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February 2016

Can the past inform how plants will respond to future climate change? ​

February 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
R-380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences,
1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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plant climate changes

Can't make it in person? Join us online via YouTube Live! Joy K. Ward, Dean’s Professor of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Kansas Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology CO2, whose increase in the atmosphere is largely responsible for climate change, is also affecting plants, which use the gas as a carbon source for photosynthesis. It is therefore critical that we understand how plants respond to rising CO2 to better predict the impacts of global change…

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How can humans emulate nature and recycle everything?

February 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
R-380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences,
1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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log decomposition by fungi

Can't make it in person? Join us online via YouTube Live! Lawrence Wackett, Institute on the Environment Fellow and Distinguished McKnight University Professor, College of Biological Sciences For a sustainable future, humans must mimic natural systems in which one creature’s waste is another’s raw material. Many human processes create waste and disposing of that waste often has a price tag. With sufficient creativity, waste can be turned into useful materials that, instead of costing disposal fees, could turn a profit,…

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March 2016

Where does justice fit in the climate change adaptation puzzle?

March 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
R-380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences,
1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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climate march

Can't make it in person? Join us online via YouTube Live! Jack DeWaard, Assistant Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Graduate Faculty, Minnesota Population Center; and Beth Mercer-Taylor, Coordinator, Sustainability Studies, Institute on the Environment Despite the celebratory atmosphere at the signing of the COP 21 climate agreement, the streets of Paris filled with thousands protesting for climate justice, carrying signs reading “Change the System, Not the Climate.” Protesters decried the Paris agreement for failing to address how climate change…

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Jessica Hellmann: Deciphering the UN Conference on Climate Change

March 3 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Continuing Education and Conference Center,
1890 Buford Ave
St Paul, MN 55108 United States
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IonE Welcome Paris

In December 2015, the world reached an unprecedented agreement on climate change. At the heart of the agreement are tangible emission reductions, with countries worldwide committing to keep greenhouse gases from reaching catastrophic levels. Countries, regardless of economic standing, also put forward specific commitments to reduce emissions. Yet the overall agreement fails to cite tangible targets and lacks any teeth for enforcement. IonE director Jessica Hellmann, an internationally recognized leader on topics related to global change ecology and climate adaptation, will…

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Acara Challenge Reception and Awards Ceremony

March 3 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
University Hall, McNamara Alumni Center,
200 SE Oak St
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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Acara

Join us for the 2016 Acara Challenge Reception and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 3rd to celebrate the University of Minnesota’s top entrepreneurial changemakers.

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St Paul Campus Blood Drive

March 7 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
R-380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences,
1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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ARC_Logo

The American Red Cross is coming back to the St. Paul Campus for the annual Blood Drive

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How can infrastructure support sustainable urban living?

March 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
R-380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences,
1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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bridge overlooking new york city

Can't make it in person? Join us online via YouTube Live! Anu Ramaswami, Institute on the Environment Fellow and Charles M. Denny Jr. Chair of Science, Technology and Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs With two-thirds of the world’s population predicted to live in cities by 2050, how do we develop urban infrastructure to advance environmental sustainability, health and livability? In this talk, we’ll take a holistic look at all our urban infrastructure sectors, including the supply…

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2016 Natural Capital Symposium

March 21 @ 8:30 am - March 24 @ 5:00 pm
Munger Conference Center at Stanford University,
555 Salvatierra Way
Stanford, CA 94305 United States
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An international convening of natural capital leaders. Learn new tools and approaches, network with leaders and leading institutions, share success stories and collaborate to address grand challenges.

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Are the days of regulating water quality numbered?

March 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
R-380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences,
1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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decrepit house sitting on swamp

Can't make it in person? Join us online via YouTube Live! John Linc Stine, Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency In the 40 years since the passage of the Clean Water Act, the water protection scene has changed dramatically.Today sewers, industrial discharges, stormwater and feedlots are responsible for only a small fraction of water quality impacts. Even so, the job of protecting our water is far from finished. Governor Mark Dayton has observed that, while individuals own the land, water belongs…

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How can Minnesota improve on the water conservation status quo?

March 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
R-380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences,
1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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kayakers on a shaded river

Can't make it in person? Join us online via YouTube Live! Anna Henderson, Energy and Environment Policy Planning Director; and Erik Cedarleaf Dahl, Rulemaking Planning Director, Minnesota Environmental Quality Board Minnesota is home to more than 10,000 lakes, 100,000 miles of rivers and streams, and abundant groundwater resources. Unfortunately, many of these waters are not swimmable, fishable or drinkable. Minnesotans have made investments to protect and restore our waterways by voting for a sales tax increase and enacting a law…

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April 2016

Is the current university funding model sustainable?

April 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
R-380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences,
1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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Photo by triloks (iStock)

Can't make it in person? Join us online via YouTube Live! Lewis Gilbert, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Institute on the Environment The funding model for university research has drastically changed since the 1980s. Private sector investment in fundamental research has all but evaporated and federal funding across disciplines has been flat at best. In the current landscape, universities can no longer significantly grow their own research enterprise without either identifying new sources of funding or increasing their market…

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Can new GMO crops help grow sustainable agriculture?

April 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
R-380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences,
1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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GMO soybeans grow in small containers

Can't make it in person? Join us online via YouTube Live! Nicholas Jordan, Institute on the Environment Fellow and Professor in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Humanity faces truly grand challenges in sustaining and expanding supplies of food, water and energy. To meet these challenges, genetic improvements in a wide range of crops are essential. Emerging technologies such as CRISPR/Cas9 and other forms of genome editing may greatly facilitate such improvements. At the same time, they…

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Can we change people’s minds on climate?

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
R-380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences,
1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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woman walks on dried up farmland

Can't make it in person? Join us online via YouTube Live! Katharine Hayhoe. Director of Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University and Founder and CEO of ATMOS Research Hayhoe’s research focuses on establishing a scientific basis for assessing the regional to local-scale impacts of climate change on human systems and the natural environment. She's frequently quoted by national and international media and was featured in the documentary series Years of Living Dangerously. Photo by Oxfam International (Flickr/Creative Commons) Note:…

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iCOMOS 2016

April 24 @ 3:00 pm - April 27 @ 4:30 pm
The Commons Hotel,
615 Washington Avenue SE
Minneapolis,
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This second meeting of iCOMOS will focus on the impact of environmental air contamination and water quality on humans and animals at individual and population levels, with a particular emphasis on the health policy balance between personalized medicine and public health.

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How can nature and design improve our mental health?

April 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
R-380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences,
1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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Trees shade a walkway in the city

Can't make it in person? Join us online via YouTube Live! Lacy Shelby, Principal Urban Designer, City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development; Jean Larson, Center for Spirituality and Healing and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum; and Tim Griffin, Urban Design Director, Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation In many developed countries such as the U.S., mental illness affects a larger proportion of the population than any other group of illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. Using approaches ranging from surveys and…

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