Past Events
  • Tuesday, 9/27/2016: meeting on NKU's sustainability plan:
    • For many years, NKU has been a regional leader in environmental sustainability. In 2007, NKU signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, and in doing so committed to achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2050. We have since expanded alternative transportation options, opened two LEED Certified buildings, and supported hundreds of environmental projects from stream clean-ups to student research on campus and in our community. There is truly impactful work happening in the sustainability arena at NKU.
    • Continued efforts to reduce our carbon footprint require engagement from our entire campus community. In support of the University’s strategic plan goal of Institutional Excellence, a comprehensive Sustainability Strategy will be drafted in the coming months. This strategy will outline a clear path forward that will address our carbon reduction goal and other sustainability initiatives.
    • I strongly encourage you to be become actively engaged in this initiative and let your voice be heard. Visit the NKU Sustainability website or attend a public forum on September 27 from 10-11 a.m., in the Student Union Ballroom. Please provide your input or volunteer to serve on the workgroup that will draft our comprehensive Sustainability Strategy.
    • Together, we can build a better future.
    • Thank you,
    • Sue Hodges Moore
    • Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance
    • Northern Kentucky University
  • Friday, April 24, 2015 @ 12pm – 1pm, in NKU SU108
    • Democracy Square: "Climate change: How will it impact me? What can I do?", with Andy Long
      • Three related articles from the New York Times:
        1. The first article addresses the naive question "If the world is really warming up, how come it is so darned cold?":
          • Scientists studying human perception have found that our immediate, visceral experience of the world can influence our judgments on tangentially related questions. For example, the research shows that on a day perceived as hotter than normal, people are more likely to say on a survey that global warming is real, and vice versa.
          • It gets wackier: People surveyed in a hot room are more likely to say global warming is real, compared with folks in a cold room. Our rational minds may know the temperature is being controlled by a thermostat, but the logic somehow breaks down before we answer the survey questions.
        2. The second suggests ways in which "Animal and plant species around the world may be threatened by warmer global temperatures":
        3. The final article suggests that "Restored Forests Breathe Life Into Efforts Against Climate Change":
      • Three questions related to the articles:
        1. Some people doubt that the climate is changing (although this attitude is getting rarer); others believe that the climate is changing, but doubt that humans are contributing (more common). What evidence exists to suggest that humans are indeed behind the rapidly changing climate? What confuses humans about human-caused global warming?
        2. Given that human-caused climate change is happening, what secondary (rather than direct) effects must we worry about? [For example, if climate change impacts bee populations, agriculture may suffer for lack of pollinators.]
        3. Given that human-caused climate change is happening, what should we be doing? One option is to just sit back and see what happens. Is that a good or bad idea?
      • Some comments on the articles
  • Wednesday, April 8 @ 7pm – 8pm, Hall Auditorium, Miami University, Oxford OH
    • The Education of an Unlikely Activist. A public lecture by Bill McKibben, author and environmentalist activist. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages. He is founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world's 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was "probably America's most important environmentalist."
  • Saturday, March 28 @ 9:30 a.m. (until 12:30 p.m.) at Rotary Grove in Covington’s Devou Park:
    • Reforest Northern Kentucky: By planting trees, our forest landscape and legacy is restored. Trees and forests provide significant, measurable benefits to our communities, improving the environment, economy, and our quality of life. Over the last eight years, more than 30 acres of previously mowed land have been planted with native woodland trees and nearly 2,000 volunteers have participated in Reforest Northern Kentucky.
  • Wednesday, March 18 @ 6:30 pm in the NKU Digitorium (free):
  • Tuesday, March 17 @ 5:30 pm in the Natural Science Center room 207:
    • We would like to invite you and your students that have an interest in Environmental Science to our program, “Greenhouse: the NKU environmental film series” on Tuesday, March 17 @ 5:30 pm in the Natural Science Center room 207. Our film series program shows an environmental documentary once per semester and enjoys a conversation with the community afterwards. This spring, we will be showing the award-winning movie, More than Honey, which is about the importance and plight of honeybees. The film will be followed with a discussion and social time. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
  • Monday, March 16, 2015 - 4:00pm, Heritage Room, Shriver Center, Miami University, Oxford OH
    • Why the Struggle to Stop Climate Change Failed and What It Means for Our Future: a lecture by Dale Jamieson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, Affiliated Professor of Law, and Director of the Animal Studies Initiative at New York University. Formerly he was Henry R. Luce Professor in Human Dimensions of Global Change at Carleton College and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of several books and the editor or co-editor of nine books, most recently Reflecting on Nature: Readings in Environmental Philosophy, 2nd Edition.
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