The Sustainability Solutions Café - an interdisciplinary speaker series hosted by the Porter Family Fund for the Sustainability Minor - features practitioners and scholars who are pioneering solutions to a diversity of sustainability problems, sharing their ideas through café-style discussions with interested members of the Dartmouth and broader community.
Two to three Café events will be held each term depending on speaker nominations. Future cafés will include practitioners and scholars whose work pursues viable and innovative solutions to a pressing sustainability challenges and may focus on specific topics, such as energy, food systems, or climate change; issues of health, equity and social justice; or engage with wider themes, such as Sustainability and Business or Sustainability in Higher Education.
Visiting practitioners or scholars are nominated by faculty, or students with faculty support, to speak at a Sustainability Solutions Café as well as guest lecture in related courses. To nominate a speaker, please refer to the following form:
Sustainability Solutions Café
Guest Speaker: Tsomo Cuomaoji '15
"Translating Sustainability: Cross Cultural Understanding"
Thursday, May 9, 2013
12:00 - 1:00
Informal discussion over free lunch
April 22, 2013 - "How might marine ecosystem functions be altered if populations of the great whales were to recover to pre-harvest stocks?"
Dr. James McCarthy
Notable oceanographer and environmentalist, Dr. McCarthy is a Nobel Prize winning member of the IPPC, past president of the AAAS, Chair of the Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and a Professor at Harvard University. Sustainability Solutions Cafés feature practitioners and scholars who are pioneering solutions to a diversity of sustainability problems, sharing their ideas through informal café-‐style discussions.
February 21, 2013 - "West Virginia's Love Affair with Coal"
Dr. Jeremy Richardson, Kendall Fellow in Clean Energy Innovation, Union of Concerned Scientists
This was a follow-up event to the class of 2016 summer reading, , by Ann Pancake - an interactive lecture and informal discussion over a plate of spaghetti cooked by students going on the Alternative Spring Break to West Virginia.
January 24, 2013 - "Youth Involvement in International Climate Negotiations"
Leehi Yona is a member of the Class of 2016 aiming to pursue an Environmental Studies major, with a particular interest in Sustainability, and observing how youth involvement in the multilateral process plays a role within the context of solving the larger issues of climate change and sustainability. Fresh from attending the UNFCCC COP 18 Climate Change Conference in November 2012, her discussion brings to life the various ways young adults are currently being impacted by environmental challenges and international talks, focusing on their actions and participation at such conferences, but also on the learning opportunities found within these experiences.
November 1, 2012 - "The Art of the Possible: Oil Palm, Pulp and Paper, and Rainforest Conservation in SE Asia"
Dr. Mark Leighton is an associate in Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard. He is the director of the UNEP/UNESCO Great Ape World Heritage Project.
Dr. Leighton is one of the leading experts in the ecology, conservation and sustainable management of rain forests, with special expertise in SE Asia. Tropical rainforests are home to >50% of the Earth's species and are being rapidly converted and degraded. Dr. Leighton discussed creating and implementing conservation opportunities in collaboration with the palm oil and pulp/paper development in rainforests of SE Asia. The conversation about forest management and environmental governance included participation from undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty.
October 11, 2012 - "Climate Modeling Tools for Learning and Integration"
Dr. Beth Sawin is Co-Director of Climate Interactive. She is a scientist, writer, teacher, and public speaker whose work for the past fifteen years has combined analysis with coaching, teaching and communication approaches that help people transform systems towards sustainability.For more on the Climate Interactive, check out http://climateinteractive.org/.
Dr. Beth Sawin shared a climate model with the audience. Participants played with combinations of renewable and non-renewable energy sources to model the effects of energy use on climate change.
April 19, 2012 - "Integrating Renewable Energy"
Hugo Chandler and J. Charles Smith
Speakers Hugo Chandler (founder, New Resource Partners) and J. Charles Smith (director, Wind Utility Integration Group) spoke about their work addressing the challenges and opportunities associated with integrating renewable energy sources into different scale energy systems while Dartmouth's energy engineer, Steve Shadford shared a glimpse of the college's energy future. Participants discussed in small groups the path towards a more sustainable energy future at Dartmouth and in the larger New England region.
Participants discuss Dartmouth's energy future.
Smith, Chandler, & Shadford (r to l).
Participants doodle ideas and notes.
Conversations continue after the Cafe wraps up.
February 3, 2012 - "Taking Sustainability Literally"
Mark McElroy and Jed Davis '83, Tu'85
The inaugural Sustainability Solutions Café was a terrific start to the new discussion series and saw over 40 participants – students, faculty, staff, and community members – engage with guests Mark McElroy (author of Corporate Sustainability Management) and Jed Davis (Sustainability Director, Cabot Creamery) in round table conversations over café refreshments in the unique setting of Fairchild Tower.
McElroy and Davis speak at the inaugural Cafe.
Cafe participants engage in round table discussions.
Participants and speakers share as a large group.
Tabletop brainstorming on Dartmouth's waste water management.
Sustainability Minor Assistant
Last Updated: 5/3/13