Island Press Events


Daniel Sperling at the Avid Reader

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 7:30pm PDT

The Avid Reader
617 2nd St.
Davis, CA 95616
United States

We're happy to welcome back UC Davis Professor - and transportation expert - Daniel Sperling for a presentation of his fascinating on book on vehicles of the future, Three Revolutions on Thursday, April 26th at 7:30 p.m. 

Transportation is on the cusp of revolutionary change. With electric, automated, and shared vehicles no longer imaginings of a distant future, we have the potential to create a dream transportation system: one that reduces traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, increases accessibility and affordability, and creates healthier, more livable cities. But this scenario is not guaranteed. How we guide these transportation revolutions will determine if they change our lives and communities for the better—or for the worse.

In Three Revolutions, Daniel Sperling and his coauthors share timely guidance and make policy recommendations to steer these revolutions toward a sustainable, livable, and equitable future. As ridesharing services like UberPool and Lyft Line gain popularity, electric vehicle technology advances, and automated vehicles are tested on streets around the world, Sperling offers research-based insights on the potential impacts of the three revolutions and the need to consider the revolutions together.

Sperling and his coauthors acknowledge the potential for the three revolutions to increase urban sprawl and widen the gap between haves and have-nots, yet Sperling remains optimistic. As he writes, “We can be ostriches with buried heads and hope that disinterest, disengagement, and the normal workings of the marketplace will somehow turn out well. Or we can apply our best thinking to harness vehicle electrification, mobility sharing, and automation to create better cities, a livable planet, and a future that serves us all.”

This book is for anyone who cares about transportation, cities, the environment, and the social well-being of our communities.

Daniel Sperling is founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis and co-director of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation at UC Davis. He is a distinguished professor of civil and environmental engineering and environmental science and policy at UC Davis, and is a member of the influential California Air Resources Board. Other collaborators include: Anne Brown, Robin Chase, Michael J. Dunne, Steven E. Polzin, Susan Shaheen, Brian D. Taylor, and Levi Tillemann. 

Mary Beth Pfeiffer at Northshire Bookstore

Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 3:00pm EDT

Northshire Bookstore
424 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
United States

Mary Beth Pfeiffer at Northshire Bookstore

Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change

Event date: Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 3:00pm

Event address: 
424 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Join us for a conversation with author and investigative reporter Mary Beth Pfeiffer.

Lyme disease is spreading rapidly around the globe as ticks move into places they could not survive before. The first epidemic to emerge in the era of climate change, the disease infects half a million people in the US and Europe each year, and untold multitudes in Canada, China, Russia, and Australia.

Mary Beth Pfeiffer shows how we have contributed to this growing menace, and how modern medicine has underestimated its danger. She tells the heart-rending stories of families destroyed by a single tick bite, of children disabled, and of one woman's tragic choice after an exhaustive search for a cure.

Pfeiffer also warns of the emergence of other tick-borne illnesses that make Lyme more difficult to treat and pose their own grave risks. Lyme is an impeccably researched account of an enigmatic disease, making a powerful case for action to fight ticks, heal patients, and recognize humanity's role in a modern scourge.

Security and Sustainability Forum Energy Democracy Webinar

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 1:15pm EDT

Join SSF and Island Press in this 90-minute webinar about the emerging field of energy democracy, a movement that frames the struggle of low income communities and communities of color to take control of energy resources and use those resources to empower their communities.

Meet the Panelists:

The webinar will be led by Denise Fairchild, the inaugural president of the Emerald Cities Collaborative, and a co-editor of Energy Democracy. Denise has dedicated over 30 years to strengthening housing, jobs, businesses, and economic opportunities for low-income residents and communities of color, domestically and internationally.

Ashura Lewis is Communications Manager at One Voice, and contributed to the Energy Democracy chapter on "Organizing Energy Democracy in Rural Electric Cooperatives" in Energy Democracy.

Vivian Yi Huang is Campaign and Organizing Director at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network and contributed to the Energy Democracy chapter on "Base-Building and Leadership Development for Energy Democracy: APEN's Work in East Bay Asian Immigrant and Refugee Communities."

Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases: 3rd Rocky Mountain Forum

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 11:15am EDT

PACE Center
20000 Pikes Peak Ave
Parker, CO 80138
United States

This year COTBDAA will be holding the 3rd Annual Rocky Mountain Forum at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events (PACE) Center in Parker, Colorado.  The Forum will run from 8 am-5 pm and includes Mary Beth Pfeiffer at 11:20, giving a talk on her new book Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change

Though attendance at the Forum is always FREE, we are requesting that participants pre-register so that we may best plan for the comfort and experience of everyone. If you would like a lunch provided to you at the Forum, you will then be directed to a page for advance payment.