Forums, Lectures, and Seminars


Environmental Forum is the Fall 2015 lecture series presented by the Department of Environmental Studies and Planning. It is held in Ives 101, Thursdays, from 12-12:50 pm. There is no charge and everyone is welcome.

Fall 2015

8/27 Healthy Food for All Suzi Grady, Program Director, Petaluma Bounty
Petaluma Bounty is a community-based nonprofit that is helping folks to grow their own healthy food, redistributing surplus food, and providing affordable fresh food to low-income families and seniors

9/3 SSU Preserves: The Other SSU Campuses Suzanne DeCoursey, Education Manager, SSU Preserves
Did you know that our campus run several natural preserves?  SSU Preserves provide lands, facilities, databases, and programs that inspire participation, collaboration, and innovation in education and research.

9/10 Intersections of Energy and Environment Daniel Soto, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, ENSP
Fossil fuels allow our modern society to cook, travel, and communicate in amazing ways.  Scientists are discovering many ways that our energy system is affecting our environment. We'll explore the intersections and possible solutions in this talk.

9/17 Helping Communities Embrace Sustainability Cyane Dandridge, Executive Director, Strategic Energy Innovations
By educating youth, engaging government agencies around policy and systemic change, and creating new job opportunities, we can — through innovation, education and implementation — dramatically shift our climate crisis.

9/24 Farming with the Wild Dan Imhoff, Author, Farmer, Researcher, Musician
From food and farming to environmental design and conservation, Dan has been a leading voice in supporting agricultural systems that support and accommodate wild nature. Farming is the Wind: Enhancing Biodiversity on Farms and Ranches is the title of his recent book and the broad focus of this talk.

10/1 Creeks as a Living Lab for Sustainability Learning Caroline Christian, Ph.D., Associate Professor, ENSP
We have a creek on campus that offers a wide range of opportunities for scientific study and ecological research. Recipient of a recent CSU Sustainability grant, Dr. Christian will help us understand the value of creeks as classrooms for sustainability.

10/8 Climate Engineering: What’s It All About Wil Burns, Ph.D., Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment
Climate change geoengineering is all over the news. But what does it really mean? A leading scholar in this field will help us explore philosophical perspectives, legal issues, and government frameworks in this controversial field.

10/15 Planning: What it is and Why You Should Care Tom Jacobson, JD, MCP, AICP, Professor, ENSP
Learn why our department believes that effective planning is a critical tool for big cities, small towns, and open space as well as healthy and sustainable communities.

10/22 Landpaths: Step Into the Outside Craig Anderson, Executive Director
LandPaths' mission is to foster a love of the land in Sonoma County. LandPaths creates ways for people to experience the beauty, understand the value, and assist in healing the land in their local communities.

10/29 My Best Days as an Environmental Professional Bill Anderson, Past-president, American Planning Association
The Immediate Past President of the 40,000 member American Planning Association, and ENSP’s 2015-16 Planner in Residence, talks about when he did his best work and had the most fun.

11/5 Shifting Meanings of Wildness and WIlderness Laura Watt, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor, ENSP
Our society loves the ideal of something being “wild” — with a will of its own, beyond human control — yet we are often uncomfortable with the unpredictability that comes with wildness and wilderness. So what does it mean to be both “wild” and managed?

11/12 Here Comes the Smart Train Libby Dippel and Stephanie Copp, Community Outreach Coordinators
There’s a train coming to Cotati! Come learn all about the new train system opening next year. From train safety to environmental impact, this talk will help students understand the importance of this exciting new transit option.

11/19 Climate Leadership: Sonoma and Beyond Ann Hancock, Climate Protection Campaign
This talk will focus on how to inspire, align, and mobilize action in response to the climate crisis. Our local campaign helps business, government, youth and the broader community to advance practical, science-based solutions for significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.

12/3 Hope and Tragedy on a Warming Planet: Dispatches from the UN Climate Negotiations John Isom, Lecturer, ENSP
In December the world's nations will meet in Paris to try to forge an ambitious, fair, and long-term agreement to cut human-made greenhouse gases. What are the main issues being negotiated? How will an agreement affect developed and developing countries alike? What happens if the agreement falls short? And what about ecosystem health and biodiversity in the face of climate change?

12/10 Sustainability Opportunities at SSU Student and Faculty Leaders from across campus
The focus of this class is on what’s already happening at SSU and how you can be involved in the years ahead. From JUMP to our campus food bank garden to dorm energy use monitoring to our comprehensive Sustainability Report Card — there are lots of ways to build your resume while helping your campus and community become more sustainable.

The Fall 2015 Environmental Forum is made possible through the Environmental Studies and Planning Department and the SSU Instructionally Related Activities Program.

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