About HPU


Presidential Lecture Series on
Global Leadership and Sustainability

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez

"The Mouse that Roared: Costa Rica Paradigm Shift on the Road Toward Sustainable Development"
Carlos Manuel Rodriguez

Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 5:30 p.m
Aloha Tower Marketplace, Multi Purpose Room 3

Rodriguez understands the political preconditions necessary for successful implementation of PES systems that benefit local communities. As the Minister of Environment, he managed to curb logging and deforestation trends to achieve a national net growth of forested areas through natural regeneration and reforestation. He is also internationally recognized for promoting the concept of identifying and capturing the economic value of standing forests within protected areas, private forests and Indian reserves. This approach provides local communities with economic incentives to act as stewards of nature’s bounty, providing an attractive alternative to selling mineral and timber rights for short-term gain. This strategy has helped Costa Rica conserve ecosystems that would likely have been pillaged for resources, and was among the policies that have allowed the country to become one of Central America’s strongest economies. Rodriguez was also a key player in the establishment of a multinational marine park — Las Baulas National Marine Park — and international efforts to eliminate bottom trawling and other unsustainable fishing practices.

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, is Vice President for Conservation Policy at Conservation International (CI). Before joining CI, Rodriquez was the Minister of Environment and Energy for the Republic of Costa Rica, where he was a pioneer in the development of payment for ecosystem services (PES). A lawyer, politician and, above all, a conservationist, Rodriguez held various political posts in Costa Rica, including Director of the National Parks Service. He is also founder and Board member of many environmental NGOs in Costa Rica, in addition to several tropical research institutes.

The HPU Presidential Lecture Series on Global Leadership and Sustainability is made possible through a generous grant from Hawaiian Electric Industries. HPU is pleased to offer the series as a means of enhancing the intellectual life not only of the HPU community, but for Honolulu and the state. Admission to all lectures is free of charge although some lectures may require advanced registration. The series is sponsored by the Office of the President.

Previously in the series:

"Emerging Technologies, Energy and Public Engagement"
David M. Berube, Ph.D.

Monday, April 18, 2016

David M. Berube, Ph.D., is a Research Professor at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in science and technology communication. He teaches graduate seminars in risk, fear, disaster, and climate change science communication, and co-ordinates a project at NCSU on Public Communication of Science and Technology committed to quantitative work in the social science of science. He wrote Nano-Hype: The Truth behind the Nanotechnology Buzz (Prometheus Books, 2006) recently translated into Japanese. He is the social science director of the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network involving Duke and UNC Chapel Hill.

"Can Science Save Us? Advice for the Next President of the United States"
Neal F. Lane, Ph.D.

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

Neal F. Lane, Ph.D., serves as Senior Fellow for Science and Technology at Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and is the Malcolm Gillis University Professor Emeritus and Professor of Physics and Astronomy Emeritus. He discussed the challenges of translating scientific knowledge into public policy. Lane served as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and director of the National Science Foundation under U.S. President Bill Clinton.

"Investing in Nature for Resilient Societies and a Sustainable Future"
Inger Andersen
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Inger Andersen is the Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization. She was the inaugural speaker of the series.