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Stephen and Marylyn Pauley Seminars in Sustainability

    What are the seminars?
    The University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program periodically hosts speakers of the highest distinction through invitations to present a Stephen and Marylyn Pauley Seminar in Sustainability. The University’s most prestigious seminar series honors the Edwin W. Pauley Foundation’s significant support of the University of Hawai‘i, Dr. Stephen Pauley’s remarkable individual sustainability efforts, and Mrs. Marylyn Pauley’s national and visionary leadership in higher education.

    The stature and excitement surrounding the seminars often stimulate associated events such as workshops, legislative hearings, and other activities. Developed and customized for each seminar, these associated activities offer opportunities for in-depth participation of individuals and organizations leading to direct action.

    Who are the speakers?
    Seminar speakers are individuals with extraordinary achievement and vision in their respective fields and who have demonstrated an ongoing passion to connect scholarship to application for the betterment of humankind. The most recent speaker holds a Nobel Laureate in Economics.

    Seminar topics are diverse with academic, social, cultural, economic, and environmental importance and have included medicine and human health, architecture, community design and energy independence, and climate change, among other topics.

    When do the seminars occur?
    Seminars are only offered when a particularly significant, timely, and critical issue and notable speaker is identified. Four seminars have been hosted to date in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2012.

    Where are the seminars held?
    The seminars are well-publicized, public events held on the University’s flagship Mānoa campus and draw standing-room-only audiences from all sectors of the community both within and outside the university.

    Who hosts the seminars?
    The seminars are co-hosted by the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), the University of Hawai‘i Foundation, and supporting partners with additional funding from community contributions. 

    Dr. and Mrs. Pauley are special guests of the seminars providing an opportunity to recognize Dr. Pauley’s service as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program and Mrs. Pauley’s service on the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant Advisory Council as well as the philanthropy of the Edwin W. Pauley Foundation.

    Recent Stephen and Marylyn Pauley Seminar in Sustainability


    April 15, 2014

    Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore

    Vice President Gore, known for his visionary leadership and decades of work on reducing the harmful impacts of climate change. He will be sharing his insights on renewable energy, sustainable energy and water use, and the impacts of human practice and climate change on the essential resources and how they relate to Hawai‘i.

    This free seminar was co-hosted by the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Chancellor’s Office, and the University of Hawai‘i Foundation. It was held at the Stan Sheriff Center where nearly 7000 people attended.

    WHAT: Stephen and Marylyn Pauley Seminar in Sustainability presented by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore

    WHERE: Stan Sheriff Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

    WHEN: April 15 at 7:00 p.m.

    Click HERE to read the press release.
    Click HERE to watch the coverage.

    Previous Stephen and Marylyn Pauley Seminars in Sustainability


    October 20, 2004

    Stephen Pauley, MD, FACS

    Light Pollution: How Outdoor Lighting Affects Our Quality of Life, Our Health, and the Health of Our Environment

    After a career as a physician and surgeon, including providing surgical care to children in Ecuador via the non-profit Operación Esperanza, Dr. Pauley has applied his intellect in support of one of his core values, promoting the development and adoption of sustainable practices. His passions include reducing light pollution through the dark sky movement, restoring salmon runs to the rivers of the American West and scholarship on environmental and human health. He is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program.

    View the poster HERE

    November 2, 2006

    Richard Jackson, MD, MPH

    Moving from Planning to Practice: Next Steps for Livable Communities

    Richard J Jackson is Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. A pediatrician, he has served in many leadership positions in both environmental health and infectious disease with the California Health Department, including the highest, State Health Officer. For nine years he was Director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta and received the Presidential Distinguished Service award.

    View the poster HERE

    October 8, 2008

    Edward Mazria, Founder & CEO, Architecture 2030

    Now, it's Personal...

    Founder of Architecture 2030, a non-profit, non-partisan, independent organization established in 2002 in response to the global warming crisis. Architecture 2030 seeks transformation of the building sector from a greenhouse gas emissions giant to a central part of the solution to global warming by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed, and constructed. An internationally recognized architect, Mr. Mazria is the recipient of numerous awards including the AIA Design Innovation Award, Commercial Building Awards from the U.S. Department of Energy, and “Pioneer Award” from the American Solar Energy Society. Author of numerous published works including The Passive Solar Energy Book.

    View the poster HERE

    March 13, 2012

    Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate

    Where Long-Term and Short-Term Goals Converge: Using Sustainability As An Impetus for Economic Growth

    Nobel Laureate – 2001 Nobel Prize in economics and Professor at Columbia University. Professor Stiglitz previously served as Chairman on the Council of Economic Advisers for President Clinton and as Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for the World Bank. He continues to advise the Obama Administration, as well as the governments of other countries. Author of numerous New York Times best sellers, including his 2010 book Freefall: America, Free Markets and the Sinking of the World Economy.

    View the poster HERE

    Watch the presentation HERE