An Evening with the Governator: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Environment

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All attendees must RSVP at bit.ly/GreenGovernatorUSC and validate their reservation by liking USC Environmental Student Assembly on Facebook or following @USCESA on Twitter or Instagram. Our RSVP form will open on Wednesday (2/25) at 11am and will remain open until we have reached our maximum amount of reservations. The event will take place on Monday, March 9th at 7:30 pm in Bovard Auditorium.

For a chance to WIN VIP SEATING and a MEET & GREET with Arnold Schwarzenegger, PUBLICLY share this event on Facebook and “Like” our pages: “USC Environmental Student Assembly” and “USC Speakers Committee.”

Please continue to check our pages for more updates regarding chances to WIN a SIGNED POSTER, VIP SEATING, or a MEET & GREET with Mr. Universe, himself.

**All winners will be announced at 11 pm on Sunday, March 8th.**

This event will only be open to USC students. Attendees with confirmed reservations may pick up their ticket on the night of the event beginning at 6:30pm in front of Bovard Auditorium. In order to claim your ticket, please bring your USC ID and ensure that the information is the same as provided during the RSVP process. Tickets will be distributed at the event check-in on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 7pm and there will be general admission seating in the orchestra section. Please arrive at least ten minutes early. Tickets not picked up by 7:20 p.m. may be distributed to a standby list.

Please note that you will receive an email confirmation when you RSVP and a final reminder email prior to the event.

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USC Environmental Student Assembly, USC Speakers Committee, and USC Schwarzenegger Institute are pleased to welcome the Governator as he speaks about the importance of environmental action on USC’s campus. Along with his long list of accomplishments – from winning Mr. Universe to gaining worldwide fame through box office hits such as Total Recall, Conan the Barbarian, and The Terminator Franchise – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has served two terms as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 to 2011. During his time in office, he worked to improve California’s budget, promote new business, and protect the environment.

Arnold Schwarzenegger made huge strides to address issues of the environment during his time in office by signing a bill for the nation’s first cap on greenhouse gas emissions in 2006. Through the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, he also signed a second bill that prohibits large utilities and corporations in California from making long-term contracts with suppliers who don’t meet the state’s greenhouse gas emission standards. In 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger led states, automakers, and the federal government reached an agreement to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles, which will lead to a new national standard by 2016. He has also created various conservation areas for oceans and rivers to reduce pollution and increase research and resource protection. He has shown personal commitment to the environment by installing solar panels in his home and adapting his Hummers to run on hydrogen and biofuels.

In 2009, Arnold was awarded the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award by the National Park Trust for his leadership and innovation in the protection of public lands in California and for his life-long commitment to children’s health and to connecting them with the outdoors. USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy was founded under the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy to advance post-partisanship in finding solutions to the serious challenges we face today. In 2011, he founded the R20: Regions of Climate Action to help sub-national governments implement low-carbon and climate-resilient projects for renewable energy and energy efficiency. He’s back… at USC to share his thoughts on the importance of environmental action on campus.

#ECOTALKS: A Conversation with Terry Tamminen

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Join USC Environmental Student Assembly and USC Schwarzenegger Institute at our second #ECOTALKS, a series of Exclusive Roundtable Discussions with Environmental Leaders. We will be hosting an intimate roundtable discussion with Terry Tamminen (former California EPA Secretary) on February 23rd from 6:30-8pm. Dinner will be provided.

The application can be found at:
https://uscesa.typeform.com/to/IFCTKH and will remain open until 2/19/15.

Applicants must have liked our FB page.

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Terry Tamminen is the Former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, the President of Seventh Generation Advisors, and the R20 Regions of Action Founding Chair’s Strategic Advisor.

