ClassACT focuses its work and service in three areas: Justice and Civic Engagement, Education, Health, and we are developing a fourth program area focused on the Environment.
We are highlighting a classmate, Sharon Tisher HR'73, who has done a great deal of environmental work. We've outlined one of her projects, a climate chronology, below. We have upcoming projects for this initiative as well, so stay tuned for updates.
If you would like to work with us on any of these endeavors, or you have questions about them, we invite you to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we respond promptly.
SHARON TISHER HR'73
After receiving her undergraduate degree from Harvard College, Sharon received her law degree from Harvard in 1977. She practiced as a trial lawyer in Connecticut and Boston for fifteen years, then returned to her home state of Maine in 1993 to become a college lecturer and to engage in a variety of non-profit and pro bono commitments. She has served as President of the Natural Resources Council of Maine and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. As a part time lecturer in the School of Economics and the Honors College at the University of Maine, she teaches environmental law and energy policy courses in the Ecology and Environmental Sciences program. She was trained in 2012 to give Al Gore's slide show on climate change, and has given it to over 1000 people in Maine.
A CLIMATE CHRONOLOGY
As a component of her work at the University, Sharon has developed as excellent chronology of major steps in addressing climate change.
Under development since 2012, this chronology, created by Sharon, has been a resource for students in her environmental law and climate policy courses. It is a 225-page searchable color-coded record of events in climate science, U.S. policy, and international policy, starting in 1824. It is updated every January.
Readers are welcome to send Sharon feedback and suggestions about potential funders for the interactive illustrated version. You can reach her at Sharon.email@example.com.
HALF-EARTH: CONSERVING BIODIVERSITY FROM THE DEEP SEA TO MT. EVERESTModerators Jesse H. Ausubel ‘73, Director of the Program for Human Environment at the Rockefeller University, and Dr. W. John Kress ‘73, Distinguished Scientist and Curator Emeritus at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, led a powerful discussion with three fellow classmates about the existential threats to biodiversity and the possible ways to preserve species and their habitats. The distinguished panel included Broughton Coburn '73, a Visiting Assistant Professor for Colorado College and an author and environmental conservationist who has helped to protect plants and wildlife on the Himalayan plain and in the valleys and mountains of Wyoming; Sharon S. Tisher '73, who for 27 years has taught environmental law and policy courses at the University of Maine while chairing boards for environmental non-profits like the National Resources Council of Maine and compiling a climate chronology; and Dr. Dean Wang '73, Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont, who has researched biogeochemistry and nutrient cycling as well as teaching about sustainability. Drawing inspiration from the late biologist E.O. Wilson’s concept of “Half Earth,” they explored ways to realize Wilson’s vision of protecting half of the Earth’s land and oceans in order to prevent the extinction of more species, champion biodiversity and save the planet.
CAN 21ST CENTURY CAPITALISM SOLVE SCHOOL FAILURE, CLIMATE CHANGE, AND INCOME INEQUALITY?Moderator Leigh Hafrey ’73, Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and former co-Master of Mather House, led a stirring discussion about imaginative ways that impact investing and partnerships between public and private investors can help remedy poverty, failing schools and the climate crisis. The distinguished panel included Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. ’73, the former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the former President and CEO of TIAA; Natasha Lamb, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Arjuna Capital; and Tracy Palandjian, CEO and Co-Founder of Social Finance and former Vice-Chair of the Harvard Board of Overseers.
CLIMATE CHANGE AND WATER CRISES: DROUGHT, FLOOD, CONTAMINATION...AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT
We bought together a panel of experts, moderated by Erum Sattar, Program Director of the Sustainable Water Management Program (SWM) at Tufts University, and including Andy Sawyer HR’73, Assistant Chief Counsel of the California State Water Resources Control Board, Jeff Hébert, President of HR&A, Kelsey Leonard, water scientist, legal scholar, policy expert, writer, and enrolled citizen of the Shinnecock Nation, and William Moomaw, Emeritus Professor of international environmental policy at Tufts University, to discuss these disparate and interrelated problems. Together, we aimed to attain greater understanding of the immense challenges to global and local water security and to begin to chart future actions.Learn more.