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Science & environmental engagement news

SCENE is coming from a new place on campus: the Center for Creative Climate Communication and Behavioral Change (C3BC). The activities of the informal Albert A. Bartlett Science Communication Center, including the publication of SCENE, are folding into C3BC. We're excited to be part of this vital and energized center that is changing how we think about climate crises and solutions, and moving the needle on behavior change.



Trash the Runway exhibit

Tuesday, August 9 through September 6
CU Museum of Natural History, Biolounge
Main campus: 1035 Broadway

Young designers. Creative genius. Inspiring fashions. The CU Museum is once again decked out with a special collection of original garments, designed and constructed by local artists in grades 6-12. Stop by the BioLounge to see this season's coolest haute couture creations, made from upcycled materials, as part of Boulder's own Trash the Runway fashion show. Learn how making better decisions about the clothing we buy and how we dispose of it can better support the planet, a trend that is always in style! In English and Spanish. See more on the museum's website.

Bella Gaia: Beautiful Earth

Saturday, August 13, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Fiske Planetarium and Science Center
Main campus: 2414 Regent Drive
$12 adults; $8 children, seniors, and veterans

Bella Gaia is a globally recognized immersive experience on the planetarium dome created by award winning director, composer, and violinist Kenji Williams. Amazing imagery of the Earth from space, data visualizations, and stirring music and dance from around the world are threaded by an orbiting flight path and stunning NASA imagery from the International Space Station. Bella Gaia tells a cosmic story, exploring both human and natural expressions of the living universe, illuminating the relationship between human civilization and nature as we enter the Anthropogenic Age.

Sustainable Living Buff meetup

Monday, August 22, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
University Memorial Center (UMC) room 247
Main campus: 1669 Euclid Avenue

Undergraduate students: learn how you can be a sustainable Buff! Chat with other incoming students who appreciate the environment and learn about relevant CU clubs and organizations. Hosted by the CU Environmental Center.

Campus green tour

Tuesday, August 23, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Meet at the Environmental Center, UMC 355

Come see for yourself all the features that make CU Boulder one of the most sustainable campuses in the nation. We will see pollinator gardens, bike stations, solar panels, our on-campus recycling facility, and more. Be prepared to walk all over campus and get to know it better in the process. Tour is designed for new students, but all are welcome. Register via a Google form.

Coloradan Conversations

Climate change and its impact on human rights
Wednesday, September 7, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
CASE Building, Chancellor’s Hall and Auditorium
Main campus: 1725 Euclid Avenue
Or Zoom

From increasing droughts and wildfires to polluted air and deforestation, natural disasters have an enormous impact on humans, including Indigenous ways of life. Inspired by a recent collection in the Coloradan—“Justice for Earth, Justice for Humans”—CU experts and faculty will share insights and research during this discussion. Join the conversation and leave inspired to take action. Register through the online calendar entry.

Sacred Responses to Climate Change

Friday, September 23, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Center for Community (C4C), Abrams Lounge, S336

This interfaith panel discussion focuses on sacred responses to the environmental crisis. Panelists Loriliai Biernacki, Tink Tinker, Sam Boyd, and David Takahashi will discuss how religious ethics are shaping environmental ethics from a Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and Indigenous perspective.



New center explores human dimensions of environmental challenges

CIRES’ Center for Social and Environmental Futures (C-SEF) will unite CU Boulder researchers across disciplines to address how environmental challenges will impact people and communities, and how people and communities can develop successful solutions. “My hope for C-SEF is that we will be a catalyst for creativity, collaboration, clear thinking and pragmatism in addressing environmental problems, and that we will build bridges across academic disciplines and sectors of society,” said CIRES Fellow and C-SEF director Matthew Burgess. Read the story on the CIRES website, or visit the C-SEF website.


Outreach funding available

Apply by Sunday, August 14
The Office for Outreach and Engagement is currently accepting proposals for Community Impact Grants and Micro Grants. Faculty, staff, and grad students with faculty support can apply to fund projects that connect research, teaching and creative work with communities external to CU Boulder around Colorado and beyond and fit with the campus' strategic priorities of fostering innovation, training tomorrow’s leaders and positively impacting humanity. See the Office for Outreach and Engagement website for details and how to apply.

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