSU, Council President Gómez has dedicated her career and volunteer time to strengthening communities.
Georgette was elected to the San Diego City Council in 2016, representing the District 9 communities of City Heights, Kensington, Talmadge, College Area, College View Estates, Rolando, El Cerrito, Alvarado Estates, Mt. Hope, Mountain View and Southcrest. Georgette was elected by her peers to serve as San Diego City Council President and Chair of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit District in 2018. She is the first queer latina to hold the positions. As Council President, she is committed to creating a local government that is equitable, inclusive, transparent, and accountable
A lifelong San Diegan and first generation Mexican-American, Georgette got her start as a victims’ advocate working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Formerly a community organizer, Georgette led the Toxic Free Neighborhoods Campaign advocating for stricter laws to protect kids from lead paint and keep polluting industries out of residential neighborhoods.
Past Events in the San Diego Green New Deal Speaker Series
How do we pay for the Green New Deal?
Thursday, July 25, 2019
The Green New Deal puts forth a sweeping vision of how to solve the climate crisis and fight poverty at the same time, while ensuring a just transition for workers currently employed in fossil fuel industries. Watch the recording of the event to learn how we can make the needed investments to transform our society and build an economy that works for everyone. Read more about Dr. Ramanathan below.
About Dr. Ramanthan
Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan is a Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. His most recent research finds that phasing out fossil fuels could save 3.6 million lives per year.
In 1975, Dr. Ramanathan discovered the greenhouse effect of cholorofluorocarbons (CFCs), and showed that a ton of CFC-11 and CFC-12 has greater global warming effect than 10000 tons of CO2. This discovery established non-CO2 gases as a major contributor to planet warming and also enabled the Montreal protocol to become the first successful climate mitigation policy. For this work, Dr. Ramanathan was awarded the Tyler Prize in 2009. In 1980, Dr. Ramanathan was one of the first to statistically predict that global warming would be detected above the background noise by 2000, which was later verified by the IPCC-UN in 2001.
Dr. Ramanthan has also led a NASA study with its climate satellite to show that clouds had a net cooling effect on the planet and quantified the radiation interactions with water vapor and its amplification of CO2 warming, as well as led international field campaigns and developed unmanned aircraft platforms for tracking brown clouds pollution worldwide.
Dr. Ramanthan’s work has led to numerous policies, including the formation of UN’s Climate and Clean Air Coalition. Dr. Ramanthan also founded and designed Project Surya with Nithya Ramanathan and Tara Ramanathan; an extended effort to characterize and mitigate climate and health impacts of cooking with solid biomass and to protect the poorest three billion from climate change.
Dr. Ramanathan was honored as Pope Francis’ science advisor to the historic 2015 Paris climate summit and also advised former California Governor Jerry Brown. Furthermore, he was named the UN Climate Champion in 2013 and elected to the US National Academy and the Royal Swedish Academy. Foreign Policy named him a thought leader in 2014; and in 2018, was named the Tang Laureate for sustainability science.
Dr. Ramanthan is now leading a University of California climate solutions effort, which launched a course on interdisciplinary climate solutions.
Biking, Walking and Transit
Thursday, August 22, 2019
About Mr. Ikhrata
Considered one of the preeminent transportation planning experts in the nation, Hasan Ikhrata is the Executive Director of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). SANDAG is the leading research, planning, and transportation agency for the San Diego region. The agency builds consensus; makes strategic plans; obtains and allocates resources; plans, engineers, and builds public transportation, and provides information on a broad range of topics pertinent to the region’s quality of life. Agency policymakers are elected officials from each of the area’s 18 cities and the county. Mr. Ikhrata leads a staff of about 350 professionals who develop public policy initiatives for elected officials on numerous issues encompassing population growth, transportation, environmental management, economic development, municipal finance, binational coordination, and public safety.
Mr. Ikhrata has over 30 years of public and private sector transportation planning experience in the region. As Executive Director of SANDAG, he directs day‐to‐day operations of the agency and implements policies set by its governing board. In addition, Mr. Ikhrata is the Chief Executive Officer of the SANDAG Service Bureau, the nonprofit public benefit corporation chartered by SANDAG.
Mr. Ikhrata has received several awards and honors from various organizations and agencies including the American Society of Public Administration, Southern California Leadership Council, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange County Business Council, League of California Cities, City of Los Angeles, State of California Certificate of Recognition, Association of the San Bernardino County Special Districts, the Building Industry Association, regional chapters of the Women’s Transportation Seminar and numerous others.
