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Global Sustainability Conference

Tuesday-Thursday, October 12-14
All CU Boulder faculty, staff and students have free access to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) virtual Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education. The conference is the largest stage to exchange effective models, policies, research, collaborations and transformative actions that advance sustainability in higher education and surrounding communities. With the theme of “The future is …”, this year’s conference reflects the uncertainty about the future that many feel and invites participants to recommit themselves to the urgent work of building a future that is sustainable, equitable, and resilient. Register online from the Environmental Center website, and watch live or play recorded sessions later.

SEEC Community Garden Care

Thursday, October 14, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Garden outside SEEC, on the east side of the building near the exit from the SEEC loading dock
East Campus

Join us to weed, plant, and play in the SEEC Community Garden! The Environmental Center is hosting a volunteer session to take care of our garden--all are welcome to share in the work and the harvest. Send any questions to

Bird's Eye View: A Virtual Celebration

Thursday, October 14, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Bird’s Eye View is an art and science project exploring barn swallows and other local bird species. Based upon art and notes created observing various species of birds, 11 high school students created bird costumes and puppets to embody avian movements. Students also explored the written word integrating information about a bird of their choosing and their feeling of connection with it. These scripts were used to perform public Art Hikes within Boulder’s Open Space Mountain Parks, and we have the recording! These videos filmed in OSMP lands integrate movement, science, words, and music from the imaginations of our city’s youth within various Open Space Mountain Park trails. Come virtually meet the program directors and student artists and see each trail from a bird’s eye view. Here's to a future that’s looking up. A link to the virtual meeting location will be provided with your registration.

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) webinar series

CLEAN is putting on their regular professional development webinar series for K-12 educators again this fall. Please share this info with your networks that include teachers wanting to bring climate and energy into their classrooms. We host this to help teachers learn how to use the CLEAN collection to teach about climate and energy. Find more information about each session and register to attend on the CLEAN website. The next few webinars include:
  • Tuesday, October 19, 4:00-5:00 p.m.: Teaching about climate and energy with CLEAN, presented by Karin Kirk.
  • Tuesday, October 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m.: It’s us: Humans as agents of change within Earth’s climate system, by Karin Kirk.
  • Wednesday, November 3, 4:00-5:00 p.m.: The UC Berkeley Understanding Global Change Project and CLEAN, presented by Jessica Bean (UC Berkeley).

Coffee & conversations on community engagement

Thursday, October 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Want to learn about or connect with others interested in outreach and community-engaged research, teaching and creative work? Faculty, staff and students are invited to drop in to these informal, virtual community-building opportunities, hosted by the Office for Outreach and Engagement and CU Engage. See more info and register for the Zoom link on the OOE website.

Can humans live with wildfire?

CU on the Weekend
Saturday, November 13, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Talk will take place on Zoom.
As climate-worsened wildfires devastate homes and communities, what information do we need to reduce risk of catastrophic fire? Research and experience suggest residents in fire-prone communities can effectively prepare for wildfires and reduce the odds of losing their homes. But moving residents to action is a big challenge. In this CU on the Weekend talk, Hannah Brenkert-Smith will discuss the role of social science and how local data can improve engagement with residents living in fire-prone communities. She will describe a unique team of researchers and wildfire practitioners working together to develop effective evidence-based wildfire education programs. Register to receive the Zoom link.



The Carillon at Boulder Creek - speaking opportunities

The Carillon at Boulder Creek is a senior living community seeking presentations for residents on a wide variety of sustainability or science topics, from geology to waste to renewable energy to anything else that folks are studying. Do you, or your students, need to give presentations for a course? Are you developing a public-interest talk on a passion project? This is a great chance to speak for 45 minutes to an hour with an enthusiastic, interested general audience (and, I might add, regular voters). Interested students or faculty should contact program supervisor Daisy Marshall at or 720 565-6844.


Creative (Climate) Communications for a Better World

CU on the Weekend lecture recording now available
Did you miss Max Boykoff's CU on the week lecture on September 25 about climate change communications? Conversations about climate change at the science-policy interface, and in our lives, have been stuck. In this lecture, Max Boykoff highlighted dimensions of his book Creative (Climate) Communications that integrate lessons from the social sciences and humanities to more effectively make connections through issues, people, and things that everyday citizens care about. He argued that a “silver buckshot” approach can help to effectively re-capture a common ground about climate change in the public arena, increasing our engagements to more effectively meet the scale of present and future climate-related challenges. Watch it on YouTube!


Boulder Forum on Economy, Climate and Community

Recordings now available. Watch talks and panels a unique series on the role of the economy in both climate change and ultimately climate stabilization, hosted by the City of Boulder. Listen in to Jeffrey Sachs on economic policy and sustainable development goals; Lolita Jackson and Robert Hockett on economic drivers that perpetuate carbon-based energy systems; Kate Raworth on a the "doughnut economy" that meets everyone's needs within planetary limits; John Liu on redirecting the economy to regenerate the living world; Representative Joe Neguse on regenerative economic policy; and science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson on imagining a hopeful future. Find out more on the City of Boulder website and join in!

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