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Trash the Runway exhibit

Last day is 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.

Repair Your Wear

Wednesday, September 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Idea Forge, main campus

All are invited to this student-organized workshop where you'll learn the skills to repair your own clothing and textile items. You'll also hear about the environmental and social costs of the fashion industry and enjoy some delicious food. Learning stations will teach you how to repair your wear using hand sewing and machine sewing techniques. Take a step toward sustainability and away from consumerism with this workshop. Bring any damaged clothing you want to repair, but if you don't have any, we will have plenty of clothing and fabric to practice with. Learn more and register on the calendar event webpage.

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 Clint Carroll (CNAIS/GEOG), Phadra Pezzulo (C3BC/CMCI), and Emily Yeh (GEOG) will share insights and research during this discussion. Join the conversation and leave inspired to take action. See more and register on the Alumni Association website.

The Future of Transportation and Energy in Colorado

Wednesday, September 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
SEEC, 4001 Discovery Drive
CU Boulder East Campus

Working our way out of climate instability starts with each of us being willing to open our minds to change. We, in Colorado, can lead the way. Hear from R. Paul Williamson as he overviews Sustainable Transportation and Energy's innovative 21st Century Sustainable Synergy Business Model, which sets the stage for a better, faster, and cleaner sustainable transportation system. A first of its kind, the model outlines a system built around a hydrail high-speed commuter rail, accessed through Community Opportunity Stations and underwritten with STE’s own net-zero+ solar/wind microgrid. Six years of planning is now bringing this plan to fruition, opening low-zero fares, no taxes, no government funding, thousands of jobs, miles of bike/ped “Healthways,” international involvement, affordable housing, hydrogen/EV fueling/charging stations, solar panel manufacturing/recycling/repurposing, hydrail coach manufacturing and much more. It's time for everyone to GET ON BOARD!" See more and register on the Meetup event webpage.

Coffee & Conversations on Community Engagement

How do we talk about our community-engaged work?
Thursday, September 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to the Coffee and Conversations on Community Engagement series, which explores themes in community-engaged scholarship--from the language we use to social issues we address to how we build relationships with external community partners. These informal events are designed for conversation and opportunities to workshop ideas. We learn together with help from colleagues across campus, as well as staff from the Office for Outreach and Engagement and CU Engage. Those new to outreach and community-engaged scholarship and veteran practitioners are welcome. The series is hosted by the Office for Outreach and Engagement, in collaboration with CU Engage, the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Volunteer Resource Center. Register on the event page.

Climate Action Sunday: The Air We Breathe

Sunday, September 18, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont

From wildfires to vehicles on the road, a multitude of factors impact our air quality. This free, family-friendly event features information tables, kids' activities, and a panel discussion with Lisa McKenzie of Colorado School of Public Health, Boulder County climate and health strategist Collin Tomb, and NCAR scientist Forrest Lacey. See more and register on the event webpage.

Human Rights and Corporate Decision Making

Thursday, September 22, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Koelbel Building, room 341, Leeds School of Business
995 Regent Drive, CU Boulder main campus

Through the lens of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the First Nations whose land the project routes through, this program will explore how corporate decisions in energy infrastructure development can have serious negative impacts on downstream communities and populations. Co-presented by First Peoples Worldwide and the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility. See the event webpage for details and to register.

Accelerating Climate Capacity, Engagement, and Leadership Summit (ACCELS)

Thursday, September 22 - Friday, September 23
$20 (fee waivers available)

Join us for the ACCEL Summit, convened by the CLEAN Network! Climate and energy literacy leaders will come together to share, learn, and explore collaborations for the next year. Now is the time to come together to develop a learning and action network that can advance a shared vision and systemic change. Anyone who works in climate and energy education is invited to participate. We are striving to make our event equitable and welcoming to all. Our specific goals are to ensure racial equity and inclusivity, with the goal of making a place for all voices at the table. We will use information provided by participants in the registration process for strategic planning purposes, and are requiring that participants pay a small fee through our University system which allows us to compensate our speakers for their time. Please note that registrants will be asked to complete registration through Eventbrite, and then in the University system to gain access to the online event. Register via Eventbrite.

