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Campus sustainability walking tours

Wednesday, September 1, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 2, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Friday, September 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

University Memorial Center (UMC), room 355
1669 Euclid Avenue, Boulder
Come see for yourself all of the features that make CU Boulder one of the most sustainable campuses in the nation. From pollinator gardens to bike stations, solar panels to zero waste, see for yourself how we take sustainability at CU Boulder. Be prepared to walk all over campus and get to know it better in the process. See the calendar event to rsvp.

Action and climate change learning

Webinar series for educators
Thursday, September 9, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
The last in a virtual webinar series to provide teachers, informal educators, youth organizers, and researchers with a forum to reimagine climate change education for a more just and sustainable world. We’ll focus on how to be more supportive of youth emotional experiences and oriented towards just and ethical action on climate change. In this webinar, we explore what educators need to know about climate change action and how to support climate change action learning. Featuring talks by Ramon Gabrieloff-Parish, Tim Swinehart, and Clint Carroll. Hosted by Kelsey Tayne and Dan Liston and supported by the School of Education, Environmental Studies program, CU Museum of Natural History, and Office for Outreach and Engagement. See more and register on the event webpage.

Art + Science + Action Partnerships cohort info session

Friday, September 10, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Art + Science + Action Partnerships Cohort Program Info Session
CU Boulder graduate students in the arts, sciences, humanities and interdisciplinary programs and artists and arts organizations in Colorado are invited to join an info session to learn about the Art + Science + Action Partnerships cohort program. Cohort members will learn how to develop and facilitate collaborative projects to address place based social and environmental issues related to climate change, including how to nurture equal and meaningful partnerships and maximize public impact. See the program webpage to learn more about the program and apply by September 13.

Climate change learning gathering for educators

Saturday-Sunday, September 11-12, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
CU Boulder main campus
Are you located in the Front Range? Join us for a free in-person event for Colorado educators of any discipline who work with adolescents! This event will provide teachers, informal educators, and youth organizers with tools and ideas to improve how they teach climate change to be more supportive of youth emotional experiences and oriented towards just and ethical action on climate change. Featuring workshops, panels, and opportunities to connect and exchange ideas with other educators and researchers. Lunch will be provided. Due to yet to be determined COVID-19 restrictions, we will have limited capacity. Fill out the interest form online to be eligible to register for the event.

The modernization of Antarctica’s McMurdo Station

Tuesday, September 14, 7:00 p.m.
Join OZ Architecture principal Rick Petersen as he discusses the firm's redesign of McMurdo Station, Antarctica, a scientific research center at the bottom of the world. Currently, a 65-year old station serves as the primary logistical hub for the National Science Foundation's Polar Program, supporting inquiry across 5 realms of science. The focus of McMurdo's modernization is the improvement of resource efficiency and to support the wellness and well-being of up to 1,200 researchers living and working in the driest, coldest, windiest place on Earth. Register on the CU Museum of Natural History’s calendar page. Presented in conjunction with Antarctica: More than Meets the Eye, a new exhibit on the LTER, coming soon to the CU Museum of Natural History.

Boulder Forum on Economy, Climate and Community

Boulder is hosting a unique online discussion about the role of the economy in both climate change and ultimately climate stabilization. Drawing on leaders in fields central to solving both the climate crisis and a series of interrelated crises—energy systems, material economy/consumption, ecosystems and biodiversity—the webinars will underscore the focus on the role of the economy in driving these crises as well as its potential role in their solutions. Find out more on the City of Boulder website and join in! Upcoming talks include:
  • Wednesday, September 15, 12:00-1:30 p.m. - Joe Neguse - Building new economic policy that regenerates communities and the environment
  • Thursday, October 7, 12:00-1:30 p.m. - Kim Stanley Robinson - Imagining the path forward: Finding a hopeful story for an ominous future
Previous sessions are recorded on the City's website, including 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; and John Liu on redirecting the economy to regenerate the living world.

