Special Events

The School acts as a conduit for sustainabiltiy science and works to communicate and connect that science to diverse audiences. By hosting events each year, the school tailors them to educate the CSU community and public on critical sustainability issues with events ranging from panels and lectures to distinguished author receptions and informational gatherings. The School's Special Events features world-renowned scientists who travel from all over the globe to share their knowledge with the CSU campus and community.

"An Amazon Half Century in Science and Conservation" talk with Thomas Lovejoy

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016 | 1-2 pm | LSC Longs Peak Room 302

Enjoy a presentation on an overview of exploration and science in the Amazon basin from the first non-indigenous navigation of the world’s biggest river to issues of possible die-back today. Thomas Lovejoy is an innovative and accomplished conservation biologist who coined the term “biological diversity”. Lovejoy is a Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation and University Professor in the Environmental Science and Policy department at George Mason University. He is currently Chair of the Scientific Technical Advisory Panel for the Global Environmental Facility as well as an internationally renowned ecologist and conservation biologist who has worked at the interface of science and environmental policy in the Brazilian Amazon forest since 1965. He is also a member of the SoGES external advisory board.

"Brewing Sustainability" talk with Kim Jordan

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016 | 4-5:15 pm | LSC room 382

Kim Jordan, co-founder and former CEO of New Belgium Brewing, has cultivated her passion for social work, the environment, and community to create one of the most successful breweries in America. Her lifelong commitment to developing healthy communities has informed New Belgium's culture through progressive policies like employee ownership, open-book management, and philanthropic giving. Kim is an ex-board member of the Brewer's Association, a recent board member of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper's Renewable Energy Authority Board and is a current member of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability External Advisory Board at CSU. In her more than 20 years as an entrepreneur, Kim has spoken to thousands of people in the business, nonprofit, and academic worlds about how to create a vibrant and rewarding work culture that enhances the bottom line. Now as the Executive Chair of New Belgium’s Board of Directors, Kim is the visionary link, keeping New Belgium Brewing on a path of evolution to meet consumer needs of the future. Learn about Jordan's 20 years plus as an entrepreneur and tireless advocacy for environmental stewardship.

"Pulling Back the Curtain: A behind-the-scenes look at the changing world of Journalism" panel discussion with Nancy Baron

Tuesday, Sept 13, 2016 | 5-6:15 pm | LSC room 386

Leading science journalists debate how the media is changing, and what it means for communicating science to the public and policymakers. They will discuss exciting new trends in science journalism -- what’s hot and what’s not. They’ll also share their personal perspectives what makes a good science story, on how to get your stories told, and the do’s and don’ts of dealing with journalists. This lively session will encourage Q and A.

Moderator: Nancy Baron, COMPASS

Panelists:
Ashley Ahearn, KUOW, Earthfix
David Malakoff, Science Magazine
Christopher Joyce, National Public Radio
Hilary Rosner, Independent Journalist

School of Global Environmental Sustainability Open House

Friday May 6, 2016 | 3-5pm | 108 Johnson Hall

Featured will be the accomplishments of the 2015-2016 Global Challenges Research Teams (GCRT) and Resident Faculty Fellows. Research Teams are carefully selected CSU faculty groups who are funded with small grants to focus on global issues linking food, water, land management, disease, and biodiversity management as they are connected to climate change. Resident Fellows are carefully selected CSU faculty individuals whose scholarly contributions to sustainability and communication of environmental stewardship will be significantly enhanced by receiving a Fellowship.

Take this opportunity to network with them and the School’s Sustainability Leadership Fellows, Visiting Fellows, leadership and staff. 

Ignite Biodiversity

Wednesday, April 21, 2016 | 5pm-6:30pm | Avogadro's Number, 605 S. Mason

The Global Biodiversity Center hosts their 4th Annual Ignite Biodiversity. Join us for a fast paced, entertaining evening of IGNITE-style presentations that showcase and recognize the range of valuable biodiversity research being conducted at CSU. In the IGNITE format each speaker presents 20 slides in 5 minutes and as an entertaining bonus the slides progress automatically every 15 seconds (whether or not the speaker is ready).