Mr. Ikhrata holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Civil and Industrial Engineering from Zaporozhye University in the former Soviet Union; a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from UCLA, and a PhD Candidacy in Urban Planning and Transportation from the University of Southern California.
Prior to joining SANDAG in 2018, Mr. Ikhrata worked for Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).
Mr. Ikhrata is an adjunct professor in the business school at California State University, Northridge.
Adaptation to the Climate Crisis
Thursday, September 19, 2019
About Mayor Dedina
Serge Dedina is the Mayor of the City of Imperial Beach. He is also co-founder and Executive Director of WILDCOAST. Serge received the Surf Industry’s Environmental Award, San Diego Zoological Society’s Conservation Medal as well as the California Coastal Commission’s “Coastal Hero” Award in recognition of his conservation achievements. He was named a UCSD John Muir Fellow in 2013 and was honored as a 2016 Peter Benchley “Hero of the Sea.” Before co-founding WILDCOAST back in 2000, Serge was the founding Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Baja California – Sea of Cortez Program where he helped to initiate successful efforts to protect Loreto Bay National Park, Espiritu Santo Island Reserve and Cabo Pulmo National Park. He grew up in Imperial Beach, California, and spent his childhood helping to preserve the Tijuana Estuary as a National Wildlife Refuge and has worked on water quality issues in the San Diego – Tijuana region since 1980. Serge is an avid surfer, swimmer and former State of California Ocean Lifeguard. He is the author of Saving the Gray Whale, a book based on the three years he lived in the gray whale lagoons of Baja California; Wild Sea: Eco-Wars and Surf Stories from the Coast of the Californias; and, Surfing the Border. Serge has a Ph.D. Geography, University of Texas at Austin; M.S. Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.A. Political Science, University of California, San Diego.
Increasing Suburban Density to Fight Climate Change
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
In addition to the climate crisis, we are facing a housing crisis. One of the most important actions we can take to combat the climate crisis and housing crisis is to change our development patterns to promote infill growth instead of sprawl.
Encinitas has created an innovative and award winning program to add housing to their existing suburbs through a “permit-read” granny flat or accessory dwelling unit program. The city gives residents free plans to build a granny flat and offers a streamlined process. The city has also waived city fees and has enlarged the building envelope to accommodate them.
About Mayor Blakespear
Encinitas Mayor Catherine S. Blakespear was re-elected to her second term as mayor with 83 percent of the vote in November, 2018. Catherine was first elected to serve on the Encinitas City Council in 2014, and became the City of Encinitas’ second directly elected mayor in 2016. She serves on a number of outside boards, including those of regional water and waste water districts. In 2018 she was chosen by her elected peers on the county’s largest regional transportation agency, SANDAG, to serve in leadership as vice-chair. Before running for elected office, Catherine was appointed and served for four years as the Cardiff representative on the Encinitas Traffic & Public Safety Commission.
Catherine grew up in Encinitas, moved away for college and career reasons, and returned to Encinitas with her husband and two children in 2009. Graduating from Torrey Pines High School in 1994, she played varsity basketball for four years, earning the MVP award for her last three years. She attended college at Northwestern University in Chicago, earning a bachelors’ and masters’ degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism. For her first professional job, she was hired as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times’ in the Ventura County bureau. Her beat was transportation, which sparked an interest in urban planning that still inspires her today. Before the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, Catherine became a staff reporter with the Associated Press and moved to Utah to work in the AP’s Salt Lake City bureau.
After five years in journalism, Catherine attended law school and earned a law degree at University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, graduating in 2006. She served as editor-inchief of one of the law school’s three law journals, The Journal of Law and Family Studies. She subsequently clerked for an appellate judge on the Utah Court of Appeals and worked for the highly regarded law firm of Ray, Quinney & Nebeker in Salt Lake City. Catherine, her husband Jeremy and their two children moved back to her hometown of Encinitas in 2009, where she co-founded her own estate planning law firm. Catherine maintains an active California law license but spends the majority of her professional time serving as mayor.
Catherine is passionate about our American democracy and all elements of the governmental structure that support equality, liberty, freedom and happiness that Americans enjoy. She also loves to garden and pick fruit, run and play with her family on the beach and in the ocean, follow politics and policy issues, watch musicals and live theatre, and mountain bike with her husband. Catherine sends an informative and popular newsletter, which you can sign up for by emailing her at email@example.com.