Coffee & conversation on community engagement

Thursday, September 23, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Outside on the front patio of Continuing Education, CU Boulder main campus
Masks encouraged in this outdoor space and required for entering the building.
Future meetings will be 12:00-1:30 on Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 17, April 21, and will take place virtually.
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 anytime and invite their colleagues to these informal community-building opportunities. Coffee & Conversations is a fun way for attendees to connect with others from across campus, including staff from hosting groups Office for Outreach and Engagement and CU Engage, while they also learn from one another and generate informal conversation about key topics related to working with communities external to CU Boulder. See more and register by September 20.

Climate Cabaret: A cabaret of short climate-themed plays and songs

September 24 - October 3
University Theatre, main campus
$22, discounts available for CU Boulder folks, seniors, youth, and groups
CU Theatre & Dance partners with Climate Change Theatre Action 2021 in New York City to produce ten brief climate plays by authors from around the world interspersed with fun Cabaret-style musical numbers. Humor, passion and imagination are put to work envisioning an equitable, survivable and thrive-able future for all life and the ecosystems upon which life depends. Performance is captioned, signed, and wheelchair-accessible (with parking and companion seating available); service animals welcome.

Creative (climate) communications for a better world

CU on the Weekend
Saturday, September 25, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Talk will take place on Zoom.
Conversations about climate change at the science-policy interface, and in our lives, have been stuck. During this CU on the Weekend lecture, Max Boykoff will highlight dimensions of his book Creative (Climate) Communications that integrate lessons from social sciences and humanities to more effectively make connections through issues, people, and things that everyday citizens care about. He argues that a "silver buckshot" approach is needed, where strategies effectively reach different audiences in different contexts leading to more meaningful, substantive, and sustained responses to contemporary climate challenges. This approach can help to effectively recapture 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. Register to receive the Zoom link.

Life in the Plasticene exhibit

Now through October 3
Arbor Institute, 1708 13th Street, Boulder
This exhibit integrates art, ecological science, and storytelling to explore the merging streams of life and plastic worldwide. From microplastics in Colorado streams to cattle foraging for food amongst the plastic waste in India, the exhibition asks: “how did we get here, and where do we go from here?" Photography, films, artifacts, and interviews spark connections, curiosity, and creative thinking. Featuring the work of NeST Fellows Patrick Chandler and David Oonk. See more on the Arbor Institute website.


Climate Justice Leadership Program

apply by Tuesday, September 7
Hosted by the Environmental Center, the Climate Justice Leadership Program empowers students with the knowledge and skills to advance linked sustainability and social justice efforts. The program builds a community of change agents, explores questions of identity and place, heritage and inheritance, root causes of the global unraveling, disproportionate impacts of the climate crisis, and creates community solutions. We will also meet with and learn from practitioners in the field. Applicants should be able to attend weekly meetings throughout Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters with guest speakers, workshops and tours. There is no participation fee. Limited paid fellowships are available for those needing compensation to participate. See more and register on the Environmental Center's website.

Art + Science + Action Partnerships cohort - info sessions and application process

apply by Monday, September 13
CU Boulder graduate students in the arts, sciences, humanities and interdisciplinary programs and artists, and arts organizations in Colorado, are invited to join an info session to learn about the Art + Science + Action Partnerships cohort program and to apply for the 2021-22 cohort. Cohort members will learn how to develop and facilitate collaborative projects to address place based social and environmental issues related to climate change. The program helps participants forge partnerships, prototype project activities, equitably and meaningfully collaborate with artists and community members, and maximize the public impact of their research.

Cohort members

  • Can receive up to $1,000 to fund collaborative projects.
  • Receive guidance and mentorship from scientists, artists, community organizations, and other academics and community members on how to turn research and creative work into action.
  • Attend monthly online workshops that include talks, reading materials, peer-to-peer exchange, and assistance finding collaborative partners and developing a project.
  • Will exhibit collaborative work on art/science/action project works and/or documentation of project in a cohort exhibition in fall 2022.

See the program web page to find information sessions, learn more, and apply.

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