DiCaprio Foundation Chief Comes to Pasadena for Earth Day Today

Published : Monday, April 22, 2019 | 4:55 AM

Terry Tamminen

A prime mover behind California’s approach to addressing greenhouse gas emissions, former California Environmental Protection Agency secretary Terry Tamminen, will give Caltech Earth Day Lecture in Pasadena, April 22.

Tamminen will be speaking in his capacity as chief executive officer of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF). His talk is part of the Chen-Huang Sustainability Series Lecture which is presented by the Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech.

According to spokesman Neil Fromer, the Institute provides early-stage seed research funding for Caltech projects that have a direct connection future global scale impacts in, energy, water or other natural resources we consume and use.

It was during Tamminen’s time as head of CalEPA that a rare display of bipartisan comity between then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (D), produced AB 32 which, among other things, directed the California Air Resources Board to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the state to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

Tamminen is considered one of the landmark law’s architects, the practical implementation of which he also wielded an instrumental hand.

Beyond GHG emissions, he helped craft the state’s Hydrogen Highway Network and the Million Solar Roofs initiative.

That was in the mid-2000s. With the benefit of hindsight, Tamminen’s talk will examine the wins and losses associated with those policies designed to create a more sustainable state economy.

The talk is entitled, “The California Experience Goes Global.”

As is the case in many fields, California’s first-of-a-kind approach to “cap-and-trade” markets and other novelties became models around the world for governments and nongovernmental organizations interested in development green economies.

The Chen Hong Sustainability Serious Series, said Fromer, is to bring speakers to Caltech with a background in policy or in business related to renewable energy and sustainability and provide context for both researchers and technology guest from the lab out in the real world.

“Terry has a long background under the Schwarzenegger administration, of really pushing California to get going on a lot of the groundbreaking renewable energy standards that the state has set over the last two decades,” said Fromer.

He noted that, after leaving government service, Tamminen worked in the private sector promoting the same agenda, “looking at how we can advance technology and policy to improve the chances for a more sustainable future, and protection of the environment, within the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation.”

DeCaprio, a universally known, Oscar-winning actor established his foundation in 1998. According to its website, the outfit’s mission is “protecting the world’s last wild places. LDF implements solutions that help restore balance to threatened ecosystems, ensuring the long-term health and well-being of all Earth’s inhabitants.”

Caltech Earth Day Lecture: The California Experience Goes Global with Terry Tamminen, CEO Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Monday, April 22, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The talk is free and sponsored Caltech’s Resnick Institute. For more information call: 626-395-5956Or or resnick.caltech.edu/events.php

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