Dean's Council Breakfast Club

The Dean's Council Breakfast Club is the Bren School's primary forum for sharing leading-edge research and engaging our support community in discussion about a range of issues relevant to environmental science, management, policy, economics, and law. At these engaging meetings, we present some of the most prominent thinkers from industry, academia, government, and environmental consulting. The Breakfast Club is open to Bren School donors, Corporate Partners, and invited guests.

This event is designed to extend our outreach to the Santa Barbara community and to help the Bren School fulfill its teaching, research, and public-service mission beyond the university community.

Breakfast Club speakers are invited to the Bren School before and/or after the Breakfast Club meeting in Santa Barbara to interact with Bren students and faculty.

If you are interested in joining the community of Bren School supporters either as a donor or Corporate Partner please contact Patti Winans at (805) 893-4589 or by e-mail.

We look forward to having your involvement!

Dennis Allen
Chair, Bren School Dean's Council

The Breakfast Club is free of charge and is open to Corporate Partners, current Bren School donors and invited guests. The Club meets quarterly from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the University Club of Santa Barbara, 1332 Santa Barbara Street. To receive an invitation with details, please contact Patti Winans at (805) 893-4589 or by e-mail..

Past Breakfast Club Topics and Speakers

Title: Flowing in a New Direction: Emerging Trends in California's Water Supply
Guest Speaker: Russell M. McGlothlin, Shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Russell McGlothlin is a shareholder in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck's Santa Barbara office and a member of the Water & Public Lands and Renewable Energy Practice Groups. His experience includes a broad range of water use issues in California and the western United States, including water-rights permitting, adjudication of groundwater rights, conjunctive water use, water transfers, water quality, recycled-water projects, and environmental matters, including CEQA and ESA compliance.

Mr. McGlothlin is a board member with the Santa Barbara-based Community Environmental Council and serves as the liaison for Brownstein's Corporate Partnership with the Bren School.

Title: Eco-Entrepreneurship Project: Forget-Me-Not Sourcing
Guest Speakers: MESM Students from the Bren Class of 2012, Morgan Furst, Amanda Lindsay and Alex Silvester

Imagine a world where the $1.8 trillion global apparel industry was responsible, traceable, and transparent. Instead, we live in a world where the environmental and social impact is vast and highly destructive where over 8,000 chemicals are used to turn raw materials into textiles. Cotton production uses 25% of the world’s pesticides on just 3% of the world’s farmland and China’s famed Pearl River in the township of Xintang runs black from denim and textile factory waste. There is a dire need to improve the environmental impact of the apparel industry, and the use of sustainable textiles is a necessary piece of the solution. Forget-Me-Not Sourcing (FMNS) is an online interactive textile library for emerging fashion designers who cannot easily navigate the complex world of environmentally and socially responsible fabrics. Emerging designers spend up to 85% of their time sourcing fabrics, preventing them from doing what they love: designing clothes. While many are interested in using sustainable fabrics, they lack the knowledge, finances, and time to source the fabrics on their own. FMNS will find and evaluate sustainable fabric manufacturers, consolidating information into one place, in order to create an online library that may be filtered based on a number of factors, including: color, fiber, environmental and social benefit, and geographical location. With a monthly subscription to the FMNS library, designers are given the tools to make sustainable design a reality. FMNS’ services help designers reach their full potential, at a price they can afford, allowing them to incorporate their responsibility to the planet, compassion for people, and passion for beauty into their designs.

Title: "Environmental Management Systems: A Tool for Wrapping Infrastructure around Green Ideas in Any Organization"
Guest Speaker: Joe Bialowitz, MS, HEM Senior Environmental Stewardship Consultant,
Kaiser Permanente

Joe Bialowitz advances individual and community health by assisting with continuous efforts to incorporate environmental stewardship into the activities of America’s largest integrated health care provider, Kaiser Permanente. He coordinates several cross-functional environmental stewardship projects at Kaiser Permanente, including key elements of the organization’s climate action, waste reduction and employee engagement activities. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, he developed and implemented ISO 14001-certified environmental management systems for companies in the United States and Europe. Mr. Bialowitz holds an Advanced M.S. degree in Environmental Management from the Vrije Universiteit in the Netherlands, an M.S. degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and a B.A. degree in Political Science from Stanford University.