SoGES Converge 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 | 5pm-6:30pm | Avogadro's Number, 605 S. Mason

Converge 2016 is an open forum to learn about CSU's sustainability centers and organizations and the opportunities to get involved. Each program will showcase their work with ample opportunity for questions and networking. Converge 2016 is free and open to the public.

Centers and programs:  

  • The Africa Center at CSU
  • Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis
  • Center for Managing Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Risk
  • Center for Protected Area Management
  • Colorado Forest Restoration Institute
  • Colorado Natural Heritage Program
  • Colorado State Forest Service at CSU
  • CSU Facilities
  • CSU Water Center
  • Earth System Modeling and Education Institute
  • Future Earth
  • Global Biodiversity Center
  • President's Sustainability Committee
  • Semi-arid Grasslands Research Center
  • Southern Rockies Fire Science Network
  • Student Sustainability Center
     

Past Events

 

Liz Neeley lecture, "The Ethics of Storytelling in Science Communication"

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 | 5:30pm-6:30pm | Lory Student Center Room 382

In recent years, many discussions of science communication have progressed from asking whether researchers should personally engage in it to how they might be most effective. While the merits and shortcomings of specific tools are useful to explore - for example, television versus social media - some skills are foundational and translate across all communication tools. Storytelling is one of those. Social scientists are studying narratives to understand why, exactly, they are so much more interesting, understandable, convincing, and memorable than other ways of packaging information. It is precisely because stories are powerful that scientists should use them, but also why they must be approached with intellectual honesty, ethical consideration, and personal integrity. This talk will explore the latest research on the topic of narrative persuasion and storytelling, and critically consider when and how such findings should be employed in science communication efforts.

School of Global Environmental Sustainability Open House

Friday May 8, 2015 | 4pm-6pm | 108 Johnson Hall

Featured will be the accomplishments of the 2014-2015 Global Challenges Research Teams (GCRT) and Resident Faculty Fellows. Research Teams are carefully selected CSU faculty groups who are funded with small grants to focus on global issues linking food, water, land management, disease, and biodiversity management as they are connected to climate change. Resident Fellows are carefully selected CSU faculty individuals whose scholarly contributions to sustainability and communication of environmental stewardship will be significantly enhanced by receiving a Fellowship.

Take this opportunity to network with them and the School’s Sustainability Leadership Fellows, Visiting Fellows, leadership and staff.  Learn about new developments and upcoming opportunities available at the School and meet the incoming GCRTs and Resident Fellows for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Ignite Biodiversity

Tuesday, May 6, 2015 | 5pm-6:30pm | Avogadro's Number, 605 S. Mason Street

In the IGNITE format each speaker presents 20 slides in 5 minutes, and as an entertaining bonus the slides progress automatically every 15 seconds (whether or not the speaker is ready). Fifteen scientists from CSU and agencies will speak about their work on a diversity of organisms (microbes, plants, insects, amphibians, birds, carnivores, ungulates, and elephants) and topics relating to biodiversity, including climate change, invasives, conservation genetics, community solutions, and ethics.

Biodiversity is the variation of all life on earth, from genes and species to communities and ecosystems. Biodiversity can be studied from the local to global scale and across the many levels of organization (genes to ecosystems).  In all systems, aquatic to terrestrial and managed to natural, biodiversity maintains life on our planet and underpins the ecosystem services vital to human well-being, including food, carbon storage, climate regulation and aesthetics and cultural support. However human activities threaten this biodiversity and species extinction continues to increase.

The Environmental Footprint of Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | 5pm - 6:30pm | Colorado State University Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom A

Guest Lecture Rob Jackson - Free and Open to the public | RSVP required

Unconventional energy generates income and, done well, can reduce air pollution compared to other fossil fuels and even water use. Alternatively, it could slow the adoption of renewables and, done poorly, release toxic chemicals into water and air. For years our research group has studied drinking water quality, asking the question, “Is water quality different for homeowners living near natural gas and oil wells compared to people living farther away?” In this talk I will answer that question for different chemical components, including stray gases, salts, metals, and organic compounds, presenting new research results and the work of others as evidence. I will also examine issues of air quality, including new results mapping methane leaks from wellpads and natural gas distribution systems.

