Climate Conference 5/9-11


It was a great event...


Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson
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It was a great Conference...

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Highlights of the Conference

Overview of the Conference
Here's a 7 minute highlight reel of the gist of the cutting edge of the climate and renewable energy movement in the bay area. 


Friday Night's Session

Mark Jacobson's Presentation
How do we get to 100% clean renewable energy by 2050? Here's how! 

Fri night panel

Friday Night's Session

Panel Discussion
A distinguished panel of experts respond to Dr. Jacobson's proposal and audience questions 


Saturday Session

Don Martin’s presentation
"This is a war for our health and our safety -- that of our children, our children's children, our elderly and ourselves." 



San Francisco’s First Climate Conference Tackled Regional Aspects Of Climate Crisis

Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson opened this weekend’s Bay Area event with his 100% renewable energy plan

San Francisco, California––This weekend over 300 activists attended the first-ever grassroots teach-in conference on emerging hot topics of the climate movement, including fracking, explosive oil “bomb” trains, and renewable energy growth, presented by over two dozen cutting-edge scientists, legal experts, writers, and leaders.

Stanford University scientist Mark Jacobson received a standing ovation for his keynote address to the Dirty Energy/Clean Solutions: Climate Conference 2014, a three-day Bay Area conference. Dr. Jacobson presented his 50-state plan for transforming the United States from dependence on fossil fuels to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, and responded to audience questions with a distinguished panel of experts.

Saturday's program opened with a keynote by Richard Heinberg, world-renowned expert on the fossil fuel industry, and was followed by multiple panels on fracking, refining, and dirty fuel transport.   Attendees were treated to an inspiring lunch-time address by Desmond D'Sa of South Africa, recent recipient of the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize. A panel on local clean energy and community resilience closed the day on a more optimistic note. Sunday's many interactive workshops focused on grassroots activism.

Conference sessions were full, and audience feedback and Q&A were lively all three days. 350 Bay Area Steering Committee member Rand Wrobel said, "The Conference exceeded expectations in every way. The strong support of climate and climate-aware organizations and from the community makes it clear there is a hunger to know the issues and to act on them. The climate movement is primed to explode." Notable quips from the speakers include: “"Sitting gets you nowhere - take a stand", "We have to be more creative than the state", and "Remember future generations."

Professor Jacobson's keynote was followed by a panel featuring Miya Yoshitani of Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Stephanie Wang of Clean Coalition, and Dan Jacobson of Environment California. Greg Dalton of Climate One moderated. Other conference presenters included Diane Bailey, Senior Scientist of the Natural Resources Defense Council, author Mark Hertsgaard, labor leader Dave Campbell, journalist Rob Collier, and attorney Suma Peesapati, who has filed a federal lawsuit against the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for approving explosive Bakken oil rail shipments through Richmond.  

The complete schedule of speakers can be found at:

Dirty Energy/Clean Solutions: Climate Conference 2014 was hosted by 350 Bay Area and Sunflower Alliance. It was sponsored by the Center For Biological Diversity, Sierra Club-SF Bay Chapter, CREDO, Food & Water Watch, NRDC, the Sunrise Center, the Ecology Center, Environment CA,  Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Citizens Climate Lobby, One Pacific Coast Bank, Global Community Monitor (GCM), Clean Coalition, EarthJustice, Oakland Climate Action Coalition, AFSCME 57, Planting Justice, Mainstreet Moms, Local Clean Energy Alliance, System Change, not Climate Change, and Forecast the Facts.

Panelists discuss fracking impacts at Dirty Energy/Clean Solutions: Climate Conference 2014 (Photo by Floyd Smith)

About 350 Bay Area: Formed in 2012, with 6000 supporters, 350 Bay Area’s mission is to build a grassroots climate movement, working for deep reductions in carbon pollution in the San Francisco Bay Area & beyond. See

About Sunflower Alliance: The Sunflower Alliance is a partnership of individuals and organizations who fight for environmental justice, indigenous people’s rights, and basic health and safety in communities of the East Bay threatened by the fossil fuel industry. See


 Original Event webpage:

This first-ever grassroots climate conference will feature activists and leading scientists addressing technical and political climate topics in the Bay Area and beyond.

