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Accessing rangeland knowledge with LandPKS webinar series

Housed within the Sustainability Innovation Lab at Colorado (SILC), The Land Potential Knowledge System, or LandPKS, supports ranchers, rangeland managers, and other land managers with open-source tools that allow them to easily collect, share, and interpret their own soil, vegetation cover, and management data. This webinar series targets rangeland managers and others who are interested in learning how to use LandPKS and in exploring the app’s new Habitat and Soil Health modules in a rangeland management context. Each 45-minute webinar will focus on a different aspect of using LandPKS on rangelands and is a collaboration between LandPKS and the Nature Conservancy. Register via Zoom. Please share with your networks!
  • Tuesday, March 2, 1:00-1:45 p.m. - Learning about your land and its potential
  • Tuesday, March 9, 1:00-1:45 p.m. - Monitoring vegetation and understanding habitat
  • Tuesday, March 16, 1:00-1:45 p.m. - Monitoring soil health

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. Past webinars are available on the CLEAN website. Upcoming webinars are:
  • Thursday, March 4, 4:00-5:00 p.m. - Teaching climate consequences with CLEAN: Motivate and inspire, don't despair, presented by Karin Kirk. This is a new webinar this year!
  • Tuesday, March 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m. - The UC Berkeley Understanding Global Change Project and CLEAN, presented by Jessica Bean.

Eco-Social Solutions series

Community leaders share strategies and ideas that advance climate action, food security, social justice and sustainability on a local level in these webinars hosted by the Environmental Center. Students will gain valuable insights into community approaches and leadership as well as base knowledge of core topics in sustainability and social justice. Register via CU's events calendar. The next talk in the biweekly series is
  • Thursday, March 4, 5:00-6:30 p.m. - Engaging underrepresented voices in climate action, by Angela Ortiz-Roa, Indya Love, and other community partners of Foundations for Leaders Organizing on Water and Sustainability (FLOWS).

2021 Spring Diversity & Inclusion Summit

Office of Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement (ODECE)
Tuesday, March 9
The unprecedented events in our nation are actively challenging us to choose between comfort or courage in how we learn, teach, and work. The loss of connection has impacted the ways we interact in a physically separated world. The theme of this semester’s virtual Diversity and Inclusion Summit is “The Power of Community - Courage, Healing, and Unity.” Our need for a more inclusive, diverse and equitable environment has deepened the importance of courage, healing, and unity as we move forward together through these uncertain times. We hope that you will join us remotely to engage with, draw strength from, and be inspired by the power of our community. See more about the sessions and register for them individually on the ODECE website.

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, March 9, 5:00-6:00 p.m. - Nicholas Mirzoeff, author and visual activist
  • Monday, March 15, 1:00-2:00 p.m. - Robert Bailey
  • Monday, March 29, 1:00-2:00 p.m. - Carlie Trott, Social and Community Psychology, University of Cincinnati

Sustainable Solutions Challenge ideation workshop

Wednesday, March 10, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Students are invited to share their ideas for making our community more sustainable by creating short-pitch presentations for the second annual Buffs Sustainable Solutions Challenge, with cash prizes. This Environmental Center proposal workshop will help interested students understand pitch components, refine their ideas, meet each other, and receive ideas and feedback from campus sustainability staff.

Community-engaged scholarship coffee hour

Community partnerships in the pandemic
Thursday, March 18, 12:00-1:00
Please register by March 17
Join us virtually to discuss how we are grappling with community partnerships in the COVID era with guests who are doing exemplary work. CU Boulder faculty, staff and students are invited to this monthly coffee hour sponsored by the Office for Outreach and Engagement and CU Engage to build community across campus and generate conversation about research, teaching and creative work that connects with off-campus communities. Learn more about these coffee hours, held during the academic year on the third Thursday of most months.

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


Sustainability Awards call for nominations

Nominate by March 5
Hosted by the Environmental Center, Sustainability Awards recognize outstanding students, faculty, staff, alumni, and departments who demonstrate a sincere commitment to transforming the CU-Boulder campus into a living laboratory for sustainability through innovation that directly reduces the university's ecological footprint, enhances social cohesion and equity in the campus community and/or integrates sustainability into the culture of Boulder and our local communities. Since 1997, the awards have served to make sustainability part of CU-Boulder’s ongoing education, research, planning, operational and outreach programs, and to share information about initiatives and activities related to environmental stewardship and sustainability.

2021 Green Labs Awards call for nominations

Nominate by March 5
Do you know an individual or group on the CU Boulder campus that has made a significant contribution to advance sustainability of laboratory research or teaching? We are now accepting nominations for the annual Green Labs Awards, where individuals and teams are recognized for their remarkable actions and contributions to lab sustainability at the Campus Sustainability Summit in April. Candidates can be nominated for individual achievement, lab achievement, partnerships, or departmental achievement. Learn more on the CU Green Labs website, then submit a nomination by Google Form.

Outreach and engagement award for staff call for nominations

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.

Community-Based Research Graduate Fellowship

Apply by April 6
Are you a PhD or MFA student interested in learning about and carrying out community-based research? CU Engage’s Graduate Fellowship in Community-Based Research models a strategy to prepare doctoral students for public scholarship. Whereas emerging scholars are often forced to make a choice – “either engage in the community or do peer-reviewed research” – this fellowship is designed to enable future scholars to build strong academic careers while working on public issues in partnership with community groups. Doctoral students from all academic departments at CU Boulder are eligible to participate. The purpose is to train a generation of scholars in the practices and principles of Community-Based Research. We give priority to partnerships with people or organizations working with historically marginalized communities or projects that work to promote equity. We are open to a range of types of projects, ranging from natural sciences to the arts and humanities. Read about past Fellowship projects on the CU Engage website, learn more, and apply by visiting the CU Engage website.

Sustainable Solutions Challenge

Pitch competition on April 8
The Environmental Center invites students to present their ideas for sustainable innovations and solutions for CU Boulder in the second annual Buffs Sustainable Solutions Challenge. Pitches should address environmental quality, natural resource use, social justice, and economic longevity at CU Boulder or through the CU system. Students can participate in groups or as individuals. The winning proposal will be awarded $1000, the runner-up will be awarded $600, and the winner of the audience choice award will receive $400. Learn more and sign up to participate on the Environmental Center website.



Cohorts selected for Art + Science + Action partnership

Learn about the CU Boulder science students and postdocs and local arts leaders who are part of a new program focused on community action related to social and environmental issues. Through this program, CU Boulder students and postdocs in the sciences join artists and arts organization leaders from Boulder County to learn how to facilitate art + science partnerships that catalyze community action on interrelated social and environmental issues. These cohorts receive mentorship from scientists and community-engaged scholarship professionals through workshops and other consultations. Meet the cohorts and their advisors on the Office for Outreach and Engagement website.
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