Environmental Concerns Team

Carol Stone photo

Carol Stone

Meets monthly on the second Monday, September to May,
7:30 to 9 pm. Check the Calendar on this Website for details.

Team Leaders:
Carol Stone, 510-549-0959, seastone01@comcast.net
Gail Schickele, 415-922-5826, gails@bayarea.net

The LWVBAE Natural Resources, Environmental Concerns Speakers Series offers talks on environmental and related topics. We invite experts on important issues to speak and answer questions.

Previous Talks

Claire Greensfelder,  Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice
Tom Kelly, KyotoUSA
Reporting on COP21 Climate Talks
January 11, 2016

Claire Greensfelder

Claire Greensfelder

The COP21 climate talks concluded mid-December with much political celebration and an equal if not greater amount of criticism for not going far enough. To better understand the outcomes from Paris, join us for a presentation from Claire Greensfelder, from the Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice, a coalition of more than 24 international environmental, women’s and human rights networks from across the world; and Tom Kelly, executive director and founder of KyotoUSA, a non-profit that encourages local governments, school districts and communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Both were in Paris for the climate talks and will share what it was like both inside and outside the official meeting.


East Bay Hills Vegetation and Fire History
Jerry Kent
Former assistant general manager of the East Bay Regional Park District

February 8, 2016

When early white settlers came to the Bay Area, they were enamored with its climate but missed the tall hardwood trees of the East Coast and launched large scale tree planting projects across the region that have become our neighborhood forests. The eucalyptus tree planting project was abandoned shortly after the turn of the century when it was discovered the trees did not produce quality lumber, but the forests are still with us, creating fire hazards and ecological concerns that East Bay residents must face. Join us for a presentation from Jerry Kent, former assistant general manager of the East Bay Regional Park District, who will address East Bay Hills vegetation and fire history, including introduction and proliferation of blue gum eucalyptus trees across the East Bay and how the planting of the fast-growing Australian tree has transformed the natural ecology of the Bay including the fire landscape.


The 2015-2016 Speaker Series talks will include speakers from UC Berkeley on California agriculture and the drought, and an expert from the EPA Pollution Prevention Waste Division who works on cutting-edge food waste prevention, reduction and recycling issues including local efforts to produce renewable energy from food waste.

Talks are on the SECOND MONDAY OF THE MONTH September through May 7:30 to 9 pm 1174 Euclid Avenue (at Crystal Way, just north of Eunice)

Contacts: Carol Stone (seastone11@hotmail.com) or 510-549-0959
or Gail Schickele (gail.schickele@gmail.com) or 415-922-6627

Highlighted Previous Talks

The summaries of talks are written by Co-Chair Gail Schickele.

Leslie Stewart on Crude by Rail in the Bay Area presented on January 12, 2015

Leif Bansner and Paul Freedman on Bay Area Bike Culture Curbing Climate Change presented on Dec 8, 2014

Severin Borenstein on Curbing Fossil Fuels with Renewable Energy in California presented Nov 10, 2014

Sara Kamins onCalifornia’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) presented Oct 13, 2014

DISRUPTION:  screening of 350.org documentary, presented Sep 8, 2014.

The Fracking Debate:  Sierra Club on Fracking presented Jan 13, 2014. and Dr. Paul Henshaw and Dr. Linda Swift on A Geologic Perspective on Fracking, presented Apr 21, 2014.

Dr. Michael Wehner on Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate, presented Mar 10, 2014.

Johanna Hoffman on Resilience on the Oakland Waterfront, presented Nov 10, 2013.

Dr. Al Weinrub on Clean Energy Choices in Community Choice Aggregation, presented Oct 14, 2013

Dr. Glenda Humiston on Farming and Rural-Urban Partnerships , presented Sep 10, 2012

Brooks Ray Smith on Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment (slides only), presented Sep 7, 2007