Andy has been re-appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board. He has also been appointed to the Bay Conservation and Development Commission. find out more


January 2024

The Commonwealth Club – World Affairs, Marin Chapter
Other Future Talks
Catholic Professionals Club, San Jose
Campbell Chamber of Commerce
Canon USA
First Republic Bank
Eden Housing, Inc



by UCS Podcast | December 2017

Past events



Talking climate with 3rd Age Learning Burlington Ontario, World Affairs San Francisco

Confirmed: Andy’s appointment to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board by Governor Newsom was confirmed by the California State Senate. He will serve until 2026
Selected to Chair the Bay Conservation and Development Commission Sediment and Beneficial Reuse Working Group


Talking climate with Castro Valley Public Library, San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, Heritage Presbyterian Church Benica, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute SF State University, Rotary Club of Uxbridge Ontario, We the Peoples UN Charter Anniversary, Sustainable Rossmoor, Regional Monitoring Program Annual Meeting, Rotary Club of San Rafael

Interviewed: for Michail Taratuta’s 60 Minutes as part of an episode
Appointed: by California Governor Newsom to a four-year term on the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board. Andy will also represent the Water Board as a Commissioner on the Bay Conservation and Development Commission

Spotlight: Andy trained in Nashville with Vice-President Al Gore to give presentations about climate change based on the 2007 movie An Inconvenient Truth. Over 100 presentations later, his work is acknowledged by Gore’s Climate Reality Project.


Talking climate with Rotary Club of Windsor, Temple Adat Shalom San Diego, Rotary Club of Rohnert Park-Cotati, Democrats of Rossmoor, Santa Clara University, Rotary Club of Calistoga, Dell Computer, Lake Tahoe Community College, Sustainable Contra Costa, World Affairs San Francisco, First Republic Bank, Castro Valley Library’s Community Reads

Reviewer: Provided scientific review of Sediment for Survival, a report produced by the San Francisco Estuary Institute


Talking climate with Dell Computer​, Oakland Rotary Club, Langan, Inc. San Francisco, Sustainable Rossmoor, and via video conferencing: Golden Gate Breakfast Club, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of San Francisco State University, Rotary Climate Action Network, Santa Clara University

Appointed to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission


Talking climate with Mission San Rafael Rotary Club, Sons in Retirement (Branch 134) Novato, Novato Sunrise Rotary Club, Sustainable Rossmoor, Coastal Science and Policy Program UC Santa Cruz, San Jose Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Ignacio, San Jose Rotary District Climate Change Committee, Novato Community Television, American Leadership Forum, Silicon Valley, Los Gatos Rotary Club, Marin Chapter of the World Affairs Council, Saratoga Rotary Club, State of the Estuary Conference, Silicon Valley Organization, Symposium on Ecologically-Informed – Theological Education, Simi Valley, Rotary Club of Menlo Park, Villa Marin

Mentor: Selected to serve as a mentor by the American Society of Adaptation Professionals in their program that is designed “to connect emerging climate resilience and adaptation professionals with accomplished ASAP members.”
Reviewer: Provided scientific review for the San Francisco Bay Shoreline Adaptation Atlas


Talking climate with Osher Lifelong Learning Center Concord, Northern California Citizens Climate Lobby, Rotary Club of Martinez, Leadership Contra Costa Walnut Creek, Sausalito Sustainability Commission, Rosie the Riveter National Park, Alta Lodge UT, Women’s Club of Marin, Marin Home and Garden Club, Science Teacher’s FEAST Chabot Space and Science Center, Arlington Community Church Kensington, Castro Valley Public Library, Lions Club of Berkeley, Northern California Geological Society Orinda, Sustainable Rossmoor, Rotary Club of Novato, Cal State East Bay Health Sciences, San Rafael Harbor Rotary Club, Aperia Technologies Burlingame, First Church Berkeley, Marvelous Marin Breakfast Club San Rafael
Presentation Coach: Assisted several teams participating in the Resilient-by-Design Challenge develop their final presentations. Conducted presentation skills training for the Union of Concerned Scientists, Cambridge, MA