Guest Speaker: Matthew Potoski, Professor, Corporate Environmental Management, Political Science, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

Matthew Potoski arrived at the Bren School in 2011 after spending a dozen years on the faculty of Iowa State University. He teaches courses on corporate environmental management, and his research focuses on management, voluntary environmental programs, and public policy. He co-authored The Voluntary Environmentalists (Cambridge, 2006) and was co-editor of Voluntary Programs (MIT, 2009). He is currently co-editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and the International Public Management Journal. He received the ISU LAS Early and Midcareer Awards for Achievement in Research.

Title: Spatial Planning for Sustainable Offshore Shrimp Aquaculture
Guest Speakers: MESM Students from the Bren Class of 2011, Michaela Clemence, Frank Hurd, Heather Lahr, Asma Mahdi, Audrey Tresham and Jeff Young

Global demand for shrimp is currently met with wild caught and farmed species, both of which are frequently environmentally and economically unsustainable. Offshore aquaculture is an emerging alternative that shows promise for reducing or eliminating many concerns embedded in existing capture fishery and land-based aquaculture practices. Aquapods are a new offshore aquaculture cage system that could provide a path to sustainable shrimp production, but little is known regarding the optimal placement strategy or economic viability of this new technology.

This project uses an innovative spatial bio-economic analysis to provide a strategic framework for implementing offshore shrimp aquaculture with greater certainty of success. To better inform the planning, management and research priorities of Aquapod operations in Northwest Mexico, this project couples marine spatial planning with bio-economic modeling and sensitivity analyses to identify suitable sites for Aquapod implementation and evaluate the economic viability of Aquapod operations. Our model indicates that only a small proportion of our study areas are suitable for Aquapod implementation and that none of the potential locations are expected to be profitable. We found that profitability is driven by both spatial variability and operational decisions, and by locating Aquapods close to shore and reducing feed and labor costs, managers can help ensure the economic viability of Aquapod operations.

Title: What We Measure, We Improve — Avery Dennison's Sustainability Strategy
Guest Speaker: Danny Wong, Director of Corporate Sustainability for Avery Dennison Corporation

Danny Wong is the Director of Corporate Sustainability for Avery Dennison Corporation, based in Pasadena, CA. In this role, he crafts and leads the sustainability strategies relevant to the Company's vision and business plan, and promotes sustainability practices in its global operations. Danny chairs the company's Sustainability Steering Committee of corporate and business unit leaders that identifies and implements the priorities for the corporation.

Danny has worked at Avery Dennison for over 15 years, his prior role as the corporate director for health and safety. With previous employers that include the Atlantic Richfield Company, the UCLA Center for Labor
and a few consulting firms, Danny has over 25 years of experience in the environmental, health and safety field, and holds a doctorate in environmental sciences from UCLA.

Guest Speaker: Sangwon Suh, Assistant Professor, Corporate Environmental Management, Industrial Ecology, Life Cycle Assessment, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

Sangwon Suh's research interests include how materials and energy are extracted from nature, how they are transformed and used, and, finally, how they are discarded back to nature, which forms the metabolic structure of the coupled, human-nature complexity. In addition to making important theoretical and applied contributions in LCA, MFA, I/O and their combinations), he also is contributing to the policy and economics literature. Although he has covered a wide range of resources, several of his most recent contributions have focused on carbon and water, in part due to his growing interest in the issues associated with biofuels.


