IonE Second Mondays

IonE Second Mondays

The Institute on the Environment’s Second Mondays series is currently paused. Stay engaged with IonE by checking out the virtual series, People & Planet; conversations that make connections.

Monday, February 10

Climate-Induced Natural Disasters: Lessons for universities from the Global Convergence Lab

Impacts from climate-induced natural disasters vary widely. How can a university respond to these impacts and develop effective, ethical, and sustained campus and community partnerships to help with recovery? Join us to discover what UMN faculty and graduate students have learned in Puerto Rico about how higher education can and should strengthen preparedness, response, and recovery in the face of growing threats posed by a changing climate.


  • Gabe Chan, Assistant Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs and IonE Associate
  • Jacob Mans, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture
  • Graduate Students from PA 5790 (January 2020)
    – Kendrick Booth, College of Design, Architecture
    – Philip Hult, College of Continuing and Professional Studies, Inter-College Program
    – Sara Zaghloul, Humphrey School, Development Practice

Monday, March 9

Global Futures: Where Environment and Economy Converge

We know climate change has devastating effects on the environment, but what does it have in store for our economies? Global Futures, a first-of-its kind analytical tool, compares global economic models and high-resolution land-use and ecosystem services models to answer that very question. Join us for a lively conversation with two of the tool’s creators to explore the importance of global modelling, the significance of an economy-environment connection, and the threats climate change poses to every interdependent aspect of human life.


  • Stephen Polasky, Regents Professor and Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics, IonE Fellow
  • Justin Johnson, Senior Scientist and Economist, Natural Capital Project, Institute on the Environment, IonE Associate @jandrewjohns
  • Jay Coggins, Professor, Department of Applied Economics, IonE Fellow
  • Nathaniel Springer, Lead Scientist and Economist, Institute on the Environment, IonE Associate (moderator)

Monday, April 13

Clearing the Air: What the media gets right – and wrong – when covering environmental issues

From climate change to deforestation and plastic pollution, media coverage is critical to shining a light on our planet’s biggest environmental challenges — and even more so now as experts are pointing to connections between biodiversity loss and the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19. A panel of professional journalists will discuss what the media gets right — and wrong — when covering contentious environmental topics, as well as new developments that may spell change on the horizon.


In anticipation of the 50th celebration of Earth Day and in light of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the Institute on the Environment (IonE) will only host our April 13 Second Mondays panel virtually, and will not hold an in-person viewing party. This will allow us to prioritize the safety of our speakers and event attendees and also save the .95 metric tons of CO2 that would have entered the atmosphere during our speakers’ flights to and from Minnesota. Join us as we embark on this virtual gathering by registering to attend via Zoom on our Eventbrite page. 


  • Society of Environmental Journalists