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Saving the Planet Cost-Effectively

Sunday, May 2, 2021: PBKNCA Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley

PBKNCA Book Clubs welcome new members

In light of the public health recommendations to increase social distancing and reduce the incidence and spread of COVID-19, Phi Beta Kappa Northern California is suspending all in person events and meetings for the foreseeable future. O'Neil has come up with a number of online events that sound exciting. If you agree, we would appreciate a contribution to the Scholarship fund

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Ms. Patricia Kenber VP Membership PBKNCA
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Danville CA 94526-4001

For questions about the events below, email O'Neil Dillon at

Professor of the Practice of Public Policy, Joseph Aldy
Presented by the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars program and the University of the Pacific

Professor Aldy will be delivering a public lecture, Saving the Planet Cost-Effectively, in which he will discuss carbon pricing, pollution markets, and ways to design U.S. climate change policy. Audience Q&A will follow the lecture.

One-fifth of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions are covered by a carbon pricing program. What does it mean to price carbon? What would it mean for the environment? What are the political opportunities and barriers to moving forward with carbon pricing? This presentation will draw from the theory and practice of carbon pricing to explore the potential design of U.S. climate change policy.

Please join us for Professor Aldy’s public lecture (on Zoom) on Monday, November 9th, at 7pm Pacific time. For more information, consult Pacific’s event calendar
Here is a direct link to the lecture:




Bancroft HotelSunday, May 2, 2021: ΦBKNCA Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley, 12:00 Noon

Because of the official directives concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, we had found it necessary to cancel our Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, scheduled for Sunday, May 3, 2020, at the Bancroft Hotel in Berkeley. But we have videos of the brief talks that the awardees would have given! The Scholarship recipients are available here and the Teaching Excellence recipients are here

Although we regret not being able to meet and hear our scholarship and teaching excellence award winners (not to mention missing the opportunity to see old friends again), the good news is that we have already made a reservation with the Bancroft for next year. Those of you who really plan ahead can already mark your calendars, keeping this date open: Sunday, May 2, 2021. By that time we hope this current pandemic will be only a distant memory. Location: Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley Directions: click here

Email Jean James at with questions about the upcoming Annual Luncheon

PBKNCA Book Clubs welcome new members.  If you wish to join one, e-mail oneilsdillon@gmail.combooks