Plenary Panel Discussion
In the Face of Climate Change:
A Look at Impacts and Responses
To explore this pressing global issue, I2SL invited a college student from the Marshall Islands to share his family's story on being displaced by a rising ocean. I2SL also invited a CU Boulder climatologist to explain his findings on climate change. Together, these individuals joined several representatives from academia and industry empaneled to discuss the actions that their organizations are taking as a result of climate change, including the need to address the large footprint of laboratory research operations.
Read more about this panel discussion in the November 2019 Sustainability Scoop.
- Christopher Incarvito, Yale University
- Dana Etherington, Earth First Alliance
- David Gallaher, University of Colorado Boulder
- David Kang, University of Colorado Boulder
- Benetick Kabua Maddison, University of Arkansas for Medical Science
- Premnath Sundharam, DLR Group
Earth First Alliance
Dana Etherington is the lead engineer and founder of Earth First Alliance (EFA). EFA's mission is to leverage opportunities as practitioners to drive positive and sustainable change, build community, and to emphasize a planet first mindset. Dana is a senior engineer and practicing energy and sustainability specialist with more than 10 years of experience. He is a consistent leader of sustainable design and practices across all verticals within the buildings and sustainability industries. Dana's expertise includes strategic coaching for projects and business, performance benchmarking, LEED (and other green building certifications), high-tech building system optimization, dynamic whole building energy modeling, and CFD modeling. Dana has a Master's Degree in Energy Engineering, is a licensed Mechanical Engineer in several states, and holds many industry certifications.
University of Colorado Boulder
David Gallaher is a Senior Associate Scientist, Principle Investigator and Data Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), Cooperative Institute for Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado (CU), Boulder, CO.
David Gallaher has more than 30 years experience in Geosciences, IT technology and remote sensing. He is with the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado. He has served in a variety of remote sensing roles with NASA, DOE, DOD, NSF, state, local government and the private sector. He is currently developing "PolarCube" a low cost, passive microwave and visible light satellite to provide precipitation, temperature humidity, and related sea ice/ice-free ocean detection and mapping. Satellite should launch in early 2018.
He built an NSF funded "Green Data Center" prototype at NSIDC that reduced the power consumption for cooling by 91% and total energy by 70%. The project won many awards including Governors' sustainability award and the Uptime Institutes' data center retrofit award. This design has been used in many other facilities and countries and was recently adopted for the CU Space Sciences research computing facility.
In his role as Associate Provost for Science Initiatives at Yale University's West Campus, Dr. Incarvito leads development of research, faculty recruitment, campus expansion, sustainability, and has oversight for communications. He is responsible for the quality and creation of new research programming and facilities through collaborative work with faculty, directors, deans, department chairs, and other university leadership. He spearheads an ambitious program of laboratory modernization, delivering a significant expansion of Yale's science and engineering capacity. He manages strategic capital investments, deployment of high-value shared research instrumentation laboratories, and has built successful collaborations with global scientific research organizations.
University of Colorado Boulder
David Kang is the Vice Chancellor for Infrastructure and Sustainability and the Chief Facilities Officer at the University of Colorado Boulder where he manages more than 12 million square feet of facilities to support education and research. He is also responsible for overall campus sustainability and resiliency; Real Estate; and Environmental, Health, and Safety programs. Prior to CU Boulder, David was the Director of Project Management at the White House Military Office where he led several multi-million dollar, highly technical, classified facility programs/projects in support of the Continuity of the Presidency, White House Operations, Camp David, and other White House support facilities. He also served as the Director for Shore Energy for the Department of the Navy where he championed a culture of sustainability and led department-wide efforts to increase energy efficiency, increase use of renewable energy and integrate smart energy technologies on Naval installations throughout the world.
Benetick Kabua Maddison
University of Arkansas for Medical Science
Before moving to Arkansas' Ozark Mountains, Benetick Kabua Maddison and his family lived in the low-lying island nation of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Due to the high unemployment rate, limited opportunities and climate change, Benetick and his family moved to Springdale, Arkansas to start a new life in 2001 when Benetick was 6 years old.
Benetick graduated from Springdale High School and currently attends Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC); he has plans to pursue a degree in political science at the University of Arkansas. He works two part-time jobs: one as a Marshallese Community Health Worker at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a second as Project Specialist in the areas of Youth, Climate and Nuclear Issues at the Marshallese Educational Initiative, a local nonprofit.
Benetick recently joined the Citizens' Climate Lobby and leads the Marshallese College Student Association. He has years of experience working with his peers, younger Marshallese students, and their families on projects to increase retention rates in school and to promote Marshallese culture and history, as well as issues effecting his community and country.
As an architect with an engineering background Prem is a passionate advocate for sustainable design and the aims of Architecture 2030. An industry recognized thought leader on sustainability and high performance building design, Prem serves as the Global Sustainability Leader at DLR Group. In this role, he leads firm wide performance based design initiatives and develops long-term strategies for a more environmentally responsible design practice. Prem has been recognized as an emerging leader by the Design Futures Council in 2014.