Focusing Our Nation Foothill College April 18, 2009
In the News…
EPA declares GHG a significant risk to human health – can be regulated…
We have known this for years
Ice Cores – Story of Vostok
Vostok Ice Core Data
A perfect correlation between CO 2 , temperature, and sea level
For every one ppm CO 2 , sea level rises 1 meter, temp rises .05 C (global)
Process takes 100 years to add 1 ppm CO 2 , and reach thermal equilibrium
This is not just a correlation, this is a complex and dynamic process , with multiple inputs. Touching one input affects all other inputs , and increases in temperature becomes a further feedback and multiplier of these inputs.
GHGs and Vostok Data James Kirchner Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley
Earth Out of Balance http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/news/20050428/
Fires / duration
Sea ice extent
pH of the ocean
Sea level rise
Ecosystem degradation, loss of biodiversity, failure of ecosystem services
So What’s the Plan?
A Subsystems Approach
LEED / green building
Batteries / fuel cells
Smart energy Smart cities Smart citizens Smart policy
What is our purpose?
What is our role on earth?
Can we live in harmony with the planet?
Can we live in harmony with each other?
How do we develop a framework for sustainability?
Robert Cormia, Foothill College Faculty
Charles Allen, Foothill-De Anza District Executive Director, Facilities & Operations
Steve Schmidt & Jay Shideler, Los Altos Hills Energy Initiatives Committee