Michael P. Totten, “Prosperity through Zero-Emissions Energy Economy”

28 Jan 2016 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Michael Totten ’72 has been a warrior for alternative energy and sustainability for four decades. During that time, he served as Executive Director of President Carter’s Clearinghouse for Community Energy Efficiency and, as Senior Advisor to Congresswoman Claudine Schneider, authored the landmark Global Warming Prevention Act of 1989.

In the 90s, Totten pioneered the use of digital interactive media and the Internet for promoting ecologically sustainable economic development, while also co-leading the World Bank’s first financed large-scale energy-efficiency project in Mexico. He has been Conservation International’s Chief Advisor on green and clean technologies and policies and currently is Senior Energy Advisor for the Green Sports Alliance. Clients of his consulting services include the WWF, the National Hockey League, and Pearl Jam, and he was recently a Senior Fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute. Totten is lead co-author of the book A Climate for Life, Meeting the Global Challenge, and interdisciplinary perspective on preventing catastrophic climate change and human-triggered species extinction and on ending poverty while greening robust economic growth. Totten has offered more than 1500 presentations, seminars , and workshops as well as produced scores of publications. With emphasis on solutions, his talk “Prosperity and Well-Being through Pursuit of a Zero-Emissions Energy Economy” will draw upon his in-progress web-accessible book on prosperously phasing out emissions.

Thursday, January 28, 6-8:00 pm

Alliance Building, 1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver

Beverages available at Marley Coffee/Bar; snacks provided

Fee: $5

Make ckecks payable to Colorado Yale Association, P.O.Box 911, Denver, CO 80201

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Doug & Janet Schofield: Bhutan “…the Land of Gross National Happiness”

24 Jan 2016 | 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Doug Schofield ’67 and Janet Schofield will give a talk “Treading a New Path in a Remote Land: Education in the Land of Gross National Happiness.” The Schofields have spent nearly seven years in Bhutan, first helping to start and subsequently helping to run Bhutan’s first private college. They will describe this remote Himalayan kingdom and its fascinating culture and some of their experiences there (including Thanksgiving brunch with the king and being adopted by a baby yak) and then provide an introduction to the challenges and accomplishments of Bhutan’s rapidly changing educational system. If you are considering a trip to Bhutan or just want to know more about this Buddhist country, which gave birth to the philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH) and which has environmental protection clauses in its constitution, please join us. There will be refreshments and plenty of time for questions and discussion.


Boulder Public Library, Boulder Creek Meeting Room, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue

Sunday, January 24, 2-5:00 pm (room is booked til 5:00)


Talk and Q&A with Richard Martin ’80, author of “Coal Wars. The Future of Energy and the Fate of the Planet”

11 Nov 2015 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Resident of Boulder, Richard Martin (Silliman ’80) is energy editor of MIT Technology Review, contributing editor for Wired, feature writer for Fortune, and energy blogger for His book SuperFuel is a well-researched consideration of thorium as a safer, cleaner, and more abundant fuel source than uranium. His newly published, widely reviewed Coal Wars. The Future of Energy and the Fate of the Planet is an important contribution to understanding the consequences of our dependency and of the industry’s decline. Traveling to coal country in the U.S. and China, Martin draws a complex portrait of the industry’s impact on miners’ lives and livelihoods and on coal-energy production on carbon emissions: “This is not a book of policy nor polemic on the evils of coal. It’a a narrative on the front lines. Crafted as a series of journeys…” After a summary presentation of Coal Wars, Martin will open his talk to Q&A when lively discussion should ensue. This event should be of interest to energy and sustainability specialists as well as to the general public.

The location is the event space of the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado Building near Union Station in LoDo. The historic building is an award-winning facility and leader in sustainable design.

Tickets are $5.00 payable through PayPal or by check made out to Colorado Yale Association and mailed to P.O. Box 911, Denver, Colorado, 80201.

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Museum of Nature & Science, Behind-the-Scenes with Ian Miller, Yale PhD ’07

28 Oct 2015 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Ian Miller, Yale PhD in Geology and Geophysics ’07, will take us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, where he is department chair of Earth Sciences and Curator of Paleontology. Miller was responsible for sending the team to investigate the mastodon bones unearthed in Snowpass in 2010. He is part of the team investigating the plant and animal fossil record of the Kaiparowits Plateau of the Grand Staircase in the Escalante National Monument (“Utah’s ‘Grand Staircase’ Leads Back in Time to Dinosaur Shangri-La,” New York Times, July 20,  2015).

Wednesday October 28, begins at 5:00 pm. Group is limited to 15.
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Financial Life after Yale

19 Aug 2015 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Stephen B. Blum, Branford College Resident Fellow, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives of AYA, cofounder of STAY (Students and Alumni of Yale), president of the Yale Fencing Association.

Sharpen your financial literacy in a session with CPA and investment banker Steve Blum, Branford ’74. Known for his high energy, one-time Yale fencing captain Blum enlivens such subjects as budgeting, saving/investing, tax basics, credit scores, dealing with debt, use of cash vs. credit cards vs. debit cards, and financial rules of thumb.

Seating will be limited. So sign up soon for the event with this sought-after teacher of life skills for Yale students and financial savvy for our alumni groups across the country. Free food and friendly conversation.

Wednesday, August 19, 5:30-7:30 pm

Location: Marco’s Coal Fired Pizzeria, 2129 Larimer Street, Denver