He was appointed as the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency in November 2003 and was later appointed Cabinet Secretary, the Chief Policy Advisor to Governor Schwarzenegger. During his service in state government, Terry was the architect of many groundbreaking sustainability policies, including the Hydrogen Highway Network, the Million Solar Roofs initiative, and California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

Tamminen founded the non-profit organization Seventh Generation Advisors to help other states and world governments adopt clean energy and sustainability polices based on California’s successes. In 2011, he was appointed as the R20 Founding Chair’s Strategic Advisor. As the Founding Chair’s Strategic Advisor, Terry is advising the R20 on policy and helping with the design and implementation of climate resilient economic development projects. Terry Tamminen was named Vanity Fair’s May 2007 Environmental Hero and in TIME Magazine’s 2007 Earthday edition, he was featured in the “51 Things We Can Do” section. In 2008, The Guardian ranked Terry No. 1 in its “Top 50 People Who Can Save the Planet.”

Spring In: Environmental Student Forum

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Alone we can move boulders, but together we can move mountains!

Join USC Environmental Student Assembly, USC Sustainability, USC Environmental Studies Department, and USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies on Wednesday, February 18, at 6:00 pm in TCC 450 for our first forum to engage the USC Green Student Community in our initiatives moving forward! The purpose of this meeting is to gauge student interest in our programs and to brainstorm ways our four groups can work together to make our projects more successful.

The format of the forum will be as follows:
1) Food and mingling
2) Brief presentations from each group
3) Overview of current relationships
4) Open discussion on ways we can move forward together!

Everyone is welcome!! We want to hear from you! Please attend to share your thoughts on how our groups can work together to address sustainability and environmentalism at USC. We will be providing FREE Jimmy John’s for attendees.

#ECOTALKS: A Converstation with Ed Begley, Jr.

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Join USC Environmental Student Assembly and USC Schwarzenegger Institute at our first ever #ECOTALKS, a series of Exclusive Roundtable Discussions with Environmental Leaders. We will be hosting an intimate roundtable discussion with Ed Begley, Jr. on January 26th from 6:30-8pm at the USC Schwarzenegger Institute. Dinner will be provided.

The application can be found at: https://uscesa.typeform.com/to/B2PZCg and will remain open until 1/18/15

Applicants must have liked our FB page.

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Renowned actor and environmentalist, Ed Begley Jr. has been an environmental leader in the Hollywood community for many years. He serves on the boards of the Coalition for Clean Air, the Theoreau Institute, and on the advisory board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, among many others.

His work in the environmental community has earned him a number of awards from some of the most prestigious environmental groups in the nation, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Baykeeper, and the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation.

As an actor, he has been in numerous television shows and movies, such as Arrested Development, CSI: Miami, and Pineapple Express. He has also received 6 consecutive Emmy nominations for his work in the television series, “St. Elsewhere.” More recently he and his wife starred in the TV series, “Living with Ed” about his quest to live life with a small carbon footprint. Currently, Begley Jr. stars in his own web series, “On Begley Street,” to explore sustainable living and balancing comfort with consumption as they attempt to build their home under LEED Platinum Certified standards. See http://onbegleystreet.com/ for more information.

Change the Course Competition Results!

FINAL SCORE: USC: 1,141 / UCLA: 1,223
Congratulations to UCLA!

Thank you to all who participated in the Change the Course Competition vs UCLA. USC was able to help restore 1,141,000 gallons of water back into the Colorado River with 1,141 pledges to reduce water consumption, and we collectively accumulated 2,364 pledges to reduce water consumption and have restored 2,364,000 gallons total. In the end, we only lost by 82 points, but the difference we were able to make was a victory in itself!

BEAT UCLA!!

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USC Environmental Student Assembly has partnered with UCLA to host a competition during rivalry week to raise awareness about water conservation!

Change the Course is an amazing pledging campaign that works with sponsors and local policy makers, industries and farmers to help put water back into the Colorado River. They do this by promoting more sustainable practices that reduce water consumption. They can only do this by having your support and the countless other people that care about water conservation.

All you have to do is text TROJANS to 77177 to make your own simple pledge and restore 1000 gallons of water back into the Colorado River!!

Share with your classmates, friends, family, whomever, and let’s BEAT THE BRUINS!!!

For more information, check out their website!