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DSfS and ClimateLink: Commissioner Hochschild and Annual Holiday Party
*Please RSVP only once, either here or with Climate Link* Commissioner David Hochschild of the California Energy Commission will be sharing his thoughts on the clean energy transition with us. The event is not to be missed! We will be partnering with ClimateLink for our second annual holiday party following the talk. There will be sparkly beverages and tasty treats again, along with a raffle after the talk. This year's raffle items: Google home mini, Nest E learning thermostat, and Google dream view VR goggles. We look forward to seeing you all there! About the speaker: David Hochschild was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in February 2013. He fills the environmental position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law. Commissioner Hochschild’s career has spanned public service, environmental advocacy and the private sector. He first got involved in the solar energy field in 2001 in San Francisco as a Special Assistant to Mayor Willie Brown where he launched a citywide $100 million initiative to put solar panels on public buildings. He went on to co-found the Vote Solar Initiative, a 60,000-member advocacy organization promoting solar policies at the local, state and federal level. He served as executive director of a national consortium of leading solar manufacturers and worked for five years at Solaria, a solar company in Silicon Valley. In[masked], he served as a commissioner at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. For his work to advance clean energy, Commissioner Hochschild was awarded the Sierra Club’s Trailblazer Award, the American Lung Association’s Clean Air Hero Award and the Department of Energy’s Million Solar Roof True Champion Award. Commissioner Hochschild holds a B.A. degree from Swarthmore College and a Masters of Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. ==== Thank you to the PG&E Pacific Energy Center for hosting us!

PG&E Pacific Energy Center

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We're a group interested in the application of Data Science to issues of sustainability, asking questions such as:

what data feeds can improve supply chain sustainability?

how can fault detectors be applied to agricultural water conservation?

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how can cell-phone data inform transport planning?

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