GreenTalk Speaker Series, Fall 2018

Fall 2018

  • Sept 12

    Kristen Wonder, B.A. Environmental Studies

    Sustainability Coordinator, San Jose State University
    Member, SJSU Campus-Wide Sustainability Board

    Managing Sustainability at SJSU

    Kristen is a dedicated sustainability professional striving to create meaningful change with long-term sustainable solutions. An SJSU, Environmental Studies Graduate, she is committed to using advocacy to drive social and environmental progress at San Jose State University.


    Principles of Environmental Science (Cunningham and Cunningham) Chapter 16 - Environmental Policy and Sustainability

  • Sept 19

    Gary H. Hsueh, AICP

    Director, Mobility Programs at Prospect Silicon Valley

    Applying Transportation Technology to Solve Public Issues

    Gary Hsueh, the Director of Mobility Programs at Prospect Silicon Valley, will discuss several examples of how transportation-related technology are being applied in ways that benefit society. Gary will describe some of Prospect SV’s demonstration projects, which include changing commute behaviors and vehicle-to-grid integration. He will also discuss two of the startups supported by Prospect SV and the products they are developing.

    Gary’s expertise includes:

    • Project creation and execution of mobility technology demonstration projects
    • Government partner relationship building and management
    • Strategic business development
    • Advice to mobility startup clients



    Principles of Environmental Science (Cunningham and Cunningham) Chapter 15 – Economics and Urbanization

  • Sept 26

    Dr. Nicole Okamoto

    Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, SJSU

    Environmental Legislation: The Challenge of Making Informed Decisions

    Dr. Okamoto says that environmental issues are often more complex than the media portrays. In her presentation she will examine the difficulty of making informed environmental decisions because of both the complexity of the issues and the many unknowns involved.


    Principles of Environmental Science (Cunningham and Cunningham) Chapter 16 – Environmental Policy

  • Oct 3

    Marc Landgraf

    External Affairs Manager, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority

    Open Spaces and Green Architecture

    More information coming soon.

    What is Green Architecture?


    Principles of Environmental Science (Cunningham and Cunningham) Chapter 15 – Economics and Urbanization

  • Oct 10

    Dr. Dustin Mulvaney

    Associate Professor, Environmental Studies Department, San Jose State University
    Owner: EcoShift Consulting

    Solar Innovation and Environmental Justice

    What are the environmental issues we need to think about along the life cycle of solar power? Dr. Mulvaney will discuss emerging tensions between solar innovation and environmental justice. For example, photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing processes involve hazardous chemicals similar to those found in the electronics industry, where impacts such as groundwater contamination, worker exposures to chemicals, and other air and water emissions overlap with environmental inequality.

    Dr. Mulvaney's website


    Principles of Environmental Science (Cunningham and Cunningham) Chapter 13 – Energy

  • Oct 17

    Mandeep Khera

    Chief Marketing Officer, ValiMail

    Internet of Things/Environmental Impact

    The Internet of Things is the future. Mandeep Khera, a Silicon Valley professional who has held various positions over the past 25 years, talks about ways the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the environmental landscape. Mandeep is also a professional writer


    Principles of Environmental Science (Cunningham and Cunningham) Chapter 13 – Energy

  • Oct 24

    Dr. Eugene Cordero


    Global Warming and Climate Change, What’s an Engineer to Do?

    Dr. Cordero, a professor in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science at SJSU, explains anthropogenic climate change and possible solutions. His science research is focused on understanding the processes responsible for long-term changes in climate through the use of observations and atmospheric models. Dr. Cordero is also founder and director of the Green Ninja, an enterprise that creates educational experience that help students design a more sustainable world.


    Principles of Environmental Science (Cunningham and Cunningham) Chapters 9 and 13 – Climate Change, Energy

  • Oct 31

    Julia Schmitt, PE - CANCELLED

    Environmental Engineer at Brown and Caldwell

    Water Engineering, Planning and Conservation

    Enabling adequate access to high-quality water for people and their surrounding ecosystems is a challenge in many areas of the world, including California. The Golden State is facing a growing imbalance between supply and demand of useable water for agriculture and municipalities. What strategies are policy-makers at the state and local level considering to lessen demand and/or increase supply? How can various forms of "waste" water, as well as surface and ground water, be managed more efficiently to serve human and ecological needs? We will examine a few case studies from the Bay Area to illustrate the challenges and opportunities facing water engineering today. As a practicing water resources engineer, Julia Schmitt, PE, works on the design and planning of potable, recycled, and storm water systems.


    Principles of Environmental Science (Cunningham and Cunningham) Chapter 11 – Water Conservation

  • Nov 7

    Joshua Mackie, Ph.D.

    Technical Services Manager, Gilmac Pty Ltd,
    West Perth, Australia

    Using Engineering to Create Economic and Environmental Sustainability in Agriculture

    Dr. Joshua Mackie is a researcher focusing on projects that increase the economic value of crops that can be grown for a range of end-uses. Since 2017, he has been the Technical Services Manager for Gilmac, Australia’s largest hay exporter.

    Canola is primarily grown for vegetable oil, but is also a dual-use crop. The ‘meal’ material left after oil is extracted is fed to animals. Through the science of figuring out what a cow likes to eat, and how to repack hay, Gilmac leads the way in making oat hay grown in Australia a valuable export commodity, supplying dietary fiber and nutrients to dairy cattle in Asia. Effective use of protein sources is necessary to feed growing populations.

    Josh is currently working on a process for increasing the value of canola meal by protecting proteins from consumption by bacteria in the rumen – the cow’s first stomach – to allow more amino acids to be absorbed at the intestine. Such processes increase the already high value of multipurpose crops, including canola and soybean, and could allow use of more land-based vegetable protein for aquaculture.

    Josh’s role involves setting up scientific experiments, and development of a Near Infra-red Reflectance (NIR) spectroscopy system that predicts chemical variations of hay and canola.

    He has a PhD in Zoology and Bachelor of Science (Genetics Honors) degree from the University of Melbourne. After aquatic zoology postdocs at Stony Brook University and Moss Landing Marine Labs, he taught Biology as a lecturer at San Jose State University, California. He was Director of Technical Communication (2015-17) at SJSU, a program in which students are challenged to explore the links between their chosen engineering discipline, science and global sustainability/standard of living challenges.


    Principles of Environmental Science (Cunningham and Cunningham) Chapter 7 – Food and Agriculture

  • Nov 14

    Julia Thompson, Ph.D., M.S.
    Keith Perry, M.S., M.B.A,

    EPICS Instructors

    Topic: Environmental Aspects of Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS)

    The EPICS program takes global and local community organizations and partners them with students who have strong technical backgrounds. It is a national program that provides service- learning opportunities in the engineering curriculum. SJSU engineering students are giving back to the community and helping the environment too. Keith, Julia, and some EPICS students will talk about the program at SJSU and discuss several environmentally-focused engineering community projects.


    Principles of Environmental Science (Cunningham and Cunningham) Chapter 16 - Environmental Policy and Sustainability