EnviroThursday Fall 2014

Presentations take place at 12 noon, Olin-Rice Room 250

September 11, 2014

"A Carrot or a Stick?  Defining and Implementing a Carrotmob at El Norteño"
Speakers:  Samantha Burlager '15 and Li Guan '15

Global climate change is perhaps the most pressing issue our world faces today. Greenhouse gas emission reductions are urgently needed; however, currently many people are hesitant to take action due to the enormity of the problem. What can we do as students to mitigate this challenge? One of the solutions we can implement is a carrotmob. In this talk, we will define and discuss carrotmobs, which utilize the power of consumers for good, and collectively organize buying power to reward businesses. Based on our experience of carrotmobbing the local restaurant El Norteño, we will discuss how carrotmobbing creates a win-win situation for consumers, businesses, and the environment, and describe how students can plan and implement another carrotmob in the Twin Cities.

September 18, 2014

"Helping Forests Adapt to a Changing Climate"
Speaker:  Leslie Brandt, Climate Change Specialist, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and the USDA Forest Service

Climate change has the potential to alter forest composition and productivity through direct changes in temperature and precipitation and through the effects of physical and biological disturbance. Forest managers face the immense challenge of integrating the inherent uncertainties of a changing climate into a wide variety of management decisions. To help address this challenge, we developed the Climate Change Response Framework: a collaborative approach among researchers, managers, and landowners to integrate climate change considerations into decision-making. This presentation will provide an overview of the Climate Change Response Framework and case studies of how we have applied the framework to help forests, and the people who manage them, adapt to a changing climate throughout the Midwest.

Leslie Brandt's work focuses on climate change adaptation and outreach for natural resource managers in the Midwest and Northeast. She has a PhD in Ecology from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College.

September 25, 2014 - Olin-Rice 205

Environmental Studies Study Abroad Informational Meeting

This session is geared toward first-year and sophomore students who are planning to major in Environmental Studies and who are interested in studying abroad. Several people will be present to share information and answer questions, including a member of the International Center staff, ES faculty, and senior ES majors who participated in a range of study away experiences. Lunch will be provided; come eat and get the answers to all your study away questions!

October 2, 2014

"How Business Can be Part of the Environmental Solution"
Speaker:  Kevin Wilhelm '95, CEO, Sustainable Business Consulting

Kevin Wilhelm will talk about his work in the non-profit and government sector, and his move to work within the business sector to show businesses the benefit of working towards solving our planet's greatest social and environmental challenges. His firm, Sustainable Business Consulting, works with companies ranging from small business to some of the leading Fortune 500 companies like Nordstrom, Amazon, REI, and Alaska Airlines, to find cost savings strategies that not only enhance their brand, but also reduce the organization's environmental footprint at the same time.

Kevin is a 1995 grad that brings over 18 years experience working in this field, having worked with over 85 companies in 21 different industries.  He is also the author of two books:  Making Sustainability Stick: The Blueprint for Successful Implementation and the acclaimed Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability and Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy.  He is a professor at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute in Seattle, which is the world's first and best Sustainable MBA Program.

October 9, 2014

Speaker:  Gabriel Filippelli, Professor of Earth Sciences and Director of the Center for Urban Health, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Formerly Foreign Affairs Officer/Senior Science Advisor, U.S. Department of State

October 16, 2014

Speaker:  Molly Van Avery, Artist Organizer for the Lyndale Gardens Project in Richfield

October 23, 2014

No EnviroThursday - Fall Break

October 30, 2014

Speaker:  Robert Rose, Wildlife Conservation Society (and Humphrey Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies)

Co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies and Geography Departments.

November 6, 2014

Speaker:  Dawn Biehler, University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies and Geography Departments.

November 13, 2014

Environmental Studies Majors and Minors Fall Social

November 20, 2014 - JBD Lecture Hall, Campus Center

Speaker:  Bruce Rich, Attorney with Environmental Defense Fund