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Friday, February 21, 2014

Gund Tea: Daniel Clarke - "Ecosystem Accounting in National Accounts: From the local to the global"

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson House Conference Room
Description: Gund Teas are a weekly event at the Gund Institute. Each week there is a presenter(s) that will spend anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes on their presentation, with the remainder of the time open for discussion amongst the entire group. Open to anyone interested in attending.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Leadership for Sustainability: Annie Bourdon - Executive Directorof Carshare Vermont

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Aiken 102
Description: Annie Bourdon is CarShare Vermont's founder and executive director. She is a sustainable transportation enthusiast who has been involved in the car-sharing industry since its arrival in the U.S. over a decade ago. In early 2001, she helped her two friends and mentors launch San Francisco's City CarShare, where she spent four years expanding mission-driven car-sharing throughout the Bay Area and beyond. She currently serves on City CarShare's board of directors, as well as the board of the CarSharing Association.

Series Introduction:

Seven billion and growing. Drastic global biodiversity losses. The looming spectre of global climate change. We have a long way to go to forge a sustainable future. Sustainability is a concept and value that only a minority of Americans embrace, with the remainder of the population unaware, skeptical, or unconvinced that actual behavioral change is needed.

Earth in Peril - Leaders Needed: Leadership is clearly one part building a sustainable path to our collective future. The purpose of this lecture series is to expose an audience of students, staff, faculty, and public to a variety of leaders and their stories, in order to encourage a personal path to leadership.

The weekly series for Spring of 2014 invites national and local leaders to share their stories of how they came to rise to the challenge of leadership. The collection of leaders that are participating reflects a diversity of pathways to leadership that can help us understand working for change and inspire many of us to continue to explore our own pathways to contributing to a sustainable world.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Gund Tea: Pam Pearson - "On Thin Ice: Climate Change in the Cryosphere: How extremes have become means, and what we can do about it"

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson House Conference Room
Description: Gund Teas are a weekly event at the Gund Institute. Each week there is a presenter(s) that will spend anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes on their presentation, with the remainder of the time open for discussion amongst the entire group. Open to anyone interested in attending.

"Co-sponsored by the Vermont Council on World Affairs"

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Dr. Kathleen Weathers - "Ecological Puzzles and a Passion for Lakes"

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Aiken 102
Description: Special Seminar: Dr. Kathleen Weathers "Ecological Puzzles and a Passion for Lakes: How Cyanobacteria, Sensors, and Cyberinfrastructure Helped Launch Scientists and Citizens into a 21st Century Experiment"

Monday, March 10, 2014
4:00-5:00pm
Aiken 102

Sponsored by the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Lab
Contact: Jason Stockwell (jstockwe@uvm.edu)

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Leadership for Sustainability: Nancy Bell - Conservation Fund

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Aiken 102
Description: Nancy Bell is the Vermont Director for The Conservation Fund. She comes from a grass roots background with a passion for the conservation of wildlife habitat, particularly for black bears. She has been instrumental in developing the Green Mountain Bear Corridor, a 20,000 acre, 24 parcel, project that links Vermontís two units of the Green Mountain National Forest. Nancy spearheaded the Champion International Paper, a 133,000 acre project in Vermontís northeast Kingdom. She is currently working to create connective corridors between core habitats region-wide.

Series Introduction:

Seven billion and growing. Drastic global biodiversity losses. The looming spectre of global climate change. We have a long way to go to forge a sustainable future. Sustainability is a concept and value that only a minority of Americans embrace, with the remainder of the population unaware, skeptical, or unconvinced that actual behavioral change is needed.

Earth in Peril - Leaders Needed: Leadership is clearly one part building a sustainable path to our collective future. The purpose of this lecture series is to expose an audience of students, staff, faculty, and public to a variety of leaders and their stories, in order to encourage a personal path to leadership.

The weekly series for Spring of 2014 invites national and local leaders to share their stories of how they came to rise to the challenge of leadership. The collection of leaders that are participating reflects a diversity of pathways to leadership that can help us understand working for change and inspire many of us to continue to explore our own pathways to contributing to a sustainable world.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Burack Lecture: David Wilcove - “Case of the Killer Cookie: Logging, Oil Palm, and Biodiversity Conservation in Southeast Asia”

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Frank Livak Ballroom, Davis Center
Description: UVM hosts Dr. David Wilcove, Professor of Public Affairs and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton as a UVM Burack Distinguished Lecture.

Title: “Case of the Killer Cookie: Logging, Oil Palm, and Biodiversity Conservation in Southeast Asia”

Talk description: Throughout Southeast Asia, arguably the hottest of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, forests are being logged or converted to cropland, principally oil palm.  David will explore the ecological impacts of both forestry and agriculture on the region’s fauna and then, based on some economic studies, argue that the situation is grim but far from hopeless. Cookie aficionados should be prepared for depressing news.

Followed by a Reception in the Fireplace Lounge of the Davis Center.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Gund Tea: Kimberly Wallin - Forest disturbances and emergent properties of forest communities

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson House Conference Room
Description: Gund Teas are a weekly event at the Gund Institute. Each week there is a presenter(s) that will spend anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes on their presentation, with the remainder of the time open for discussion amongst the entire group. Open to anyone interested in attending.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Leadership for Sustainability: Heather Furman - State Director - The Nature Conservancy Vermont

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Aiken 102
Description: Heather Furman is State Director of TNC VT and is responsible for overall management of the Vermont chapter, and serves as the liaison with the Vermont Chapter Board of Trustees, the Eastern North America Division office and The Nature Conservancy's World Office. Prior to joining the Conservancy this year, Heather served as the Executive Director of Stowe Land Trust for ten years. Her earlier career was dedicated to watershed planning efforts with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and later, transportation and land-use planning with the Vermont Agency of Transportation. She is a co-founder of the Climbing Resource Access Group of Vermont (CRAG-VT) a non-profit focused on land protection for recreation access and habitat. Furman has carried out conservation initiatives for the World Wildlife Fund and the U.S. Peace Corps in the Nepal Himalaya where she lived from 1995-1998, and has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and Asia. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University, Cum Laude, with a Masters of Science in Natural Resource Planning from the Rubenstein School of Environmental and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont.

Series Introduction:

Seven billion and growing. Drastic global biodiversity losses. The looming spectre of global climate change. We have a long way to go to forge a sustainable future. Sustainability is a concept and value that only a minority of Americans embrace, with the remainder of the population unaware, skeptical, or unconvinced that actual behavioral change is needed.

Earth in Peril - Leaders Needed: Leadership is clearly one part building a sustainable path to our collective future. The purpose of this lecture series is to expose an audience of students, staff, faculty, and public to a variety of leaders and their stories, in order to encourage a personal path to leadership.

The weekly series for Spring of 2014 invites national and local leaders to share their stories of how they came to rise to the challenge of leadership. The collection of leaders that are participating reflects a diversity of pathways to leadership that can help us understand working for change and inspire many of us to continue to explore our own pathways to contributing to a sustainable world.

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