The Brown Bag Lecture Series

The Brown Bag Lecture Series is sponsored and coordinated by RecycleWorks to give individuals an opportunity to learn more about environmental issues. These lectures take place once a month, during the week from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, at our County Offices in Redwood City. Topics range from Climate Change to Green Building Concepts.

The Winter and Spring 2006 Brown Bag Lecture Series has ended. If you are interested in our past lectures, you can view information below or click here. RecycleWorks is currently working on our next Brown Bag Lecture Series and will post the lectures once they are scheduled.

Past Brown Bag Lectures

  • January 31, 2006: Climate Change - Models, Predictions, and Consequences.
    250 years into the industrial age, burning fossil fuels to supply energy for transportation, electricity, and heating has led to a significant rise in atmospheric CO2. Robert Cormia, Professor at Foothill De Anza Colleges will review predicted future CO2 levels and resulting warming of the planet, and discuss consequences of current and future warming on polar ice caps, ocean heat circulation, and extreme weather events. He'll close his talk with actions that we can take to avert such a crisis. To view this presentation click here.

  • February 22, 2006: Simple Steps to Improving Indoor Environmental Quality
    The average American spends 80-90 percent of their time indoors. Although it is often assumed that our homes are the safest places to be, the pollution inside the typical American home is two to five times worse than air outdoors. The Environmental Protection Agency lists indoor air pollution as one of the top five most-serious environmental risks to public health. Dianne Anderson and Susan Hiestand from San Mateo County will present simple ways to improve your indoor environment. To view this presentation click here.

  • March 28, 2006: High Performance "Green" Building - What's the Difference?
    *Note: This lecture will be held in the Board Chambers at 400 County Center (Hall of Justice and Records). Allow a few extra minutes for the security entrance.
    Bruce King, Founder and Director of Ecological Building Network will take a look at better ways of doing what we already do, based on recent advances in understanding building science and moisture problems. He will cover a broad range of alternative materials and methods, from natural building such as straw bale and adobe, to manufactured and industrial products such as insulating concrete forms (ICF's), structural insulated panels (SIP's), fly ash and other alternative concrete binders, alternative energy and water resources, and other trends in the marketplace.

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  • April 18, 2006: Building and Decorating the Green Way
    Jon Heffner, Showroom Manager and Laura Schlarb, Sales Associate from Eco Design Resources will be on hand to present green alternatives to building supplies, surface finishes, and interior design. Eco Design Resources is a retail showroom intended to bridge the gap between manufactures of these high quality products and the customers, designers and homeowners who demand a more sustainable future. They will cover options for cabinetry, counter tops, wall finishes, tiles, carpets and bedding.

  • May 23, 2006: Renewable Energy: A Focus on Solar
    Darren Bouton, Senior Program Engineer at PG&E's the Pacific Energy Center will speak about Solar Electricity and its applications in businesses and homes. The talk will address physically and financially appropriate applications, reducing energy costs, and current financial incentives that make projects cost effective. To view this presentation click here.