Dirty Energy / Clean Solutions:
Climate Conference 2014

350 Bay Area • Sunflower Alliance • Sierra Club • Natural Resources Defense Council • Idle No More • Post Carbon Institute • Center for Biological Diversity • Global Exchange • Oil Change International • Asian Pacific Environmental Network • Clean Coalition • Communities for a Better Environment • Environment California • Food & Water Watch • Global Community Monitor • Local Clean Energy Alliance • Many More

See the Speakers and Agenda page for the current program information as we fill out the lineup for the conference. Biographies for all 30+ presenters are here.

Friday (7pm – 9:30pm): (San Francisco: Unitarian Universalist Church) The conference opens Friday evening, May 9th, with a keynote address by Professor Mark Jacobson of Stanford University on his science-based plan to get to 100% renewable energy by 2050. A panel of Bay Area activists will respond to Jacobson's plan from legislative, regulatory, and environmental justice perspectives.

Saturday (9am – 5pm): (Oakland: Laney College Forum, map) The second day of the conference features panels tackling urgent issues in the climate movement, including:

- Fracking and other extreme well stimulation in California

- Fossil fuel infrastructure expansions (crude by rail and coal exports)

- Clean energy solutions

Lunch is included on Saturday.

Sunday (10am – 3pm): (Oakland: Laney College, map) Workshops and trainings to strategize effective ways to stop the fossil fuel attack.

 The conference started on Friday, May 9th and runs through Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11th.  Hours are:

Fri: 7pm – 9:30pm
Sat: 9am – 5pm (Lunch included)
Sun: 10am – 3pm (Lunch available for purchase on-site)

Conference Logistics

Here's some helpful information on the logistics of the events.

SAT (9 am-5 pm) / SUN (10 am-3 pm): Laney College— 900 Fallon St. Oakland, CA,  is conveniently located next to the Lake Merritt BART station, so that is a great option. 

Parking is available in the Laney parking lot on East 8th Street for $2 for the day on Saturday.  There is a flea market there on Sunday, so the lot is not available then, but meters are not in effect so on-street parking is available in competition with the flea market shoppers.  Some free parking may be available in the BART parking lot on both Saturday and Sunday.  See map below:



Here is our current information on food and drink for Saturday & Sunday (subject to change):

SATURDAY (Lunch provided)
Morning snack:

Hardboiled eggs and fresh fruit: oranges/apples/bananas
plus juice and a limited selection of pastries (first-come, first served)


2 types of gluten-free chili (turkey or vegetarian),
cornbread, salad,
with carrot cake for dessert
Both the vegetarian and meat (turkey) chili will be gluten-free. There will be both traditional and gluten-free corn bread. 
1/3 of the cookies and carrot cake made with gluten-free flour.
NOTE: All items will be clearly labeled, to prevent any confusion.

Afternoon snack:

fresh fruit:oranges/apples/bananas
cookies - 1/3 of the cookies will be made with gluten-free flour.  

SUNDAY (Food not provided)

Tea and coffee will be available 10 - 3 on Sunday.

A food truck on Sunday will offer sandwiches, fruit and some dessert for sale. 4 possible types of sandwiches could be: ham; ham and cheese; roasted eggplant/pepper; tuna. 


350 Bay Area is co-sponsoring Dirty Energy / Clean Solutions with the Sunflower Alliance,  and over a dozen other organizations.

NOTE: RSVPing only puts you on the mailing list. You can purchase tickets at the door. See the prices above.


May 9-11, 2014
Friday: Unitarian Universalist Church SF; San/Sun: Laney College, Oakland
1187 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94109
United States
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