Title: Community Greenhouse Gas Solutions: Prioritizing Emissions-Reducing Strategies 
Guest Speakers: Michael Conrady, Gavin Feiger, Allison King, Aaron Sobel, and Justin Whittet

SAFEGUARD is the culmination of the group thesis. The group address climate change mitigation at the community scale by providing recommendations for effective strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). They performed cost-benefit analyses on 20 GHG reduction strategies such as installing efficient appliances, taking public transit and installing solar panels. Combined with relevant geographic requirements, these analyses informed development of their software model and serve as the basis for tailored GHG reduction plans. Dubbed SAFEGUARD, their software prioritizes reduction strategies based on cost effectiveness.

SAFEGUARD addresses the political feasibility of implementing strategies by allowing the user to override the software???s economic prioritization. Accompanying the software is a user manual and detailed methods describing the processes used to build the model and determine the required inputs. They have created a useful tool for consultants and governments to determine optimal greenhouse gas reduction strategies at the community scale.

Guest Speaker: Steve Gaines, Dean, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

Professor Gaines has been a distinguished member of the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology since 1994, and is the director of the UCSB Marine Science Institute. From 2002 to 2005, he provided exemplary service to the campus as acting vice chancellor for research. In 2007, Professor Gaines graciously agreed to serve as acting dean of the Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences, a post he held until October 2008.

Professor Gaines's research focuses on marine ecology and conservation, sustainable fisheries, the design of marine reserves, and the impact of climate change on ocean ecosystems. Under his leadership, ground will soon be broken for the campus's new Outreach Center for Teaching Ocean Science (OCTOS), which will house state-of-the-art interactive exhibits to help connect students, educators, community groups, and the public with innovative educational programs based on the latest ocean science research.
His numerous activities at the national and international levels include currently serving as a science adviser for the Joint Ocean Commission and as a principal investigator for PISCO (Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans), a long-term consortium studying marine ecosystems throughout the Pacific. From 2003 to 2006 he held a prestigious Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship. Most recently, Professor Gaines received the inaugural Marc J. Hershman Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, and the scientific journal Nature, recognized as its top research highlight for 2008 a paper he co-authored on an innovative fisheries management strategy called “catch shares,” which can reverse fisheries collapse.


Title: Follow the Data: Tracking the Origins and History of Environmental Information

Guest Speaker: James Frew, Associate Professor – Environmental Informatics  

Abstract: Environmental scientists are increasingly being called upon to publish their data as well as the conclusions they derive from it. Environmental science may even involve the creation of data products as a primary goal, rather than simply a means to an end. To have the same confidence in data that we have in peer-reviewed conclusions, we need mechanisms for capturing and conveying the origins and processing history -- the "provenance" -- of digital information. In this talk I will provide an overview of the data provenance problem and illustrate some emerging solutions.

James Frew's research interests lie in the emerging field of environmental informatics, a synthesis of computer, information, and Earth sciences. He is interested in information architectures that improve the discoverability, usability, and reliability of distributed environmental information. Trained as a geographer, he has worked in remote sensing, image processing, software architecture, massive distributed data systems, and digital libraries. His current research is focused on geospatial information provenance, discovery, and curation, using remote sensing data products generated by his Environmental Information Laboratory as UCSB's Geography and Computer Science departments.


Topic: The Carbon Disclosure Project

Guest Speaker: Michael Wadden

Michael Wadden is a senior executive at Accenture, with more than 15 years of experience at the global management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company. In his most recent role, Mr. Wadden led the formation of new businesses in the pharmaceutical, digital content and entertainment, and environmental sustainability areas. Combined, these new business entities are expected to contribute more than $1 billion of revenue over the next five years. He is currently involved in launching a new business called Accenture Smart Building Services and is helping to grow Accenture’s sustainability consulting practice. Mr. Wadden graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Launched in 2000, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is the largest repository of corporate greenhouse gas emissions data in the world, with 77 percent of Fortune 500 companies signed up. CDP's 385 signatory investors have $57 trillion in assets under management and include Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Barclays Group, and Mitsubishi UFJ. Accenture is helping to define and build the capabilities required for the CDP to be successful.


