4/1/15 Katy Leakey Reception & Evening Lecture

Lecture: 7:00-8:30pm 100 Engineering Lecture Hall (ELH)
Please fill out the reception RSVP form here.
Katy Leakey is an artist and designer of The Leakey Collection and has been living and working alongside the Maasai women in the Rift Valley of Kenya for over a decade. Through her work building a sustainable, environmentally-friendly Zulugrass jewelry line, Katy has witnessed the women earn money for the first time, build and refine their skills, and invest deeply into their families and community all while preserving the traditional culture of the Maasai. Katy will offer her perspective on the power of promoting women's entrepreneurship to create flourishing communities and wide-ranging stability. To learn more about Katy Leakey, go to: http://www.leakeycollection.com/about-us.
The Blum Center for Global Engagement was launched in early 2015 at UC Irvine, as part of a larger consortium of Blum Centers (beginning with the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley, established in 2006), across the University of California campuses. The Blum Centers operate on the idea that a world-class university must be a force for tackling the world’s most daunting challenge – poverty.
The Center’s mission is to enable a new generation of students and researchers to ask and address critical questions about economic development that are key prerequisites to devising effective and innovative approaches to alleviating contemporary poverty both locally, in Orange County, and abroad.

3/3/15 Sustainable Infrastructure with Tim Psomas

Date:  Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Time:  12 - 1:30pm
Location:  112 SE1 (map)
Timothy Psomas, chairman of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure and former chairman of the board of Psomas, will be discussing the new national organization he is helping to lead: the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). ISI has developed and is promoting a groundbreaking infrastructure sustainability rating system. Fashioned after LEED, the Envision™ Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System focuses on non-habitable infrastructure such as bridges, highways and water treatment plants, which constitute one-third of all new construction in the U.S.
Link to PowerPoint presention here.
Free and open to the public. Lunch provided. RSVP (optional) khartsho@uci.edu by February 25th.

3/3/15 Coping with Water Scarcity

Associate Professor of Environmental Economics & Policy
UC Riverside
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Location: Donald Bren Hall, Room 6011 (map)
Consistent with historical trends, California saw its driest year on record in 2013 and its warmest year in 2014. Despite recent rains, the Sierra snowpack remains well below average, groundwater tables are low and falling, and the current drought is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. Water agencies across the state have been mandated to significantly reduce per-capita water use or else lose their eligibility for state grants and loans. More than ever, urban water suppliers are seeking effective strategies for managing residential demand.
Presented by Water UCI. Please RSVP here.