Co-sponsored Events

Throughout the year, the School co-sponsors several events with the goal to foster science communication and education as well as assisting in a better understanding of sustainability science. These events help make CSU researchers accessible to decision-makers and lay audiences.

Challenges and Opportunities in International Agriculture

Sept 12 | 2 - 3:30pm | Lory Student Center North Ballroom

Humanity faces significant challenges in meeting global food, feed, fiber, and energy demands as our population trends toward 9.5 billion by 2050. Panelists involved with the recently created Borlaug Training Foundation will discuss these challenges from the ecological, technological, and human capacity perspectives that come into play in the international agriculture arena. They will share their experiences and insights on how these issues can be addressed and what is needed to optimize our ability to meet the challenges facing international agriculture. Panelists will make brief statements followed by audience participation through Q&A. Watch the video here

Curiosity on Mars: Trailblazing the paht for humans

April 26 | 7 - 8pm | CSU Plant Sciences Bldg C101

Join Doug Ming, Chief Scientist for the Astronmaterials Research and Exploration Science Division at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas as he speaks about the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity. The rover has successfully explored Gale crater on Mars for over 3 years and discovered fine-grain sedimentary deposits that contain clay minerals and the elements necessary for life (C,H,O,N,P,S). Co-hosted by CSU's School of Global Environmental Sustainability, The Institute for Learning and Teaching, Poudre River Library District.


Environmental Injustice: How each of us harms the vulnerable

April 4 | 3 - 5pm | Lory Student Center Grey Rock Room

Environmental Justice and Equity are central to all aspects of sustainability and political ecology, both academically and politically. Professor Shrader-Frechette has been and continues to be one of the pioneers in this and other issues related to environmental and social equity.

Read the SOURCE story here



Reception honoring author Ed Warner Running with Rhinos: Stories from a Radical Conservationist

March 31 | 4pm - 6pm | Avogadro's Number

Ed Warner is a past president and owner of Expedition Oil Company and is known for his outstanding volunteer and philanthropy work. He takes readers along as he weasels his way into becoming volunteer ground support for the International Rhino Foundation's Rhino Conservancy Project, or "Rhino Ops", in Zimbabwe.



Rural Reinvented: Exploring Shifts in Rural America co-hosted by SoGES, Department of Sociology, and Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

February 19 | 2:30pm - 4pm | Avogadro's Number

Panelists will examine the myths and realities of changes in rural America from demographic, natural resource, agricultural, and economic perspectives.




Understanding the EPA's Clean Power Plan co-hosted by SoGES, Center for New Energy Economy, and Energy Institute

September 30 | 1:30pm-3:30pm | Lory Student Center Theater


David Sonnenfeld Guest Speaker and Reception

Hosted by: Environmental Justice CSU a 2014-2015 Global Challenges Research Team.

"Environmental Justice & Ecological Modernization, Intersections and Contradictions: Perspectives from the Global Electronics Industry"
April 10 | 3pm-5pm | 108 Johnson Hall




6th Annual Public Health Symposium at Colorado State University

Hosted by: Colorado School of Public Health, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, and High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety.

Workshop: "Microbial Sequencing Workshop: A Hands on Approach"
April 14 | 9am-4pm | LSC room 324 | Register HERE

Symposium: "Microbial Ecology in a Changing World: Emerging Issues in Antimicrobial Resistance"
April 15 | 8:30am-4pm | The Hilton Fort Collins | Register HERE


CSU Public Lands History Center/The American West Program panel discussion

February 26, 2015 | 4pm-5:30pm | Clark A203

“Flood, Fire, and Ice: Environmental History and Environmental Extremes”

A panel discussion featuring Dr. Ruth Alexander and Dr. Adrian Howkins, faculty in History, and Dane Vanhoozer, History graduate student and USFS firefighter.

