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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.



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.

Trash the Runway exhibit

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.

Repair Your Wear

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

All are invited to this student-organized event where you'll learn the skills to repair your own clothing and textile items! You'll also hear about the environmental/social implications 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.

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. 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?
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.

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.
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