Beyond Copenhagen: An International Conference on Climate Change
Beyond Copenhagen: An International Conference on Climate Change

»Beyond Copenhagen: An International Conference on Climate Change

April 21-23, 2010
Chapman University, Orange CA

The Schmid College of Science and Technology, in conjunction with the School of Law, organized Beyond Copenhagen, a three-day conference event at Chapman University.  The conference focused on exploring the many potential challenges and opportunities in climate change including issues of the data and models, mitigation and adaptation and discussed what policy changes are needed to make viable and sustainable changes.  The conference also highlighted the specific impacts of climate change on human societies, policy, energy and international law, within four major societal sectors: food, energy, health, and finance, (the "Four F's" of Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon: Food, Fuel, Flu, and Finance).

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  • The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 15), which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark in December 2009 was an attempt to determine how the world will proceed with the issues of climate change. This convention came at a critical time, and Chapman’s Beyond Copenhagen Conference spotlighted the major results from COP15 with in-depth discussions and speeches from experts in several fields.

    As we centered our attention on Beyond Copenhagen, we will also wanted to tie in any implications for us here in California. With 38 million residents and a $1.8 Trillion economy, California would be a member of the G-8 if it were a separate nation. California’s corporate and political institutions have been at the forefront of innovative environmental policies that promote green businesses. The decisions made during COP 15 have direct effects on the business and policy sectors within this state.  As a leader in climate change response within the United States and across the globe, California must carry on and extend COP 15’s initiatives and continue to spearhead changes that will affect all corners of the globe.  California leads the U.S. and the world in many initiatives promoting a clean environment while promoting economic growth. These two societal imperatives, often believed to be at odds with each other, have found a synergetic relationship in the great State of California. For example, carbon emissions per capita in California are less than half of the U.S. average. California was the first state in the nation to adopt greenhouse gas regulations, green building codes and efficiency standards for automobiles and appliances. Yet, California is also home to the most innovative and modern high tech firms in the world, leading growth and innovation which are imperative in a modern society.

    Situated in vibrant Orange in Southern California, Chapman is well situated to address the dual issues of economy and environment. What happened in Copenhagen has implications for the world. As in the past, what California does will be watched closely. Therefore, Chapman University deliberately timed the conference to occur shortly after the Copenhagen convention. This time frame allowed speakers an opportunity to review and reflect on the results of COP15 and begin reaching conclusions and ideas for solutions. This timing also meant that Beyond Copenhagen is attracted many prominent speakers, as it was one of the first scholarly conferences to address the 2009 convention. Our keynote speakers and panelists were asked to look at agreements made (and opportunities missed) at the convention and anticipate effects from policies initiated at the conference. In order to provoke thoughtful debate on these subjects, we  invited individuals from several different backgrounds and with diverse opinions.

    The event kicked-off on April 21, 2010 at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in the Folino Theatre. This event infused environmental issues and the arts in an exciting film presentation by MacGillivray Freeman Films, The Living Sea, as well as provided a sneak peak at their new film, The Arctic.

    The events on April 22 and 23 included several keynote speakers and panel discussions of the four spotlighted human society areas — food, energy, health, and finance — as well as other presentations including a critical panel discussion of global warming.  Engaging and varied discussions by experts in numerous fields showcased issues from health, energy, and agriculture in relation to global change. These discussions focused both on aspects of climate change that currently affect us, as well as those that we can expect to affect us in the future.

    The School of Law closed the conference on April 23, 2010 with events emphasizing the legal aspects of environmental policy. In addition, Schmid College held a panel discussion on energy. Throughout the day, various panel discussions took place, debating and deliberating climate change from a legal standpoint. These discussions were followed by a final reception in the lobby of Kennedy Hall.