The panelists will offer brief presentations that demonstrate how historians are drawing on (and contributing to) the work of resource managers and ecologists while researching the history of extreme environments and events. We look forward to a lively discussion with the audience after our presentations. The abstracts of our three panelists are below:

The Great Colorado Flood of 2013 Ruth M. Alexander The floods that swept across Northern Colorado in September 2013 were extraordinary in their severity and scope, destroying property and resources across seventeen counties. Eight people lost their lives. This was a hydro-geologic event, possibly related to climate change, in which heavy rainfall over many days produced both devastating floods and perilous landslides. Recognizing the significance of the flood to the state of Colorado, the 2013 Northern Colorado Oral History Flood Project interviewed thirty individuals who held direct professional or official responsibility for flood mitigation, preparation, relief, and recovery in 2013. The collected interviews (thirty in number, some involving multiple informants) highlight the substantial present-day commitment of water and emergency managers to flood management plans that acknowledge the inseparability of societal sustainability from ecosystem function. The interviews also point to an array of obstacles, some rooted in earlier understandings of the human-nature dynamic, which impede flood management based on principles of human-ecosystem sustainability.

Pyric Contentions: America’s Wildfire Narrative Dane Vanhoozer America’s wildfire problems resulted from fire suppression and the exclusion of anthropogenic fire.  Resource managers struggle to define the acceptable range of human and ecological values for wildfire to burn.  The government has pushed fire suppression technology to its limit.  Increasing budgets brings more air-tankers, helicopters, and hand-crews to bear on wildfires, but there are no technological innovations that will fundamentally change firefighting.  Firefighting assumes that wildfire is an elemental force within the realm of human control.  Historians must communicate America’s new wildfire narrative so the public appreciates the nonmarket values and long-term ecological services provided by wildfire.

Antarctica: History in an Extreme Environment Adrian Howkins Antarctica is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent on the planet.  In much the same way that floods and fires offer fascinating insights into human relations with the natural world, Antarctica’s extreme environment presents an ideal location for thinking about the theory and practice of environmental history.  In particular, the relative simplicity of the continent’s history makes possible a detailed analysis of the interactions of human activity, environmental perceptions, and the material environment over time.  This presentation will draw upon the author’s experiences of working with a team of ecologists in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica in order to ask questions about what the southern continent might contribute to the field of environmental history.

SoGES GCRT Air Quality, Climate, and Health guest lecture Michael Brauer

February 26, 2015 | 4:30pm-5:30pm | Clark A203

“The Global Burden of Disease from Air Pollution”

The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2013 study is a collaborative effort led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and involving a large network of international experts. GBD 2010 estimated that exposure to ambient PM2.5 contributed to 3.2 million deaths and 74 million DALYS (via ischemic heart disease, stroke, COPD and, lung cancer in adults and acute lower respiratory infections in children < 5 yrs) worldwide in 2010, with ozone contributing an additional 150,000 deaths from COPD. Household air pollution from the domestic use of solid fuels for cooking and heating contributed 3.5 million deaths and 108 million DALYs (via ischemic heart disease, stroke, COPD, lung cancer, and cataracts in adults and acute lower respiratory infection in children < 5 yrs). The most recent update, GBD 2013, expands upon the methodology, datasets, and tools used in GBD 2010, and will produce estimates of deaths and DALYs attributable to PM2.5 and ozone in ambient air and to exposure to household air pollution from the use of solid fuels for 1990-2013 for 187 countries in 21 global regions as well as sub-country analyses for China, Mexico and the UK. In this presentation I will describe the methodology used to estimate the burden of disease attributable to air pollution, present the latest results, and discuss implications for air pollution health effects research and global health.

Michael Brauer is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at The University of British Columbia.  He also directs the Bridge Program – a strategic training program linking public health, engineering and policy.  His research focuses on the assessment of exposure and health impacts of air pollution, with specific interest in transportation-related and biomass air pollution. He has participated in monitoring and epidemiological studies throughout the world and served on advisory committees to the World Health Organization, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, the US National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada, the International Joint Commission and governments in North America and Asia.  He is an Associate Editor of Environmental Health Perspectives and a member of the Core Analytic Team for the Global Burden of Disease.

Women, Population, and the Environment panel disucssions

February 12 & 26, 2015 | 5:30pm-7pm | Avogadro's Number









SoGES Biodiversity Working Group guest lecture Jeffrey McKee

February 11, 2015 | 12pm-1pm | Lory Student Center room 386

Title: "The Human Wedge: How Human Population Growth is Fueling a Mass Extinction"

More people means less wildlife. Of course, it's not quite that simple: other factors besides sheer human numbers play important roles in biodiversity loss. But no factor is more important in driving the sixth mass extinction of life on Earth than continued human population growth. More of us really does mean less of (almost) everything else.