Rob Jackson is Michelle and Kevin Douglas Provostial Professor in Stanford’s School of Earth Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and at the Precourt Institute for Energy. While at Duke University, he and his colleagues published the first studies examining drinking water quality and shale gas extraction, as well as several studies on wastewater disposal and naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORMS).  He also examines hydrocarbon emissions upstream from wellpads and downstream in cities, including the first maps of natural gas leaks across urban pipelines in Boston and Washington, D.C.   In recent years Jackson directed the DOE National Institute for Climate Change Research for the southeastern U.S., co-chaired the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Plan, and currently co-chairs the Global Carbon Project (www.globalcarbonproject.org).

Contact Allison Burford for more information at (970) 492-4215.

The Land of Cinnamon and Gold: 500 Years of Amazon Exploration and Science

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm | Colorado State University Behavioral Science room 131

Guest Lecture Thomas Lovejoy

An overview of exploration and science in the Amazon basin from the first non-indigenous navigation of the world’s biggest river to issues of possible die-back today. This lecture is based on Thomas Lovejoy’s perspective from 50 years of work in the Amazon.

Thomas Lovejoy is a Professor in the Department of Biology at George Mason University. He is also an External Advisory Board member for the School. Thomas is an ecologist who has spent time in the Brazilian Amazon since 1965 and works on the interface of science and environment policy. Starting in the 1970’s he helped bring attention to the issue of tropical deforestation and in the 1980 published the first estimate of global extinction rates (in the Global 2000 Report to the President). Thomas conceived the idea for the long term study on forest fragmentation in the Amazon (started in 1978) which is the largest experiment in landscape ecology, the Minimum Critical Size of Ecosystems project (also known as the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project).

Contact Allison Burford for more information at (970) 492-4215.

 

Converge 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015 | 5pm - 6:30pm | Avogadro's Number

Converge 2015 is an open forum to learn about CSU's sustainability centers and organizations and the opportunities to get involved. Each program will showcase their work with ample opportunity for questions and networking. 

Centers and programs participating:

  • Sustainability in Facilities Management
  • The Energy Institute
  • CSU Water Center and the Colorado Water institute
  • Colorado Natural Heritage Program
  • Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis
  • The Africa Center at CSU
  • Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands
  • Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes
  • Innovative Center for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Institute for the Built Environment
  • Center for the New Energy Economy
  • Eco Leaders Peer Education Program
  • President’s Sustainability Committee
  • Urban Water Center
  • Student Sustainability Center
  • Center for Collaborative Conservation
  • Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA
  • Colorado State Forest Service at CSU
  • Biodiversity Working Group
  • Living Green Team
  • The Semi-arid Grassland Research Center

AAAS Panel Discussion on Communicating Climate Science

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
PANEL DISCUSSION (no registration required) | noon - 1:30pm | LSC room 386

Hosted by the School of Global Environmental Sustainability
and the Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes

The ability to convey complex concepts effectively can help scientists successfully engage in a variety of public and professional interactions, including speaking with public audiences, conducting media interviews, writing grants proposals, discussing ideas with students, testifying before Congress, and/or participating in a public forum. This panel discussion will touch on all of these aspects, with a special emphasis on speaking to and initiating dialogue with public audiences regarding climate science and climate change adaptation and impact.

PANELISTS
Diana Wall, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, CSU
Jill Baron, US Geological Survey and Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, CSU
Scott Denning, Department of Atmospheric Science, CSU

MODERATOR:
Cindy Schmidt, Climate Voices, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and the United Nations Foundation

 

International Colloquium on Global Environmental Sustainability - Visions of Future Earth

Monday, October 6-7, 2014 | all day | Lory Student Center

All sessions are FREE and open to the public Visit the website here

A Theory of Change: The latest in science communication research and practice

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 5:30pm-6:30pm | Lory Student Center Grey Rock Room | FREE and open to the public

This lecture kicks-off a two day training for SoGES Sustainability Leadership Fellows with Liz Neeley and four well-known journalists. The focus will be on blending the academic communication with the case studies and hard-won lessons from those researchers and science communicators who are out there doing the work.

Liz Neeley, Assistant Director of Science Outreach | COMPASS

Liz helps develop and lead communications trainings for scientists, and she specializes in the social media and multimedia components of workshops and outreach efforts for COMPASS. Before joining COMPASS, Liz studied the evolution and visual systems of tropical reef fishes at Boston University. After grad school, she helped communities and researchers in Fiji and Papua New Guinea connect their knowledge of local coral reefs ecosystems to the media. She also dabbled in international science policy while working on trade in deep-sea corals. Liz is currently based in Seattle, at the University of Washington.

Watch the video here.

THE SCHOOL OF GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY OPEN HOUSE

Friday, May 9, 2014 | 4pm-6pm | 108 Johnson Hall

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University invites you to join us as we celebrate the academic year of research and projects and look forward to the upcoming year. Everyone is welcome and refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Featured are the accomplishments of the SoGES 2013-2014 Global Challenges Research Teams (GCRT) and Resident Faculty Fellows. Take this opportunity to network with them and with SoGES Sustainability Leadership Fellows, Visiting Fellows, leadership and staff.  Learn about new developments and upcoming opportunities at the School as well as meet the incoming GCRTs and Resident Fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year.

President's Community Lecture Series: Lessons from an Antractic Desert: The Hidden World and Response to Climate Change

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | 6:30pm | LSC North Ballroom

Dr. Wall is one of the world’s foremost experts in nematodes, microscopic worms vital to soil health and biodiversity. She is a recipient of the Tyler Prize, the premier international award for environmental science, a University Distinguished Professor, and the founder and director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at CSU. The School of Global Environmental Sustainability is at the core of sustainability research and education initiatives at CSU, allowing scholars and practitioners to apply interdisciplinary perspectives on pressing environmental issues around the globe through research, education, and outreach.

Concepts of Sustainable Development: Mongolia and Globally

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | 12-1:00pm | LSC Grey Rock Room

While making the successful transition to democracy and market economy since 1990, Mongolia laid down the foundations for prosperity. However, that transition also brought with it increased poverty and environmental degradation. Committed to reversing this trend, the Mongolian government has set a goal to become a green civilization—meeting the needs of the present while safeguarding the planet's resources. In this lunch-hour lecture, Chuluun will discuss what green development looks like in Mongolia and the introduction of his Global Sustainability Index (GSI) tool for providing synergy in the post 2015 development agenda. This event is free and open to the public.

Ignite Biodiversity hosted by Biodiversity Working Group

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 5-6:30pm | Avogadro's Number, 605 S. Mason St.

Join us for a fast paced, entertaining evening of IGNITE-style presentations by CSU's leading biodiversity scientists.

Each presenter has 20 slides, 15 second per slide, for a total of 5 minutes making it a super dynamic talk.

Visit http://biodiversity.colostate.edu/ to learn more about the Biodiversity Working Group supported by SoGES.

Watch the videos from this event here.

Dr Thomas Lovejoy lecture

Dr. Paul Ehrlich: Can a Collapse of Global Civilization Be Avoided?

February 17, 5pm-6pm | Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the Arts, CSU (Map | Directions & Parking)
Tickets are not required. Seating is first come first serve.

In the past, numerous civilizations have collapsed due to environmental problems. Now, for the first time, a global collapse due to multiple drivers (overpopulation overconsumption by the rich, poor choices of technologies, etc.) threatens. A dramatic cultural change is needed for averting calamity.

Click here for audio and video of this event.

Dr Thomas Lovejoy lecture

Stories from 48 Years of Amazon Science & Conservation

November 13th | 11:00am - 12:00pm | Lory Student Center room 224-226

Public lecture by External Advisory Board member Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, Professor of Science and Public Policy at George Mason University.

Watch the video here.

Dr Jon Foley lecture

Planet Levers: A More Strategic Approach to Global Sustainability

November 13th | 5:15pm - 6:15pm | Fort Collins Hilton Ballroom, 425 West Prospect Road

Public lecture by External Advisory Board member Dr. Jon Foley, Director of the Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota.

Followed by a panel discussion featuring:
Dr. Tom Lovejoy, George Mason University
Maggie Fox, The Climate Reality Project
Kim Jordan, New Belgium Brewing Company
Dr. Osvaldo Sala, Arizona State University

Watch event VIDEO here (produced by RAMProductions)

View event PHOTOGRAPHS here

The science of sustainability: Multiple approaches for a complex issue

October 30th  |  1:00pm - 2:00pm  |  CSU Lory Student Center room 228

Join us for a free public lecture by Dr. Ann Bartuska titled, "The science of sustainability: Multiple approaches for a complex issue."

Dr. Ann Bartuska is Deputy Under Secretary for USDA's Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area. The USDA REE Mission Area is dedicated to the creation of a safe, sustainable, competitive U.S. food and fiber system, and strong, healthy communities, families, and youth, through integrated research, analysis, and education.

Watch the video here.

Saving Gorillas by Saving People

Oct 7, 2013  |  4:00pm - 5:00pm  |  Lory Student Center Room 228

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Veterinarian and founder of Conservation Through Public Health. 

Hosted in part by the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and Sustainable African Ecosystems and Societies.

Watch the video here.

Emerging Threats of Health from Global Environmental Change

Oct 2, 2013  |  2:30pm - 4:00pm  |  Lory Student Center Room 230

Keynote speaker: Dr. Sam Myers of Harvard University 2:30pm-3:00pm

Followed by a Panel Discussion with panelists: Dr. Sam Myers, Harvard University/Dr. Jan E. Leach, CSU/Dr. C. Ben Beard, Center for Disease Control/Dr. Colleen Duncan, CSU.

This is part of CSU's International Colloquium on Global One Health  at the Lory Student Center from October 1-3, 2013.

Watch the video here.

Finding Your Voice: What Scientists Need to Know About Science Communication and the Risks & Rewards of Speaking Up

May 13, 2013  |  5:00pm - 6:00pm  |  Lory Student Center Grey Rock Room

Join us or a lively lecture given by Liz Neeley, Assistant Director of Science Outreach at COMPASS. Over the past decade, COMPASS has helped hundreds of scientists find their voices and share their science.

Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #COMPASSmtg. You can also follow Liz Neeley by tweeting @LizNeeley.

Watch the video of the talk.

Dr. Naomi Oreskes: When Knowledge Isn't Power: Science, Technology, and the Environment in the 21st Century

May 2, 2013  |  5:30-6:30pm  |  LSC North Ballroom
 
CSU and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability present Monfort Professor-in-Residence Dr. Naomi Oreskes, author of Merchants of Doubt, Plate Tectonics, and The Rejection of Continental Drift. 
 
Registration for this talk is encouraged, but not required, at advancing.colostate.edu/MonfortOreskes.

Watch the video of the lecture.

Ignite Biodiversity

April 9, 2013  |  5:00-7:00pm  |  222 Johnson Hall

Join us for a fun filled evening of biodiversity, Ignite-style. A 2 hour symposium with 15 speakers from across campus sharing their scientific research within a 5 minute timed period. This will be a humorous informational evening as you witness quickly shared presentations by well known CSU professors.
 
Raffle tickets will be given out at the beginning of the event. You may have the chance to win a gift card or SoGES memorabilia.
 

SoGES 2013 Open House

April 12, 2013  |  4:00-6:00pm  |  SoGES, 108 Johnson Hall

Join us as we celebrate the 2012-2013 academic year and accomplishments, highlighting the SoGES Global Challenges Research Teams and Resident Fellows. Come learn about our plans for 2013-2014 and ways you can get involved!

All of campus and the public is invited to attend. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served.