Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement
40th Anniversary Event

"Environmental Change and Sustainable Well-Being:
Environmental Trailblazers Examine Challenges and Opportunities"

The National Press Club, Washington D.C.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
11:15AM-1:00PM EST

*For details on the webcast please see bottom of the page.


"Environmental Change and Sustainable Well-Being:
Environmental Trailblazers Examine Challenges and Opportunities"

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow moderates a discussion with four world-renowned environmental scientists examining the pressing concerns in the environmental movement over the last 40 years and the decades to come. From air, water and biodiversity to energy and climate change, the panelists—all distinguished Tyler Prize Laureates—will look back at how the field has evolved, examine the challenges of today, and evaluate what lies ahead to help or hinder the goal of a sustainable, healthy environment in the future. They will address the following:

  • What new environmental challenges will we face in the coming 40 years?
  • How can environmental threats and solutions of the past 40 years guide us to be prepared for future threats?
  • How can science inform policy to tackle increasingly complex and inter-disciplinary environmental challenges?
  • What environmental threats and challenges are not receiving the attention they deserve today?


Rachel Maddow, PhD
Host, MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show


Richard B. Alley, PhD - On the pace of climate change
Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences, Department of Geosciences, and Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, Pennsylvania State University; Host of PBS's EARTH: The Operators' Manual

John P. Holdren, PhD - On a clean energy future
Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

Thomas E. Lovejoy, PhD - On sustaining biodiversity and ecosystems
University Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University; Biodiversity Chair at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment

Mario J. Molina, PhD - On healthy air and urban populations
Director of the Mario Molina Center for Energy and Environment; Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego and the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography