Mathis Wackernagle, Global Footprint Network, Oakland, CA
Mathis Wackernagel, Ph.D., is Executive Director of Global Footprint Network, the NGO highlighted in the eighth Ecocity World Summit 2008 Update. Mathis is co-creator of the Ecological Footprint, has worked on sustainability issues for organizations in Europe, Latin America, North America, Asia and Australia, and has lectured internationally. Mathis previously directed the Centre for Sustainability Studies / Centro de Estudios para la Sustentabilidad in Mexico. He has authored or contributed to over fifty peer-reviewed papers, numerous articles and reports. His recent books include Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth, Sharing Nature’s Interest, and WWF International’s Living Planet Report.
Born in Turin, Italy on June 21, 1919, Paolo Soleri was awarded his Ph.D. with highest honors in architecture from the Torino Polytechnico in 1946. He came to the United States in 1947 on a fellowship with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West in Arizona, and at Taliesin East in Wisconsin. His major project is Arcosanti, a prototype town for 5,000 people, under construction since 1970. Located at Cordes Junction, in central Arizona, the project is based on Soleri’s concept of “Arcology,” architecture coherent with ecology. His proposed cities would be for people on foot, not designed around automobiles, compact and three-dimensional, not two-dimensional, that is, not flat and scattered over large distances. Arcology advocates cities designed to maximize the interaction and accessibility associated with an urban environment; minimize the use of energy, raw materials and land, reducing waste and environmental pollution; and allow interaction with the surrounding natural environment.
Stephen H. Schneider, Climatologist, Stanford University
Stephen Schneider is the Stanford University Melvin and Joan Lane professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, co-director at Stanford’s Center for Environmental Science and Policy, and professor by courtesy in the Department of Civil Engineering. Schneider’s current global change research interests include food/climate and other environmental/science public policy issues; ecological and economic implications of climatic change; integrated assessment of global change; climatic modeling of paleoclimates and of human impacts on climate, e.g., carbon dioxide “greenhouse effect” and environmental consequences of nuclear war. In 1998, he became a foreign member of the Academia Europaea, Earth and Cosmic Sciences Section. He was elected Chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Section on Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences (1999-2001). He was a member of the scientific staff of National Center for Atmospheric Research from 1973-1996, where he co-founded the Climate Project.
Marcia McNutt is currently CEO of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, California. She strategically shifted the institution toward long-term financial stability for support of long-term sometimes high-risk science projects. Marcia has been a real Renaissance leader in geophysics and oceanography. Past field research has taken her across the continents and oceans for many institutions including Scripps and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institutes, Harvard, MIT and Stanford. She has studied continental break-up in the Western US, uplift of the Tibet Plateau and ocean island volcanism in French Polynesia. She is now among the most informed in the world on the state of the oceans.