Resnick Institute


Terry Tamminen

Chen-Huang Sustainability Series Lecture

The California Experience Goes Global
with Terry Tamminen

CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

Monday, April 22, 2019 | Ramo Auditorium

5:00 to 6:00 pm | Refreshments before starting at 4:30 pm

In this presentation, former CalEPA Secretary Terry Tamminen examines California sustainability policies that succeeded in the state (including “lessons learned” and setbacks), but which also became models around the globe for advancing environmental protection and “green” economic development. He will also present a roadmap for policies and projects that could simultaneously save endangered species (and their habitats), address climate change, and create the biggest wealth-generating opportunity of the 21st Century.

About Terry

Terry has deep international expertise in business, agriculture, education, public policy and the environment. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and later Cabinet Secretary, the Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor, where Terry was the architect of many groundbreaking sustainability policies, including California's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, the Hydrogen Highway Network, and the Million Solar Roofs initiative.

In 2010 Terry co-founded the R20 Regions of Climate Action, a public-private partnership bringing together subnational governments, businesses, financial markets, NGOs, and academia to implement measurable, large-scale, low-carbon and climate resilient economic development projects that can simultaneously solve the climate crisis and build a sustainable global economy.

Since 2007 he has provided advice to Pegasus Capital Advisors and numerous global businesses on sustainability and "green" investing. In 2016, Terry joined the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation as CEO.

An accomplished author, Terry's books include "Cracking the Carbon Code: The Keys to Sustainable Profits in the New Economy" (Palgrave Macmillan). In 2011, Terry was one of six finalists for the Zayed Future Energy Prize and The Guardian ranked Terry No. 1 in its "Top 50 People Who Can Save the Planet."

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required and seating is on a first come, first served basis.

The Chen-Huang Sustainability Series is made possible by the generous support of Dr. Marina Chen (MS '80 CS; PhD '83 CS) and Chi-Fu Huang.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | Beckman Institute Auditorium

9:30 am to noon | 1:30 to 4:00 pm

Resnick Fellows Seminar Day

Join us at the BIA for 7 sustainability science research talks presented by Resnick Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows! All are invited to attend!