Distinguished Lecturer: Dr. Samuel S. Myers, MD, MPH

November 19, 2014 | 3:00pm-4:00pm | Lory Student Center Theatre

A scientist who recently discovered that crop nutrients drop as carbon dioxide levels rise – signaling a serious global health threat to animals and people – will be a guest speaker on the topic of future global health at Colorado State University on Nov. 19.

Dr. Samuel Myers, a physician at Harvard Medical School and a senior research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health in the Harvard School of Public Health, will deliver the annual Distinguished Guest Lecture hosted by CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

The talk starts at 3 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Lory Student Center Theatre. The event is free and open to the campus community.

Neil GriggWater as a Human Right, Dr. Neil S. Grigg

December 7, 2014 | 3:00pm | Global Village Museum, 200 W. Mountain Ave. Fort Collins, CO

Join us in celebrating Internation Human Rights Day!

Neil S. Grigg is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at CSU focusing on water management, water rights, state water planning, water law, policy and regulation, and global water and infrastructure issues, with emphasis on planning and management in current political and financial climates. He has worked as a consulting engineer and state environmental official, and has served on government policy and advisory panels. His international water experience includes projects in Latin America, South Africa, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia, and China.

Sponsored by The ACLU of Northern Colorado, The Equity and Environmental Justice Team, and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at CSU


Ebola in Context: Ebola Virus, the West African Outbreak, and One Health Global Implications

November 13, 2014

Join us for an evening of discussion with local experts in infectious diseases, public health, and African history.  Learn about the pathogenesis of Ebolavirus, the context of the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the implications of the current outbreak in the age of globalization.  Introductory talks from an interdisciplinary panel of experts will be followed by a question and answer session.

Sponsored by CSU One Health Club, the CSU Wildlife Disease Association, Sustainable African Ecosystems and Societies , and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability

A Political Ecology of Conservation in Northern Argentina

November 11, 2014

Why would local, indigenous people reject a conservation project that seems to offer them the best and most equitable deal they could get? This is the puzzle behind a research project in Salta, Northwest Argentina. In the course of our research project we realized that the difficulties of implementing the Yungas Biosphere Reserve illustrate several ongoing debates in the world of conservation, especially who should decide on a conservation scheme and be part of its governance, as well as on the “new conservation”. A Kolla indigenous community has put well-intentioned participatory conservation to a test, challenging its own marginalization and the traditional social order, while bringing forth questions of social and environmental equity and justice.

GDPE Distinguished Ecologists Seminar Series: Rosemary & Peter Grant, Princeton University

April 23, 2013

The Graduate Degree Program in Ecology is pleased to sponsor a visit by ecologists Rosemary and Peter Grant.

Peter Raymond Grant and Barbara Rosemary Grant are both British evolutionary biologists at Princeton University; each holds the position of Emeritus Professor. They are noted for their work concerning Darwin's finches on the Galápagos Island named Daphne Major. The Grants have spent six months of the year each year since 1973 capturing, tagging, and taking blood samples of the finches on the island. The Grants were the subject of the book The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time by Jonathan Weiner (Alfred A. Knopf, 1994). In 2003 the Grants were joint recipients of the Loye and Alden Miller Research Award. They also won the 2005 Balzan Prize for Population Biology. The Balzan Prize citation states: “Peter and Rosemary Grant are distinguished for their remarkable long-term studies demonstrating evolution in action in Galápagos finches. They have demonstrated how very rapid changes in body and beak size in response to changes in the food supply are driven by natural selection. They have also elucidated the mechanisms by which new species arise and how genetic diversity is maintained in natural populations. The work of the Grants has had a seminal influence in the fields of population biology, evolution and ecology.”
Peter was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1987 and Rosemary in 2007. In 2008, both Peter and Rosemary were among the thirteen recipients of the Darwin-Wallace Medal, which is bestowed every 50 years by the Linnean Society of London. In 2009, they were recipients of the annual Kyoto Prize in basic sciences, an international award honoring significant contributions to the scientific, cultural and spiritual betterment of mankind.
The visit and lectures by Rosemary and Peter Grant are made possible through generous partner support from the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, the Provost’s Office, and the colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Natural Sciences, and the Warner College of Natural Resources. Please contact Dr. Cameron Ghalambor for more information: