HSU Alum, Researcher Discuss Renewable Energy in Humboldt County

HSU Alumnus Matthew Marshall will join Schatz Energy Research Center Engineer Jim Zoellick Sept. 20 to discuss renewable energy use in Humboldt County.

Marshall and Zoellick will present findings from “RePowering Humboldt,” a multi-year study conducted by Schatz, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority, and the Pacific Gas & Electric Company to explore local, renewable energy alternatives on the North Coast. Zoellick is also featured in this week’s HS Now story on a study examining the broadscale adoption of electric vehicles in Humboldt County. For more on that story, click here.

The lecture is part of HSU’s Sustainable Futures Speakers Series, sponsored by the Schatz Energy Research Center and Humboldt State’s Environment & Community Graduate Program.

The free Thursday evening lectures aim to promote interdisciplinary discussion on issues related to energy, the environment and society. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend.

All lectures take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Building, Room 166 unless otherwise noted.

Video recordings are available for check-out from the HSU Library. Lectures can also be viewed online through Humboldt Digital Scholar. For a full list of speakers, click here.


Upcoming Speakers:

September 20

Matthew Marshall and Jim Zoellick present “RePowering Humboldt: A Strategic Plan to Scale Up Renewable Energy Use in Humboldt County”

Marshall is the Executive Director of the Redwood Coast Energy Authority. Over the last 12 years, he has been involved in a variety of energy and sustainable development planning, policy, and implementation endeavors. Most recently, he served as the greenhouse gas reduction program administrator for the city and county of Denver, where he was responsible for developing and managing greenhouse gas reduction projects and community partnerships in support of Denver’s Climate Action Plan. A graduate of Humboldt State University, Marshall’s work on innovative sustainable energy efforts has been recognized and honored by the National Hydrogen Association, the U.S. Department of Energy, the California Hydrogen Business Council, the American Lung Association, and the United States Congress.


Zoellick is a Senior Research Engineer at the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University. He has worked in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency for the last 22 years. He is currently conducting planning studies for renewable energy development and electric vehicle deployment in northern California communities.

October 4

Andrea Tuttle presents “What’s Next for AB32? California’s Efforts to Implement the Global Warming Solutions Act”

Tuttle is a former director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and is now a consultant in forest and climate policy. She has attended the past five COPs (Conference of the Parties) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and will again be an observer at this year’s COP in Doha, Qatar. She tracks the mechanism known as REDD+, aimed at reducing emissions from loss of tropical forests. Tuttle is also a board member for The Pacific Forest Trust, a think-tank NGO that helped pioneer the California Forest Protocols, and has kept thousands of acres of privately owned forests in sustainable production and prevented conversion to non-forest use.

Tuttle previously taught Natural Resources at Humboldt State University and has served on the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and the California Coastal Commission. Her Ph.D. is in Environmental Planning from UC Berkeley.

October 11

Corey Johnson presents “Geopolitics of Overconsumption”

Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His research and teaching areas include the political geography of Europe and Eurasia, borders and border security, natural resources and energy geopolitics, and Germany. In 2011-12 he was the Joachim Herz Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington, D.C., where he worked on a international collaborative report entitled “The Global Resource Nexus: The Struggles for Land, Energy, Food, Water, and Minerals.” Originally from Emporia, Kansas, Corey holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Oregon and a B.A. in geography and German from the University of Kansas.