Reviewer: Provided review of an upcoming report on climate change in the Bay Area for the Climate Readiness Institute

Recipient: The Regional Adaptation Leadership Award from ASAP (American Society of Adaptation Professionals). Given to Andy for preparing the Bay Area for climate change; notably for using science to guide regional planning while advancing the restoration of natural systems to make the region more resilient to climate change impacts


Talking climate with SmithGroup JJR Architects, Cal State University East Bay, San Francisco Rotary Club, Northern California Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Golden Gate Breakfast Club, North Bay Watersheds Association, Mill Valley Rotary Club, City of Albany Public Library, Peninsula Interfaith Climate Action, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Town and Gown Club Berkeley, Oakland Rotary Club, Ashby Village Berkeley, Mt. Diablo Unitarian Church Walnut Creek, Sausalito Rotary Club, Marin Sunrise Rotary Club, Temple Isaiah Lafayette, Heritage Presbyterian Church Benicia, Bay Area Clean Water Agencies
Recipient: The Jean Auer Environmental Award from the San Francisco Estuary Partnership. Andy became the ninth person to win this award to “honor his significant contribution toward improving environmental quality in the Bay-Delta Estuary.” Read Andy’s acceptance speech

Moderator: Our Challenges: An Introduction to the Complexities of the Bay Area. This panel was part of the initial workshop for the international design teams selected to participate in the Resilient Bay Area challenge
Facilitator: Calabasas/San Thomas Aquino/Pond A8 Realignment Visioning Workshop. This workshop brought together professionals from a diverse array of organizations to consider how the flood control channels carrying Calabasas and San Thomas Aquino Creeks could be realigned to support the goals South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Program and Santa Clara County flood protection efforts, while building future resilience to sea level rise


Talking climate with the Temple Beth Torah in Fremont, Rotary Club of Berkeley, the Point Arena Lighthouse Association, the Berkeley Breakfast Club, the Claremont Country Club, the Leadership Contra Costa program of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce, and the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University
Workshop leader: Responding to Sea Level Rise in the South Bay: Local and Regional Implications of Alternative Future Shoreline Configurations. Explored the influence of regional and local actions on our efforts to increase South Bay shoreline resilience to sea level rise more information
Presenter: Lessons from the Field for Communicating About Climate Change with Public Audiences to the Bay Science Collaborative at Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies of San Francisco State University
Moderator: “Climate Smart” from Watershed to the Sea at the 4th Ocean Climate Summit convened by Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and Greater Farallones Association


Talking climate with the Sea Ranch Association, the Rotary Club of Albany, and the Rotary Club of Alamo
Workshop facilitator for Google, Inc.
Moderator of the plenary session of the 12th Biennial State of the Estuary Conference in Oakland
Webinar instructor for the Science Network of the Union of Concerned Scientists on Giving Effective Presentations
Presenter: “Working with invalid boundary conditions: lessons from the field for communicating about climate change with public audiences” at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union


“Restoring ecosystems as sustainable infrastructure in a changing world”
State of the Estuary Conference, Oakland, CA, September 2015
“Life at the Boundary: Creating a Dynamic Environment for Scientists and Natural Resource Managers to Understand and Adapt to Climate Change”
North American Congress of Conservation Biology, Oakland, CA, July 2012
“The State of San Francisco Bay”
State of the Estuary Conference, Oakland, CA, September 2011
“Hot, wet and uncertain”
A panel discussion at The Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, CA July 12, 2010
“Giving Effective Presentations”
MacWorld Users Conference, January 2008
“Adaptive Development of an Aquatic Toxicity Monitoring Program”
California Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Concord, CA, April 1999
“Managing Large Marine Ecosystems”
Williams College, Williamstown, MA, October 1997
“The Evolving Path of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Restoration Program”
Annual Meeting, Arctic Chapter of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Valdez, AK, September 1997