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Oil Spill Aftermath

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Environmental Science and Corporate Responsibility

Recovering from the explosion and spill that resulted in 4.9 million barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico — a wound in the earth that could not be staunched for nearly three months — requires our best minds. Discover Cal offers perspectives from Berkeley experts about the effects on the environment and efforts to make oil companies more careful, accountable, and socially responsible.

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Terry Hazen

Hazen received his B. S. and M. S. degrees in interdepartmental biology from Michigan State University. His Ph.D. is from Wake Forest University in Microbial Ecology. Hazen was professor, chairman of biology and director of Graduate Studies at the University of Puerto Rico for eight years. He was the head of the ecology department and Center for Environmental Biotechnology, co-director of the Virtual Institute for Microbial Stress and Survival, and DOE BER Distinguished Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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Kellie McElhaney

McElhaney is the Alexander Faculty Fellow and the founding faculty director of the Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Since she launched the center in 2003, corporate social responsibility has become a core competency and competitive advantage of the Haas School. McElhaney is the author of Just Good Business The Strategic Guide to Aligning Corporate Responsibility and Brand. She works with several Global 1000 companies  — including Hewlett Packard, GAP, eBay, and McDonalds — to develop their strategies for corporate social responsibility.

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Thomas Azwell

Azwell is a doctoral researcher at Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources. His research focuses on developing low-cost and environmentally safe bioremediation technologies for hydrocarbons and toxins found in crude oil and sediments. Azwell’s technology was tested successfully after the Cosco Busan cargo ship collided with the Bay Bridge in 2007 and spilled 53,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil into the San Francisco Bay. His work is dedicated to the development and dissemination of sustainable solutions that are environmentally sound, socially equitable, and economically viable.

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Tony Kingsbury

Kingsbury joined the Center For Responsible Business in September 2007 on secondment from the Dow Chemical Company to launch a new interdisciplinary program on sustainable products and innovations at Berkeley. He is a recognized expert in global sustainability, environmentally preferred purchasing, plastics and chemical environmental issues and public policy. He is known for using his wide-ranging knowledge of the whole supply chain — from raw material extraction to manufacturing to final use and disposal — to distill complex messages into understandable language.

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