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December 2015

Frontiers: Does competition promote planet-saving innovation?

December 2, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
R380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences, 1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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Alfred Marcus, Professor, Edson Spencer Endowed Chair in Strategy and Technological Leadership, Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, Carlson School of Management, and Author, Innovations in Sustainability: Food and Fuel Can competition between companies encourage innovations in sustainability that have the potential to solve some of the world’s grand challenges? Using a series of case studies from his recent book, Innovations in Sustainability, Marcus will examine the progress, obstacles, competition and evolution of sustainable innovations in such companies as Tesla, General Motors, Toyota, General…

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April 2016

Is the current university funding model sustainable?

April 6, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
R380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences, 1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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analyzing graphs and funding models

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, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
R380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences, 1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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soybeans growing in small cylinders

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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What’s new on the climate change front?

April 20, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
R380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences, 1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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cracked, arid land from a drought

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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How can nature and design improve our mental health?

April 27, 2016 @ 12:00 am - 1:00 pm
R380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences, 1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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a shaded walkway combining urban and natural environments

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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