Topic: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Overhead versus Underground Power Distribution in Southern California

Guest Speakers: Sarah Bumby, Katya Druzhinina, Rebe Feraldi, and Danae Werthman


Topic: Red State, Blue State, Green State: The Politics of the Environment

Guest Speaker: Sarah Anderson, Bren School Assistant Professor – Environmental Politics

Sarah Anderson arrived at the Bren School in 2007, bringing valuable expertise in political structures and dynamics, which profoundly influence environmental policy. Her research interests include legislatures, political parties, public policy, statistical methods, and environmental politics. Those interests are reflected in her experience in Washington, D.C., where she worked as a U.S. congressman’s legislative assistant and also researched legislation to brief members of the House National Parks and Public Lands Subcommittee. Her current projects include an extension of her dissertation work, in which she analyzed (and found serious limitations to) the three main models for predicting government spending at the level of appropriations bills. In other projects, she is working to quantify the impact of environmentally concerned constituents on congressional voting, and seeking to determine the degree to which environmental voting, agricultural voting, and voting in other policy areas reflect more general voting in Congress.


Topic: Green Pieces: A Business Plan for Green Modular Housing

Guest Speakers: MESM Students from the Bren Class of 2008, Nicole Dejonghe, Max DuBuisson, Jamie Britto, and Kelly Schmandt.


Topic:The British Columbia Connection and Renewables for California

Guest Speaker: Paul B. Manson, President and CEO, Sea Breeze Power Corporation

Paul Manson has over 10 years of experience in the renewable energy industry. He has fostered the growth of several companies in their start-up stage, and has extensive experience in the administration of public companies. In addition to serving as President and CEO of Sea Breeze Power Corp., Mr. Manson is also President of a management consulting firm, Banks Island Management Services Inc.

With broad experience in the acquisition of assets and a strong vision for a sustainable future, Mr. Manson was instrumental in Sea Breeze Power Corp.’s (then International Powerhouse Energy Corp.) acquisition of private wind energy development company, Sea Breeze Energy Inc. Since then, Mr. Manson has contributed significantly to the growth of British Columbia’s wind energy industry, and through the initiation of independent transmission projects through a joint venture, the growth prospects for British Columbia’s Independent Power Producers industry.


Topic: Climate Change & Water: Rights and Runoff.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Christina Tague, Assistant Professor at the Bren School.

Dr. Tague, studies interactions between hydrology and ecosystem processes and explores how eco-hydrologic systems are altered by climate and land used changes. Dr. Tague is one of the principle developers of RHESSys, Regional Hydro-ecological simulation system, a coupled model of spatially distributed carbon, water and nitrogen cycling. This modeling approach seeks to provide science-based information on spatial patterns of vulnerability in water quantity, and ecosystem health.


Topic: California’s Energy-Water Nexus.

This breakfast presentation described the inextricable link between energy and water. Although water supplies and energy supplies are thought of by the general public as two separate systems, this paradigm discounts the fact that energy itself consumes significant quantities of water. Likewise, it is also overlooked that the distribution of water requires large amounts of energy. This interdependence of energy and water is known as the energy-water nexus.


Guest Speakers: MESM Students from the Bren Class of 2007, James Lee Stacy Tellinghuisen, Bliss Dennen, Dana Larson and Cheryl Lee.

In California, where water supplies are already limited, the effects of climate change and regional population growth threaten the future available supply of water for energy production. Meanwhile, rising prices of fossil fuels and concern over greenhouse gas emissions have led to broader interest and investment in renewable energy sources. Renewable energy sources not only reduce dependence on fossil fuels which emit the greenhouse gases linked to climate change, but in some cases also reduce the amount of freshwater required for energy generation. Other ways to reduce these freshwater inputs are through the use of reclaimed water and technologies such as IGCC and dry cooling.

This presentation quantifies the amount of freshwater required to produce energy for different types of primary energy sources and power generation technologies. This project uses this information to compare the water input requirements of several different energy portfolios, using California as a regional case study. Learn more.


