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The Commonwealth Club, SF Club Office
595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94105, United States

Upcoming Events At This Venue

January 29, 2015

Buildings are the big kahuna when it comes to fighting climate change. Forty percent of carbon emissions in the United States comes from buildings and the electricity that goes into them. Energy and water-wise buildings are now trendy in many downtown office towers, driven mainly by market forces.

HUD Secretary Castro wants to take energy efficiency and new financing models to multifamily developments and federal housing communities. Secretary Castro will also talk about HUD’s efforts to help create greener communities and fight climate change.

Caulking windows and weatherizing doors isn’t sexy, but they are one of the simplest and most effective ways to cut power bills and clean up communities. Energy upgrades also create jobs that can’t be sent offshore.

Join a conversation about green buildings, climate change, resilience and more with a political rising star.

Date: January 29, 2015 11:15 am

Can cow dung save humanity? Many people concerned about climate disruption have shunned dairy and red meat because of the methane gas emitted by both ends of cows.

But some ranchers and researchers are saying rotational cattle grazing patterns and composting on grasslands can increase soil fertility, retain water and store carbon. Cows, they say, should get a fresh look and dirt should get more respect as a potent tool in the fight to reduce carbon pollution. Restoring soil is a hot topic right now in food and farming circles.

Date: January 29, 2015 6:00 pm

February 27, 2015

The plunge in gasoline pockets will boost economic growth this year and put money in the pockets of American drivers. But it also is causing increased sales of gas-guzzlers and undercutting efforts to move away from fossil fuels to reduce the risk of more severe weather.

Gasoline selling for $2 a gallon also reshapes the national energy outlook as well as international petropolitics. The Saudis are inflicting pain on Houston and Moscow.

A conversation about the economics and politics of a world with oil for sale at $40 a barrel.

Jason Bordoff, Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University; Former Special Advisor to President Obama, National Security Council Staff.
Other Speakers TBA

Date: February 27, 2015 6:30 pm