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Future of Nature Boston Speaker Series

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Join leading thinkers from Boston and beyond for discussions about solutions to some of the most pressing environmental challenges we face.

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Tickets cost $25 per event or a $40 pass for both.

The Future of the City: Can Cities be the Key to a Greener World?

MARCH 30
Calderwood Pavilion, Wimberley Theatre
Reception 5:30 pm; talk at 6:30 pm

As the world becomes increasingly urban and populations rise, living in denser cities may be part of the solution to humanity’s resource challenges. Can urban areas be environmentally sound? What role can technological innovation play? How can Boston become a leader in green design? Where do the cities of the future exist today?

Speakers include:

  • Kent Larson directs the City Science Initiative and the Changing Places Group at the MIT Media Laboratory, with research focused on strategies to enable high-performance, entrepreneurial, creative communities. Projects include CitySCOPE, CityHOME, Mobility-on-Demand and CityFARM. He has practiced architecture for 15 years in New York City, with work published in various publications including Global Architecture. His book, Louis I. Kahn: Unbuilt Masterworks was selected as one of the Ten Best Books in Architecture, 2000 by The New York Times Review of Books.
  • Nigel Jacob, Urban Technologist in Residence at Living Cities, is also the co-founder of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, a civic innovation incubator and R&D Lab within Boston’s City Hall. He has worked to develop new models of innovation for cities and has been recognized for his leadership through various publications and awards.
  • Pascal Mittermaier, The Nature Conservancy’s Global Managing Director, Resilient Cities, holds an extensive background with global sustainability and works to engage cities in managing their natural resources. He led the Elephant & Castle regeneration project in central London and served as the Head of Sustainability in Europe with Lend Lease.

Moderator: Bruce Gellerman, WBUR, Boston. Bruce brings almost 20 years of experience in public radio to his position with WBUR. He created and hosted WBUR’s “Here & Now” and produced “Living on Earth.” He’s an award winning journalist covering science, business, technology, and the environment and he’s currently a reporter for NPR,  WBUR, and Living on Earth.

The Future of Fish: Can We Bring Global
Fisheries Back From the Brink?

JUNE 15
Calderwood Pavilion, Wimberley Theatre
Reception 5:30 pm; talk at 6:30 pm

Many fish populations globally are in decline, due to changing ecosystems and fishing pressure. Even New England’s famed cod is struggling, bringing this global challenge very close to home. How can fishermen and scientists work together to save our fisheries? Can innovative solutions change the paradigm?

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