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California Academy of Sciences presents Amory Lovins - Thurs March 6th - 8PM SF

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  • sigmabetafiji
    The California Academy of Sciences presents Amory Lovins Co-founder, Rocky Mountain Institute Winning the Oil Endgame * Factor Four * Natural Capitalism
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 29, 2008
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      The California Academy of Sciences
      presents

      Amory Lovins

      Co-founder, Rocky Mountain Institute

      Winning the Oil Endgame * Factor Four * Natural Capitalism
      Thursday, March 6, 8 pm

      Amory Lovins is internationally renowned for his unique problem-
      solving approach within the world of energy. Trained as an
      experimental physicist, Lovins rose to prominence during the oil
      crisis of the 1970s when he was still in his twenties. He challenged
      conventional supply-side dogma by urging the United States to follow
      a "soft energy path." In 1976, Foreign Affairs published Lovins'
      groundbreaking article "Energy Strategy: The Road Not Taken?" which
      described the "soft path" to energy as a shift from bigger to
      smarter, from more to more-with-less. This year marks the 25th
      anniversary of the Rocky Mountain Institute, which Lovins co-founded
      in 1982. The Institute is a Colorado-based applied research center
      that fosters the efficient and restorative use of resources to create
      a more secure, prosperous, and life-sustaining world. It has grown to
      include a 50-member research staff that is working to protect and
      enhance natural and human resources. In the 1990s, Lovins' work with
      the Institute included the design of an ultra-efficient automobile
      called the Hypercar. He has written 29 books and hundreds of
      scholarly papers. His recent Winning the Oil Endgame is a "roadmap to
      getting the U.S. completely, attractively, and profitably off oil."
      The recipient of numerous awards including a MacArthur Fellowship,
      Lovins was named a "Hero for the Planet" by Time magazine in 2000.

      Location: The Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness, SF)
      Tickets: $17 member/$19 non-member
      (415) 392-4400
      www.cityboxoffice.com
      City Box Office
      180 Redwood, Suite 100
      San Francisco, CA 94102
    • Christopher Lepe
      *****PLEASE FORWARD THIS ON TO OTHERS WHO MAY BE INTERESTED***** Human Impact Partners invites you to participate in a training on Health Impact Assessment
      Message 2 of 2 , Mar 10, 2008
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        *****PLEASE FORWARD THIS ON TO OTHERS WHO MAY BE INTERESTED*****
         
        Human Impact Partners invites you to participate in a training on Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for community advocates on April 21 and 22 in Oakland , California .  Come learn how to use HIA to increase the power of your advocacy.
         
        Who should attend?
        This training will be for community organizers, representatives of neighborhood organizations, community leaders, and worker advocates who are interested in using HIA in their advocacy, but who do not have much experience with it. (As an aside, this summer, the San Francisco Department of Public Health will probably be hosting a training on HIA for people who want to learn how to carry out HIA analyses.  That training will be more technically focused.)
         
        Curriculum
        This two day training will cover Health Impact Assessment in general, but will use Land Use examples and exercises specifically.  We will cover the following topics:
        o      Connections between land use policies, plans or development projects and health
        o      Issues that can be addressed by the HIA approach and health-related questions that activists could be asking
        o      Intervention points in the land use planning process where HIA and/or other health-based tools can be inserted (e.g., within the General Plan, Specific Plan, or EIR processes).
        o      Advocacy strategies using HIA
        o      “Doing HIA” -- processes, methods, data, resources, and results
        o      Working with additional stakeholders including public health agencies, planners, developers, and elected officials
        We will be doing extensive hands-on exercises to get people familiar with how to be part of conducting HIAs and how to use HIAs as an advocacy tool.
         
        Space is limited, so please RSVP to Jonathan Heller at jch@... as soon as possible and before April 1, 2008.  Please include your name, affiliation, contact information and a few sentences about what you do and why you are interested in Health Impact Assessment.
         
        Cost
        Participants are being asked to contribute $85 to cover the costs of food (lunch and snacks) and the facility.  
         
        Additional details regarding the exact location and times will follow.  We expect the training to take place in Oakland and to run from approximately 10am to 5pm on Monday April 21 and 9am to 4pm on Tuesday April 22.
         
        For more information contact Jonathan at jch@... or at 510 740 0143.
         
        *****PLEASE FORWARD THIS ON TO OTHERS WHO MAY BE INTERESTED*****
         
         
         
        What is HIA?
        HIA is a set of methods and tools that can be used to judge the potential health effects of a policy or project and the distribution of those effects within the population. HIA aims to make decisions accountable for their effects on health, where health is defined broadly as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.  HIA brings together evidence for decision-makers to understand how public decisions on projects, plans, or policies effect health, positively or negatively.  HIA also offers recommendations to enhance the positive health impacts of policy-making and development projects and to eliminate, reduce, or mitigate negative impacts.
         
        HIA can:
        ØØ    improve local conditions, as well as health and wellbeing, by making health outcomes of proposed projects, plans and policies explicit and by proposing feasible mitigations to negative impacts;
        ØØ    help decision makers make more informed decisions;
        ØØ    increase awareness/understanding of health and its connections to public policy and to the built environment;
        ØØ    support long-term, interactive community engagement and voice;
        ØØ    offer a transparent and comprehensive way to look at issues and trade-offs;
        ØØ    help build new or strengthen existing stakeholder groups, relationships and partnerships among groups interested in improving health;
        ØØ    advance equity and justice.
         
        About HIP
        HIP believes that health should be considered in all decision making.  We raise awareness of and collaboratively use innovative data, processes and tools that evaluate health impacts and inequities in order to transform the policies, institutions and places people need to live healthy lives.  Through training and mentorship we also build the capacity of impacted communities and their advocates, workers, public agencies, and elected officials to conduct health-based analyses and use them to take action.
         
         
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        Jonathan Heller
        Project Director
        Human Impact Partners
        274 14th Street, Oakland CA 94612
        510 740 0143 (o)
        510 684 1794 (c)
        510 808 0378 (f)
         


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