Topic: Embracing the Environment.

This breakfast presentation described the vision and policy behind Toyota’s commitment to the environment and its efforts to meet that commitment in North America and globally.

Guest Speaker:  Bill Duff, Corporate Manager, Environmental Coordination, Toyota Motor Sales, USA.

Bill Duff received his B.Sc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1968.  Over the next 10 years, he held positions in Perkins Engines’ Research Division, Product Planning and Marketing Planning.  In 1978, he moved, to the United States, to run their North American Marketing Planning Department and eventually headed up their Manufacturing, Procurement and Supply Division.

In 1985, he joined Toyota in California to run their Industrial Engine Department, eventually heading up the Marketing/Product Planning/Finance Division for the Toyota Industrial Equipment Group. In 2001, as part of a major shift to enhance Toyota’s environmental efforts in the United States, Bill was appointed Corporate Manager of the newly formed Environmental Coordination Office.  This department was set up to provide a focus for Toyota’s environmental efforts in the United States.

Currently he is the President of the Council for the Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA). Also, Bill is a member of the California State Parks Foundation Board of Trustees.

He and his wife, Ruth, reside in Irvine, California.  They have three daughters, Kerry, Kimberley and Gabrielle, two of whom obtained their first degrees at UC Santa Barbara.  Ruth and Bill also have two grandchildren.

Topic: The Problem of Water

Guest Speaker: Gary Libecap, Distinguished Professor of Corporate Environmental Management, Bren School


May 5, 2006

Tom Umenhofer, Vice President and Technical Director, ENTRIX, Inc.

Topic: In the Wake of Katrina

February 3, 2006

Ernst von Weizsäcker, Dean, Bren School

October 7, 2005

Tom Lovejoy, President, Heinz Center

May 6, 2005

Ann Notthoff, California Advocacy Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council

February 11, 2004

Dennis Aigner, Professor, Bren School.

Topic: Environment and the Bottom Line

October 8, 2004

Jerry Clifford, Deputy Assistant Administrator, US EPA, International Affairs. 

Topic: USEPA's Role in Emerging Global Environmental Issues

May 7, 2004

Bob Goldberg, Professor, Department of Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology, UCLA. 

Topic: Super Plants for the 21st Century

February 13, 2004

Oran Young, Professor & Co-Director, Program on Governance for Sustainable Development.

Topic: Managing the Global Carbon Cycle: Policies and Measures vs. Targets and Timetables

October 2, 2003

Hunter Lenihan, Assistant Professor (Marine Ecology and Resource Conservation), Bren School.

Topic: Coral Restoration: Ecology at its Best

May 2, 2003

Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Secretary for Policy Management and Budget, U.S. Department of the Interior.

Topic: Environmental Entrepreneurship: Moving from Conflict to Cooperation

February 7, 2003

B.J. Kirwan, Attorney, Latham & Watkins (Los Angeles).

Topic: New federal regulations concerning "New Source Review under the Clean Air Act," recently promulgated by the EPA and sued by several eastern states.

October 4, 2002

Dennis Allen, president, Allen Associates; Dean's Council member.

Topic: Curitiba, Brazil's Ecological City, Offers Inspiration for an Alternative to Urban Sprawl

May 3, 2002

Robert Stephens, Assistant Secretary, California Environmental Protection Agency.

Topic: Future Directions in Environmental Policy

February 1, 2002

Timothy Cohen, Vice President, URS Corporation.

Topic: Boeing and the Environment: Past and Present

October 19, 2001

Frank Davis, Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management.

Topic: Confronting Climate Change in California

May 4, 2001

Jody Freeman, Professor of Law, UCLA.

Topic: Trends in Environmental Law and Regulation: The Supreme Court and the Bush Administration

February 9, 2001

J. Andrew Hoerner, Senior Research Scholar and Director of Research, Center for a Sustainable Economy (CSE), Washington, DC.

Topic: Good Business: Using Market Incentives to Promote Environmental Improvement