Merchants of Doubt Film Screening & Panel Discussion on Resiliency

  • 28 Nov 2017
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • 7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
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The San Diego Green Building Council & Urban Fabrick Collaborative will host a FREE to the public screening of the Sony Pictures Classic documentary film - Merchants of Doubt “The troubling story of how a cadre of influential 'scientists' have clouded public understanding of scientific facts to advance a political and economic agenda.”  The film will be followed with a panel discussion on Resiliency,  sharing perspectives and solutions from architecture, agriculture, cleantech, and innovations inspired by nature.

When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The La Jolla / Riford Library located at 7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: Free
Parking: Street parking is available for free,  along nearby streets. Please allow time to park, and walk if necessary.
Questions: Jennifer Joe,
Venue Information: (858)552-1657

Among the featured panelists will be:

Drew Hubbell, Architect, Principal of Hubbell & Hubbell Architects Drew Hubbell’s diverse background ranges from historic restoration and adaptive reuse of existing commercial structures, to custom residences and remodels. He especially enjoys working on cultural and nature centers for non-profits and municipalities. He leads the firm Hubbell & Hubbell Architects, and collaborates with his father—renowned artist James T. Hubbell—merging art and architecture in ecologically and aesthetically mindful ways. His firm specializes in sustainable architecture, green building materials and the use of alternative building materials such as straw bales, insulated concrete forms, adobe, and sprayed concrete construction.

Puja Batra, Ph.D. of Batra Ecological Strategies works to align ecological sustainability with socio-economic needs, working at the intersection of science, policy, economics, and communications.  As an independent consultant, she has worked in U.S. and international settings in the areas of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. She currently serves on the board of the San Diego Green Building Council, the Community Forest Advisory Board to the City of San Diego, and is a member of Biomimicry San Diego. Puja is a native of Texas, is of Indian descent, and holds a B.A. in Biology from University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Michigan State University.

Jacques Chirazi,  City of San Diego - Business Development Manager /Cleantech Program, Bomimicry Institute - Commercialization Adviser, President - Board of Directors SDGBC. Jacques focus is creating economic growth while fostering sustainability, in part by bridging cleantech with biomimicry. To that aim, he develops and supports a clean technology cluster in San Diego while collaborating across a diverse range of private, public, and non-profit sector groups. His long term vision is to create new business models and financial instruments to accelerate the commercialization of biomimetic solutions. nJacques has managed the California City of San Diego’s Clean Technology Program since 2007. He served six years as Senior Project Manager at Bainbridge Inc., a strategic management consulting firm for Fortune 500 companies. He currently teaches sustainability and clean technology to business students at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University. He holds a Masters from UCSD Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies in International Environmental Policy and a BA in Marketing from SDSU. Jacques is a certified Energy Manager (C.E.M.), Renewable Energy Professional (R.E.P.), and LEED-GA.

Learn More & View Trailer at

Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, MERCHANTS OF DOUBT takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.


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