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April 2015
Free

Climate Champions: Navigating the Northwest Passage and Activating Political Will with David Thoreson and Joseph Robertson

April 27 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
St. Paul Student Center Theater,
2017 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108 United States
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David Thoreson and Joseph Robertson share the pursuit of new ways of interacting with the world through exploration. Both are deeply involved in the world’s climate future. On Monday, April 27th, Robertson and Thoreson will come together to portray the problem of Arctic ice loss and to postulate a solution that puts a ramping price on atmospheric carbon emissions.

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Lentil Underground Discussion and Dinner

April 28 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mississippi Room at the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Student Union,
300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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Author and Panel Discussion
5:30 pm, open to all
Join author Liz Carlisle and farmer David Oien as they discuss “Lentil Underground,” the story of a little known group of farmers who launched a unique sustainable food movement. Following their talk, a panel of university researchers, students, and farmers will discuss using legumes in diversified farming systems.

Dinner
7:00 pm, $25—Advanced registration required
The University of Minnesota will host a special dinner at prepared by University Catering Executive Chef Scott Pampuch to celebrate the release of Lentil Underground, the new book by Michael Pollan protégé Liz Carlisle. Join Carlisle and David Oien, Founding Farmer of Timeless Natural Food and main character of Lentil Underground, for a buffet-style meal featuring the specialty organic lentils and heritage grains described in the book.

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Frontiers: Can conservation be motivated by real-time visual feedback?

April 29 @ 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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A new class of technologies – made possible by developments in hardware, software and networking and informed by social psychology – are enabling the emergence of novel forms of feedback on resource consumption and environmental quality. “Sociotechnical” feedback or “Ecofeedback”, delivered at multiple scales and through multiple modes, has the potential to reconnect humans to nature, stimulate systems thinking, and motivate behaviors that are more attuned to ecological constraints and opportunities.

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Public Talk: “Music in a Changing Climate

April 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Best Buy Theater at Northrop Auditorium,
84 Church Street Southeast, Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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Join us for the public lecture “Music in a Changing Climate”, which features a community of scholars whose research combines the environmental sciences and humanities in the study of sound, music and environment. Three dynamic speakers – Denise Von Glahn from Florida State University, Jeff Titon from Brown University, and Aaron Allen from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro – will offer an interactive presentation on the topic of “ecomusicology.” Their talk will draw in scholars from across campus. The lectures will be illustrated with music presented by the Sumunar Gamelan Ensemble, cellist Dan Crawford’s “A Song of Our Warming Planet,” and Matt McIntyre & Ben Osterhouse performing Libby Larsen’s “Up Where the Air Gets Thin.”

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The Outsized Role of Earth’s Largest Lakes Lecture with Dr. Robert W. Sterner

April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Paul Student Center,
2017 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108 United States
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Roughly two thirds of the planet’s available surface freshwater is contained in just twenty lakes. Scattered around the globe, and diverse in almost every measurable respect, these immense “dimples” in Earth’s surface have shaped human society and history. Their value continues to grow as freshwater scarcity increases. This talk will explore Earth’s largest lakes, some of which are in our backyard, from the standpoints of hydrology, biogeochemistry, biodiversity, and geopolitics, using these approaches ultimately to ask what role these twenty places play in our lives.

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May 2015

Sustainable and Responsible Investing Symposium

May 5 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Heritage Gallery in the McNamara Alumni Center,
200 SE Oak St, Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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Bond and Devick Financial Network is excited to team up with speakers from the University of Minnesota, Sunrise Banks and SRI investment firms to host our first SRI Symposium! We have an impressive line-up of speakers from around the country to talk about the different facets of SRI investing.

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Frontiers: Do volunteer supply chain sustainability programs really work?

May 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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Raw materials used in products on today’s supermarket shelves are often sourced from tropical locales with major social and environmental problems such as deforestation, biodiversity loss and child labor. Companies are under immense pressure to exclude these ‘unsustainable’ products from their supply chains. To ensure sustainability, companies are buying certified products and partaking in pubic commitments such as zero-deforestation pledges. Dr. Gary Paoli, Daemeter Consulting director of research and program development, will examine the value of voluntary supply chain approaches for reducing the negative environmental impacts of tropical commodity production.

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Sustainability Film Series Presents – “Food Chains”

May 7 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bell Museum of Natural History,
10 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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The 5th Annual Sustainability Film Series continues with “Food Chains,” presenting an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battling to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United States.

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Water Technology Symposium

May 18 @ 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
The Digital Technology Center, 4th floor of Walter Library,
117 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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Frontiers in Water Technology: Practice, Research and Innovation
A symposium sponsored by the UMN Institute on the Environment
Supported by the UMN College of Science and Engineering & The Office of the Vice President for Research

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“What is the media’s role in addressing environmental challenges?”

May 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lindahl Founders Room at Northrop Auditorium,
84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, 55455
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The Institute on the Environment’s Ensia magazine is excited to host veteran business and sustainability journalist Marc Gunther on May 20, 2015 for a conversation-style event titled “What is the media’s role in addressing environmental challenges?”

Gunther is editor at large of Guardian Sustainable Business US and a contributor at Fortune, Ensia and other leading publications. He’s also the author or co-author of four books, including Faith and Fortune: How Compassionate Capitalism Is Transforming American Business (Crown 2004). His most recent book, Suck It Up: How Capturing Carbon From the Air Can Help Solve the Climate Crisis, was published in 2012. A skilled speaker, Gunther has appeared before corporate audiences and at numerous conferences and is the past creator and co-chair of Brainstorm Green, Fortune’sconference on business and the environment

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June 2015
$100

Teacher Workshop: Water Health and the World’s Cities

June 29 @ 8:00 am - July 2 @ 5:00 pm
R-370 Learning and Environmental Sciences,
1954 Buford Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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How does the state of our water resources affect environmental health? What can cities do to improve human health by improving their water infrastructure? And how do these challenges differ between the global north and south? Tackle these questions with water experts using case studies from North and South America. Instructors include Kate Brauman, IonE Global Water Initiative lead scientist; Barrett Colombo, IonE Global Landscapes Initiative educational specialist; and Sonia Davila, of the Global Water Partnership.

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August 2015

Applied Bayesian Statistics Workshop

August 2 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
St Paul Campus,
Specific Location TBA
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The Nutrient Network (www.nutnet.org), with funding from the Institute on the Environment, is hosting a full-day workshop on applied Bayesian statistics on Sunday August 2, 2015. The workshop, which will be led by Dr. Kiona Ogle (Arizonia State University), will be hands-on and product oriented. About this workshop: Participants will bring data from an ongoing project and receive advice on developing, coding, and interpreting Bayesian models specific to their data. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to meet international collaborators…

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