On Saturday, May 3rd, I attended the first of two-days at the 6th Annual MIT Sustainability Summit. Since 2009, a representative group of MIT graduate students have volunteered and organized this two-day summit. The students represent all five schools (Management, Engineering, Architecture and Planning, Science, and Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences) at MIT. Each year, this group brings together prominent speakers from a vast array of fields to discuss sustainability.
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The Gund Institute maintains this Google Calendar, which comprises most UVM environmental events. The calendar so far contains events from: Biology, Plant and Soil Sciences, CALS, Gund Institute, Rubenstein School, and the Food Spire.
I finally returned to Vermont after a three and a half day intense travel and conference schedule. Flying into Indianapolis on Sunday, I realized I was not in the Vermont bubble any more. This Midwest area is primarily flat, carpeted in square blocks of farm land, suburban development, small towns, and strip malls. My journey began with many flight delays, but ended with good fortune that total strangers made it possible for me to get to this conference.
Confronting complexity: 2011 annual meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences
Over 500 people gathered at University of Vermont this summer to connect, share, and explore their interests in understanding environmental topics from a variety of perspectives. The interdisciplinary backgrounds included professionals in fields as diverse as engineering, music, literature, and ecology. After presenting about systems thinking and campus sustainability at UVM, I attended other conference sessions and describe a few of them below.
Monday, October 27, 2009
The conference began with a lunch and a welcome from Gioia Thompson, Director at UVM's Office of Sustainability; Kurt Teichurt, Brown University's Manager of Environmental Stewardship Initiatives and NECSC Steering Committee member; and Mieko A. Ozeki, Conference Coordinator and Projects Coordinator at UVM's Office of Sustainability.
On June 23-26th, UVM's Environmental Program and the University of Vermont hosted the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) 2011 Annual Meeting. This meeting had over 500 attendees, who teach at colleges and universities from across the U.S. and Canada. This four-day event included field trips around UVM and at Middlebury College.