Environmental Events - Extra Credit

The following events can be attended and written about for extra credit in this course.  In order to obtain extra credit, you must do the following:
  • Provide evidence (picture, handout, etc.) that you attended the event
  • Summarize what affected you the most at the event
  • Explain several connections between the event and our big ideas of the course: interconnectedness, sustainability, and the nature of science
This must be a high quality Google Document - you will not receive credit until I'm satisfied with the quality of what you have done.

This must be turned into your Google Folder and you must email me within 1 week of attending the event.

If you hear of another event, movie, etc. that you think might apply to class, please communicate with me, so I can get it on this list.

University Symposium on Sustainability Keynote Address

Monday, 23 Feb 2015 at 8:00 pm – Great Hall, Memorial Union

John Warner is one of the founders of green chemistry, which seeks to reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous materials at the design stage of a materials process. His work has had implications for a variety of products and manufacturing processes, from computer chips to paint and biodegradable plastics to cholesterol medicine. Warner started the world's first green chemistry PhD program at the University of Massachusetts-Boston in 2004 and is co-author of the seminal text Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice. In 2008, he chaired the Science Advisory Committee of California's Green Chemistry Initiative, which recently released landmark policy recommendations seeking to eliminate or reduce the use of toxic substances in products and manufacturing processes. He is currently president and chief technology officer of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, which he founded with Jim Babcock in 2007.University Symposium on Sustainability Keynote Address

Imagine a world where all segments of society demanded environmentally benign products! Imagine if all consumers, all retailers and all manufacturers insisted on buying and selling only non-toxic materials! The unfortunate reality is that, even if this situation were to occur, our knowledge of materials science and chemistry would allow us to provide only a small fraction of the products and materials that our economy is based upon. The way we learn and teach chemistry and materials science is for the most part void of any information regarding mechanisms of toxicity and environmental harm. Green Chemistry is a philosophy that seeks to reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous materials at the design stage of a materials process. It has been demonstrated that materials and products CAN be designed with negligible impact on human health and the environment while still being economically competitive and successful in the marketplace. This presentation will describe the history and background of Green Chemistry and discuss the opportunities for the next generation of materials designers to create a safer and more sustainable future.

Sustainable Development at Caterpillar

Tim Lindsey

Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 at 8:00 pm – Sun Room, Memorial Union

Tim Lindsey, Global Director of Sustainable Development at Caterpillar, has over thirty years experience associated with helping organizations become more sustainable by improving processes, products, and systems with respect to their energy, water, and materials utilization. He is an accomplished program and project manager with experience in multiple industrial sectors, including: energy processing, food processing, agriculture, biofuels, chemical processing, electronics, machining, metal forming, metal finishing, and die-casting. Dr. Lindsey has helped hundreds of corporate and public sector interests improve their economic, environmental and social sustainability through state-of-the-art training and technical assistance services. He is a nationally recognized expert regarding the development of techniques to facilitate the implementation and diffusion of innovative alternative energy and sustainability practices. He has produced multiple publications on energy efficiency, alternative energy, alternative fuels development and sustainability. University Symposium on Sustainability

What Was in the Water? Toxic Dumping in Toms River

Dan Fagin

Tuesday, 03 Mar 2015 at 7:00 pm – Great Hall, Memorial Union

Dan Fagin is an investigative reporter, prize-winning science journalist, and the author of Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, which won the 2014 Pulitzer for General Nonfiction and the National Academies Science Book Award. Fagin weaves together science and statistical analysis with investigative reporting to tell this community's story of industrial pollution, its subsequent cancer epidemic, and a decades-long fight for answers. Dan Fagin is a professor of journalism at New York University and director of the graduate program in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting. He is also the author of Toxic Deception: How the Chemical Industry Manipulates Science, Bends the Law and Endangers Your HealthPart of the Creative Writing Program's Environmental Imagination Series

The Future of Food

Vandana Shiva

Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 at 8:00 pm – Great Hall, Memorial Union

Vandana Shiva is a philosopher and environmental activist who promotes ecological justice and biodiversity. She is the founder of the Navdanya Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology, which works with local farming communities to promote fair trade and agroecological farming practices. Vandana Shiva is the author of numerous books, including Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis; Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply; Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit; and Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development. Her honors and awards include the 1993 Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize) and the 2010 Sydney Peace Prize.

Eating Wildly: Foraging for Live, Love and the Perfect Meal

Ava Chin

Monday, 06 Apr 2015 at 7:00 pm – Great Hall, Memorial Union

Ava Chin, a native of Queens, is the author of Eating Wildly, a memoir about foraging for food in New York City. The book catalogs the variety of edible and medicinal plants she discovers in urban parks and backyards and includes recipes and culinary information. It's also a story of self-discovery and self-reliance. Chin is an associate professor of creative nonfiction and journalism at CUNY and writes as the "Urban Forager" for the New York Times. She is a former slam poet and is the editor of the nonfiction essay collection Split: Stories From a Generation Raised on Divorce.

Beyond Farm–to–Table: The Future of Food

Dan Barber

Wednesday, 08 Apr 2015 at 7:00 pm – Sun Room, Memorial Union

Dan Barber is the author of The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food and the award-winning chef of Blue Hill, a restaurant with locations in Manhattan’s West Village and at the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, a nonprofit farm and education center. He will discuss why we need to radically transform our approach to cooking for the sake of our food, our health, and the future of the land, and how we can move beyond "farm-to-table." Barber's opinions on food and agricultural policy have appeared in the New York Times and other publications. He has been honored with multiple James Beard awards, including the country's top chef award, and was named one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people in 2009. Shivvers Memorial Lecture

The Politics of Global Food Security

Philip McMichael

Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 at 7:00 pm – South Ballroom, Memorial Union

Philip McMichael is Professor and Chair of Development Sociology at Cornell University, where he studies how the politics of global energy, financial and climate crises are affecting food systems and food sovereignty. He is the author of several books, including Development and Social Change: A Global Perspective, now in its fifth edition. McMichael, who grew up in Australia, has held academic positions at SUNY-Binghamton, Swathmore College, and the University of Georgia and has worked with such groups as the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Research Institute for Social Development, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, and the peasant coalition La Vía Campesina.