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 will discuss how religious ethics are shaping environmental ethics from a Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and Indigenous perspective. The event is sponsored by the Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies (CNAIS), Department of Religious Studies, Environmental Studies, and Ethnic Studies. See more and register on the CNAIS website.

Social Science and Sustainability Technology Workshop

Friday, October 21, 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Kittredge Central Hall
2480 Kittredge Loop Drive
CU Boulder main campus

Developing and deploying new technologies will be key to decoupling the dramatic improvements of the past century in human material well-being from their environmental impacts. Developing and deploying sustainability technologies at scale is a complex social, political, and engineering challenge. Please join us for an in-person workshop that will bring together North American thought leaders working on the social science aspects of this challenge. Sponsored by the CIRES Center for Social and Environmental Futures (C-SEF) and the Center for Creative Climate Communication and Behavior Change (C3BC). Visit the Eventbrite page to see the topics and speakers and to register for this free event.

CU on the Weekend

What do you do when the earth shakes? Children, adults, and generational gaps in protective action behavior
Saturday, October 22, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
CASE building, 4th floor auditorium

Lori Peek, director of the Natural Hazards Center, will share her research team's study of how people react during a crisis, and whether they remember and follow guidance given during drills commonly conducted in K-12 classrooms. The team conducted in-depth interviews after the 2018 Anchorage, Alaska earthquake and the 2019 Ridgecrest, California earthquakes. Peek will share what children and adults did in the earthquakes, as well as the factors that shaped whether they took the correct recommended protective actions. She will also explain how the findings from this study can help inform our understanding of risk communication and preparedness for other hazards such as wildfires, floods and tornadoes. See more and register on the Office for Outreach and Engagement website.

Community-engaged scholarship showcase

Saturday, October 22, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
CASE building, 4th floor auditorium

The showcase will immediately follow Lori Peek’s CU on the Weekend lecture (above). Audience members will have the opportunity to talk with CU Boulder faculty, staff and students conducting community-engaged scholarship related to the implications of climate change. The Office for Outreach and Engagement is producing the showcase and Peek’s lecture in partnership with RIO’s Research & Innovation Week, October 17-22.



Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Summit announces speakers, panels

The December summit, a partnership between the United Nations and CU Boulder, will feature climate and human rights activist Kumi Naidoo as a keynote speaker. He joins keynote speakers Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and climate justice advocate, and Sheila Watt-Cloutier, indigenous rights leader and Nobel Prize nominee. Panels will open up impacts, obligations, and solutions in the climate and human rights space. See more and sign up for updates on the summit website.



Sidewalk Symposium

Undergraduate research showcase

UROP's Sidewalk Symposium invites undergraduates to share their research and creative work with chalk on campus walkways—all in collaboration with a professional artist. The Sidewalk Symposium is scheduled for October 18 as part of CU Boulder's Research & Innovation Week. UROP welcomes undergraduates at any stage of their project timeline to participate in this year's Sidewalk Symposium by creating colorful visual presentations of their projects using nothing but chalk. UROP funding is not needed to participate. See more and apply on the event webpage.

Young Women's Voices for Climate
Vocal empowerment for youth

Please share with youth or colleagues who work with youth grades 5-12. SPEAK is recruiting a new group of female-identifying and gender expansive youth, or those who benefit from a female-focused approach to climate, to join Young Women's Voices for Climate. On Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00, through the fall semester, participants will be led through the SPEAK vocal empowerment curriculum to empower their own voices for self and civic advocacy. They will explore vocal and physical exercises, journaling for self-exploration, and performance-based creations to engage them in using their voices to speak out on their most passionate concerns. This will culminate in a creative public sharing of voices focused on human rights and climate change (likely in association with the UN “Right Here Right Now” event). See more and register for this free program using a Google form.

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