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Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) webinar series

CLEAN is putting on their regular professional development webinar series for primary and secondary school teachers again this spring. The webinars help teachers learn how to use the CLEAN collection to teach about climate and energy. Two new webinars this year highlight elementary climate teaching and teaching about climate consequences and solutions. Please pass the link to learn more and register to teachers in your networks. Next webinars are:
  • Tuesday, February 16, 4:00-5:00 p.m. - Teaching about climate and energy with CLEAN, presented by Karin Kirk.
  • Wednesday, February 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m. - It's us: Humans as agents of change within Earth's climate system, presented by Karin Kirk.
  • Thursday, March 4, 4:00-5:00 p.m. - Teaching climate consequences with CLEAN: Motivate and inspire, don't despair, presented by Karin Kirk.
  • And more to follow.

Mobile food pantry

Wednesday, February 17, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Parking lot parking lot 470, CU Boulder main campus, next to Wolf Law Building
CU Boulder students, faculty and staff and residents of Boulder County are welcome to walk up or drive through to receive up to 30 pounds of free food in multiple boxes. A line following public health requirements, including masking and social distancing, will be in place for walk-up attendees. Staff will be present to direct vehicle traffic in the drive-through lane, where food will be loaded into your trunk. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Racial Equity Challenge for Institutes 2021

Signups through Wednesday, February 17, 5:00 p.m.
Meetings on Fridays, February 26 and March 5, 12, and 19
Members of CU institutes (faculty, staff, students, and affiliates) are invited to join the Racial Equity Challenge for Institutes 2021. Join your peers from all 12 CU institutes in an online experience that will give us common language and understanding to work collaboratively toward being anti-racist, anti-oppressive, welcoming and inclusive organizations. The core of the Challenge is the CU Boulder Coursera Anti-Racism 1 free course developed by UCB Ethnic Studies’ Shawn O’Neal and Jennifer Ho. Read more and sign up on the Challenge webpage.

Restore Colorado webinar

Wednesday, February 17, 3:00-4:00 p.m. 
Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) will host a free informational webinar about Restore Colorado, a table to farm movement in Boulder to scale up regenerative agriculture. Register via Eventbrite.

On board with MOSAiC: How an Arctic research expedition can engage students in Earth's systems thinking

Meet Me in the Middle webinar
Thursday, February 18, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
K-12 educators: learn how to connect your classroom to the one of the largest Arctic expeditions ever conducted, that froze a research ship into the Arctic ice for a year. Join the hundreds of teachers that have already brought the unprecedented science and adventure of the MOSAiC research expedition into their classrooms with Arctic Feedbacks, a middle/high school curriculum tied to NGSS Earth’s Systems standards in which students explore parts of the Arctic climate system to understand why the Arctic may be warming twice as fast as the rest of the world. Curriculum developer Jon Griffith will connect webinar participants with 360° virtual tours, online simulations, and authentic Arctic datasets included as part of this MOSAiC-inspired unit. Please share with teachers in your network! Find out more and register online.

What is the future of hydraulic fracturing in the U.S. and Colorado?

Friday, February 19, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Join the Colorado Local Science Engagement Network (CO-LSEN) for a webinar on the future of hydraulic fracturing in the U.S. and Colorado. This two-panel event will explore how economics, technology, politics, and science may shape the future of hydraulic fracturing nationally and within Colorado. Our panelists from around the country will share unique perspectives as scientists, decision-makers, experts, and community members. See more and register online.

Environmental Futures Mellon Sawyer Seminar Spring speaker series

Climate change affects specific peoples, communities, wildlife species, and ecosystems in varying and inequitable ways. This speaker series circles the theme of Deep Horizons: Making Visible an Unseen Spectrum of Ecological Casualties & Prospects, traversing multiple perspectives to investigate intersectional questions concerning the changing planet. See more and register for the seminars on the Environmental Futures website.
  • Tuesday, February 23, 5:00-6:00 p.m. - Macarena Gómez-Barris, chair, Pratt Institute
  • Monday, March 1, 1:00-2:00 p.m. - Edgar Heap of Birds, artist
  • Tuesday, March 9, 1:00-2:00 p.m. - Nicholas Mirzoeff, author and visual activist

A Walk in the Woods with Tracy Fullerton

Wednesday, February 24, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
As part of the ATLAS Institute's yearlong Whaaat!? Festival, join a conversation with Tracy Fullerton, creator of the award-winning video game, "Walden, a Game" an interactive excursion into nature inspired by Henry David Thoreau's book, Walden. Register via the CU Events Calendar.

Environmental Engineering Social Justice Series

The Environmental Engineering Undergraduates invite you to the spring semester continuation of their Environmental Justice Speaker Series. The series is hosted by the Society of Environmental Engineers in collaboration with the Environmental Engineering Program, BOLD Center, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers. Please save the dates and plan to join the seminars on Zoom:
  • Monday, March 22, 3:00-4:00 p.m. - Environmental justice and human health, by Joan Casey, Columbia University.
  • Monday, April 12, 5:30-7:00 p.m. -  Environmental justice issues in northeast Denver, panel discussion.

Opportunities and awards


Outreach and engagement award for staff

Nominate by Wednesday, March 24
Do you know staff doing exemplary outreach and engagement work? Consider nominating them for this year’s $5,000 Anne K. Heinz Staff Award for Excellence in Outreach and Engagement. See more on the OOE website.

Inside the Greenhouse Comedy & Climate Change short video competition

Apply by April 1
Humor is an underused tool in climate change communication; yet comedy has the power to connect people, information, ideas, and new ways of thinking/acting. In this 6th annual competition, Inside the Greenhouse seeks to harness the powers of climate comedy through compelling, resonant and meaningful videos, up to two minutes in length, to meet people where they are and open them up to new and creative engagement. Successful entries will have found the funny while relating to climate change issues. Each entry will be reviewed by a committee composed of students, staff and faculty at CU Boulder. See the Inside the Greenhouse website for info on submitting your own two-minute-or-less creation, filmed within the last year. Contest open to all CU Boulder students and any resident of Planet Earth who is not also CU Boulder faculty or staff.
  • 1st place: $400 prize
  • 2nd place: $250
  • 3rd place: $100



Future Earth and the United Nations FCCC launch 2020 10 New Climate Insights

Unaccounted emissions from permafrost, threats to the land sink, impacts on mental health and freshwater, COVID-19 outcomes, and rights-based litigation to address climate change. These are some of the most recent findings in climate change science summarized in Future Earth's 10 New Insights in Climate Science 2020. This interdisciplinary report was launched in an online event featuring Patricia Espinosa, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held on 27 January. It is based on a paper simultaneously released in the journal Global Sustainability.
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