  • Esmael Adibi, Ph.D., Director of the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research and Anderson Chair of Economic Analysis, Chapman University

    Ghassem Asrar, Ph.D., Head of World Climate Research Programme, Geneva, Switzerland

    Deepa Badrinarayana, LL.B., LL.M., S.J.D., Assistant Professor of Law, Chapman University School of Law

    Daniel P. Becker, P.E., Bank of America/Merrill Lynch

    Robert Bishop, Ph.D., President, International Centre for Climate Simulation (ICES) Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland

    Daniel B. Bogart, JD, Donley and Marjorie Bollinger Chair in Real Estate Law and Director of the Center for Land Resources, Chapman University School of Law

    Steve Bray, CEO, Power Plus!

    Bob Bunyan, Chair, Orange County Workforce Investment Board

    Tom Campion, Co-Founder of Zumiez, Inc. and Campion Foundation

    Jess A. Carbajal, Director, OC Public Works

    Paul Chan, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer, I.M. Systems Group, Inc.

    Joshua Fershee, J.D., Faculty Development Fellow for Research and Scholarship, Assistant Professor of Law, University of North Dakota School of Law

    Victor Flatt, JD, Taft Professor of Environmental Law, School of Law, and Director, Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation, and Resources, University of North Carolina

    Randall Friedl, Ph.D., Deputy Director for Research, Engineering and Science Directorate, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Robert Goodland, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute, Washington D.C.

    Mike Hammons, Partner, SAIL Ventures

    Chris Harrington, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Toshiba America Information Systems

    Frank Harris, Ph.D., Manager - Global Climate Change, Southern California Edison

    Lorin Humphries, Operations Manager, Sustainable Transportation, Advanced Power and Energy Program

    Fotis C. Kafatos, Ph.D., Honorary President of the European Research Council, and Chair, Immunogenomics, Imperial College, London.

    Menas Kafatos, Ph.D., Fletcher Jones Professor of Computational Physics, Dean, Schmid College of Science and Technology, & Vice Chancellor for Special Projects, Chapman University

    Honorable A.G. Kawamura, Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture

    Donald Kochan, JD, Assistant Professor of Law, Chapman University School of Law

    Joel Kotkin, Author, Journalist, and Distinguished Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures, Chapman University

    William K. Lau, Ph.D., Director of Laboratory for Atmospheres, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    Jane Long, Ph.D., Principal Associate Director At-Large, Global Security Principal Directorate, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    Greg MacGillivray, Chairman, MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation

    Berrien Moore III, Ph.D., Executive Director and Senior Research Scientist, Climate Central

    Ruben O. Morawicki, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Arkansas

    David Nahai, JD, Senior Advisor, Clinton Climate Initiative

    Hari Osofsky, JD, Associate Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law

    Mark C. Perry, Product Delivery Executive, Pacific Southwest Region, Bank of America

    Anuradha Prakash, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Food Science, Chapman University

    Michael Ramsey, JD, Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law

    Stephen Rassenti, Ph.D., Director of Economic Science Institute and Professor of Economics and Mathematics, Chapman University

    Robert Rose, Senior Advisor, U.S. Fuel Cell Council

    Larry Santora, M.D., Cardiologist, Orange County Heart Institute

    Pierre-André Senizergues, Former Pro Skater, Founder/Owner, Sole Technology

    Steven Shestag, Director of Environmental Remediation, Environmental Health and Safety, The Boeing Company

    Amy Sinden, JD, Associate Professor of Law, Beasley School of Law, Temple University

    Neal Skiver, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch

    Soroosh Sorooshian, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine

    William Sprigg, Ph.D., Professor, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, University of Arizona

    Robert Sturtz, Managing Director, Strategic Sourcing-Fuel, United Airlines

    Ed Torres, Director of Technical Services, Orange County Sanitation District (Fuel Cell Project)

    Wallace Walrod, Ph.D., Vice President, Research and Communications, Orange County Business Council

    Christopher Weber, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

    Edward Wegman, Ph.D., Professor of Data Sciences and Applied Statistics, George Mason University

