We are honored to have gathered a distinguished group of professionals and activist for the panel discussion following the film presentation.
Kit Stolz - Journalist
Kit has been reporting on science, the environment, health, and a variety of other topics in and around Ventura County for nearly twenty years. He won a Climate Action award in 2012 from the Ventura County Board of Supervisors for his reporting on climate issues, and a Best Investigative Reporting award, in 2015 from the California Newspapers Publishers Association for his story on “The Hazardous Truth,” about the explosion in November 2014 at Santa Clara Waste Water in Santa Paula.
Inland Empire Utility Agency - Senior Environmental Resources Planner
Tom has 30 years of experience in the fields of water use efficiency, public education and horticulture. As a horticulturist and water conservation specialist from the University of California, he was the University liaison to water agencies in southern California starting in 1987. Tom was instrumental in the design and implementation of the first water budget tiered rate structure for water agencies (IRWD, 1991). Tom has advised the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the State of Utah, the California Water Resources Control Board, water authorities in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Australia on water budgets and water rates, and was an advisor to the US Drought Policy Task Force in 2003.
Tom is the author of Landscape Management for Water Savings (1998, USBR, MWD, DWR), A Guide to High Desert Landscaping (1991, Mojave Water Agency), Water Preparedness Plan (2004, National Landscape Association), Water Pricing Experiences & Innovations (UC Press/Springer, 2015).
Surfrider Foundation - Ventura Campaign Coordinator
Paul has worked since 1994 to protect and restore the Ventura River Watershed and beaches where he lives. In addition to his contribution to the restoration of Surfers Point in Ventura and the ongoing effort to decommission Matilija Dam, he is also a founding member of the Ventura River Watershed Council. Paul's work focuses on ecosystem-based solutions to water and watershed management, and he envisions a future where we work with nature as a model sustainable community. .
Director, California Center for Sustainable Communities
Conducting Science for the Public Interest
Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Professor Pincetl does research on cities, how they impact resources far and near such as water sources and ecosystems, and how those resources are used in cities, where, by whom, and to do what.
She has created the first ever interactive energy web atlas that describes building energy use in Los Angeles County (www.energyatlas.ucla.edu). Buildings account for 40% of urban GHGs and the Atlas shows the relationships between building age, size, use with energy consumption, as well as energy use and sociodemographic characteristics in the residential sector. Her other main project is to understand the water system of Los Angeles County that has over 100 different water delivering agencies and 7 adjudicated groundwater basins. Pincetl assembles interdisciplinary teams of researchers to conduct work: ecologists, engineers, and hydrologists.
Dr. Pincetl has a PhD in Urban Planning from UCLA, a Masters in Cultural Anthropology from UC Davis, and an undergraduate interdisciplinary degree in Land Ethics, an independent major she created while at UC Davis. She is the author of nearly 100 peer reviewed papers, and book chapters and is the co-lead of the urban chapter of the Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report to be published in early 2017. She currently serves on the Board of the Theodore Payne Foundation.