Philip Mote – Director, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute

“What will happen in the Northwest if we don’t solve the climate problem?” 8:45 am, Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Philip W. Mote is the director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) and a professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. His current research interests include regional climate modeling with a superensemble generated by volunteers’ personal computers. He is the co-leader of the NOAA-funded Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) for the Northwest, and is also co-leader of the Northwest Climate Science Center for the US Department of the Interior.

He earned a BA in Physics from Harvard University and a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington.

Mary Wood, Philip H. Knight Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program at the University of Oregon School of Law

“Asserting Public Trust Rights to Secure our Climate Future.”  7:00 pm, Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Mary Christina Wood is the Philip H. Knight Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the school’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program and was Founding Director of the school’s nationally acclaimed Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program. Additionally, she is Faculty Leader of the Program’s Conservation Trust Project, Sustainable Land Use Project, Native Environmental Sovereignty Project, and Food Resilience Project. She teaches property, natural resources, public trust, and federal Indian law; and has taught public lands, wildlife, and hazardous waste law.

After graduating from Stanford Law School in 1987, and serving as a judicial clerk on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, she practiced in a Pacific Northwest law firm. She has received the University’s Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Orlando Hollis Faculty Teaching Award. Professor Wood is co-author of a leading textbook on natural resources law (West, 2006) and a textbook on public trust law (Carolina Press, 2013). Her new book, Nature’s Trust, was released in October, 2013 (by Cambridge University Press).

Professor Wood has published extensively on climate crisis, natural resources, and native law issues. She originated Atmospheric Trust Litigation holding governments accountable for reducing carbon pollution within their jurisdictions. Her research is used in cases and petitions brought on behalf of children and youth nationally and internationally. She is a frequent speaker on global warming issues and has received national and international attention for her sovereign trust approach to global climate policy.

Mary Wood’s new book, Nature’s Trust:  Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age, was published by Cambridge University Press in October, 2013.

Catherine “Kitty” Piercy, Mayor of Eugene

“The Successful Urban Action Experience.”  9:00 am, Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Mayor Piercy is currently serving her third term as mayor of Eugene. Prior to that, she was an Early Childhood Educator and Elementary School teacher, a three-term State Representative and House Minority Leader, and a Public Affairs Director for Planned Parenthood of Southwest Oregon.

She has served on many state and local committees and commissions. Currently she serves on the Metropolitan Policy Committee, the Lane County Area Commission on Transportation, as well as three state rail committees.  She also serves on the board of the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN) and the Lane County Poverty and Homelessness board.   She is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Mayors Innovation Project.

Mayor Piercy has received a number of awards and recognitions for her work and in 2010 was named Most Valuable Local Official by The Nation magazine.