    Mike Wehner, Assistant General Manager for Water Quality and Technology, Orange County Water District

    Jill Whynot, Director, Strategic Initiatives at South Coast Air Quality Management District

    Dylan Wright, Deputy Director, Business Services/Government and Community Relations, OC Waste & Recycling

    Jonathan Zasloff, JD, Ph.D., Professor of Law, University of California School of Law

    Lewis H. Ziska, Ph.D., Research Plant Physiologist, Crop Systems and Global Change Laboratory, United States Department of Agriculture

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2010

    Bush Conference Center, Beckman Hall 404

    3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Climate Science Primer: "Climate Change and its skeptics"
    Speaker:
    Dr. Paul Chan

    • What is the scientific basis for climate change? What are greenhouse gases, and what role do they play in climate change?
    • What evidence do we have that climate change is occurring, and what are the consequences of climate change?
    • What are skeptics saying about climate change?  What is the foundation of their skepticism?

    Marion Knott Studios

    7:00 p.m. - 7:10 p.m.

    Welcome: Dean Menas Kafatos and Chancellor Daniele Struppa
    Paul and Daranne Folino Theater, First Floor

    7:10 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

    Screening of The Living Sea

    8:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

    Q&A with Greg MacGillivray, Chairman, MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation


    Thursday, April 22, 2010

    Sandhu Conference Center

    8:00 a.m.                     

    Registration & Continental Breakfast
    Lobby

    9:00 a.m. -
    9:10 a.m.

    Opening Remarks: Dr. Menas Kafatos

    9:10 a.m. -
    9:30 a.m.

    Speaker: Dr. Ghassem Asrar - Challenges and Opportunities in Climate Research: A Foundation for Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation and Risk Management

    9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

    Speaker: Dr. Jane Long - Climate Intervention: Exploring Additional Strategies to Address Climate Change 

    10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

    Food & Water Panel - Food, Water and Climate Change
    Moderator: Dr. Anuradha Prakash
    Panelists: Mr. Robert Goodland, Honorable A.G. Kawamura, Dr. Ruben Morawicki, Dr. Soroosh Sorooshian, Dr. Christopher Weber

    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    Professional Lunch and Speaker: Mr. Pierre-Andre Senizergues - Lightening Our Footprint - One Sole At a Time


    Kennedy Hall, Room 237

    Business Opportunities in Climate Change - Concurrent Programs

    8:00 a.m. -
    8:30 a.m.

    Registration & Breakfast

    8:30 a.m. -
    8:40 a.m.

    Opening Remarks: Mr. Bob Bunyan

    8:40 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.

    PANEL: Best Green Business Practice
    Moderator: Dr. Wallace Walrod
    Panelists: Mr. Daniel P. Becker, Mr. Mike Hammons, Mr. Chris Harrington, Mr. Eddie Northen, Mr. Steven Shestag

    10:10 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

    PANEL: Best Green Government Practice
    Moderator: Dr. Wallace Walrod
    Panelists: Mr. Jess Carbajal, Ms. Lorin Humphries, Mr. Neal Skiver, Mr. Ed Torres, Mr. Mike Wehner, Mr. Dylan Wright

    11:20 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Closing Remarks: Mr. Mark Perry


    Sandhu Conference Center

    1:45 p.m. -
    2:15 p.m.

    Speaker: Dr. Randy Friedl  - Transforming Climate Change Science Through Space Observations  

    2:30 p.m. -
    3:00 p.m.

    Speaker: Dr. Fotis C. Kafatos - Malaria and Climate Change  

    3:15 p.m. -
    4:15 p.m.

    Health Panel
    Moderator: Dr. Larry Santora
    Panelists: Dr. William K. Lau, Dr. William Sprigg, Ms. Jill Whynot, Dr. Lewis Ziska

    4:30 p.m. -
    6:00 p.m.

