Past Event

Grand Challenges in Environmental Engineering: The Future of Water, Food, and Energy

Study in Progress: Public Meeting
7:00 PM PDT - 9:30 PM PDT
September 5, 2017

Location: California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive San Francisco CA 94118

The demand for clean water, food, and energy is expected to rise sharply as the global population expands toward 10 billion by 2050, while at the same time standards of living are increasing for much of the world. Meeting that demand will be difficult enough in itself, but the challenge is even greater in the context of global climate change and the pressing need to reduce the environmental impacts of human activities.

Join us for an evening with three experts who have studied the past, present, and future of these basic human needs. Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute will share his thoughts on the evolving technologies that could be vital to providing water to a growing global population. Jonathan Foley, Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences will outline the size of the food challenge and the new approaches and technologies that are needed to sustainably meet demand. Saul Griffith, CEO of Otherlab, will share his recent work on mapping energy flows in the U.S. economy and how those might shift to address a host of issues including climate change.

This event is part of the National Academies study on Grand Challenges and Opportunities in Environmental Engineering and Science. The talks will be followed by a Q&A with the committee that is authoring the study. The event is free and open to the public. It will not be webcast but a video recording of the event will be posted to the website.