    Climate Discussion
    Moderator: Dr. Menas Kafatos
    Discussants: Dr. Robert Bishop, Dr. Tom Campion, Mr. Joel Kotkin, Dr. Berrien Moore, Dr. Edward Wegman

    6:00 p.m.

    Closing Remarks: Dr. Menas Kafatos


    Friday, April 23, 2010

    Sandhu Conference Center

    8:30 a.m.

    Registration & Continental Breakfast

    9:00 a.m. -
    9:10 a.m.

    Opening Remarks: Daniel B. Bogart

    9:10 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

    International Law Panel
    Moderator: Prof. Donald Kochan
    Panelists: Prof. Michael Ramsey, Prof. Amy Sinden, Dr. Jonathan Zasloff

    10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

    Physical Science, Energy & Law Panel
    Moderator: Dr. Deepa Badrinarayana
    Panelists: Prof. Joshua Fershee, Prof. Victor Flatt, Prof. Hari Osofsk



    Bush Conference Center, Beckman Hall 404

    12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

    1:30 p.m. –
    2:00 p.m.

    Professional Lunch and Speaker: Mr. David Nahai - The 3 Cs of Climate Change - Cure, Containment and Conversion
    Lunch ticket required

    Speaker: Mr. Robert Sturtz - Fueling California: What Makes California Fuel Environment Different in Terms of Policy, Cost and Vulnerability?


    Sandhu Conference Center

    2:15 p.m. -
    3:30 p.m.

    Energy & Economy Panel
    Moderator:
    Dr. Esmael Adibi
    Panelists: Mr. Steve Bray, Dr. Frank Harris, Dr. Stephen Rassenti, Mr. Robert Rose

    3:30 p.m.

    Closing Remarks: Dr. Menas Kafatos


    Kennedy Hall, School of Law Lobby

    4:00 p.m. -
    6:00 p.m.

    Closing Reception

  • Organizers: Schmid College of Science and Technology and School of Law, Chapman University

    Chair:  Menas Kafatos
    Co-Chair:  Daniel Bogart

    Supporting Organizations: A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research, Chapman University, Center for Entrepreneurship, Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Chapman University, Economic Science Institute, Chapman University, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Chapman University, MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation, Hong Ik International Art Center, Korean Women's International Network

    Local Organizing Committee: Karen Agrums, Christina Alexopoulos, Deepa Badrinarayana, Denis Binder, Paul Chan, Nancy Christiano, Mary DeVlugt, Hesham El-Askary, Michael Fahy, David Finley, Frank Frisch, Jennifer Hunnewell, Christopher Kim, Brooke Kirchner, Chris Lewis, Ashley Melton, Mary Platt, Anuradha Prakash, Nikias Sarafoglou, David Shafie, PK Shukla, Emmanuel Smith, Jamie Stewart-Marsh, Keun-Hang Susan Yang  

    Sponsors: Bank of America, Southern California Edison, Fueling California, Orange County Business Council, Orange County Workforce Investment Board, PowerPlus!, Schmid College of Science and Technology, School of Law 

    Bank of America Logo            Southern California Edison Logo

    Fueling Califofnia Logo     Orange County Business Council    Orange County Workforce Investment Board Logo  PowerPlus! Logo

    Statement sent by Mr. Wonsoo Kim, Deputy Chef de Cabinet, in the Office of the Secretary General on behalf of the Honorable Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations

    Honorable Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations

    "I thank Chapman University's Schmid College of Science and Technology and School of Law, and all others involved, for drawing attention to the issue of climate change, one of the defining challenges of our era and one of my key priorities at the United Nations. Last December's Copenhagen conference was an essential step forward, even if it did not go as far as many would have hoped. Our challenge now is to move toward an ambitious agreement.
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    Nature does not negotiate. Any further deferment of action will only jeopardize our ability to prevent runaway climate change and achieve the Millennium Development Goals. As Secretary-General, I thank you for your contribution to addressing this grave challenge."

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