Brought to you by the UVM Clean Energy Fund and the UVM Environmental Program


Fall 2012 Seminar Series


Climate Action Seminar: Responding to the New Normal

A weekly seminar featuring guest speakers.

Aug 27-Dec 3

Mondays 4:05-5:20 pm in Lafayette 207

Faculty Sponsors: Amy Seidl and Cecilia Danks

Seminar Instructor: Rachael Beddoe

Students can earn up to 1 credit of ENVS 195 Z17 for regularly attending the series and completing assignments.

Seminars are free and open to the public.

This special seminar series, supported by UVM’s Clean Energy Fund, features top-level thinkers engaged in identifying best practices as we navigate our climate future.  Our changing climate is creating "new normal" weather conditions that require adaptive responses at local, regional and global levels. 


Speakers working at the forefront these issues will address such topics as responding to extreme weather events like Tropical Storm Irene, developing adaptation strategies for urban and rural environments, and assessing the role of offsets in addressing climate impacts.  We expect to generate lively conversations with our invited speakers as we explore how to build a culture of response to climate change and how to move UVM’s footprint closer to our goal of carbon neutrality. 


For more information, contact Rachael at



Seminar Speaker Schedule

Note: Subject to change! Check for updates. 


Aug 27         State of the Campus

Report from the Office of Sustainability


Sept 10        Framing

Amy Seidl, Lecturer, RSENR and Environmental Program, UVM

                       Rachael Beddoe, Research Analyst, RSENR, UVM


Sept 17         How Rural America Can Contribute to Climate Adaptation: the story of one Northern California community's struggle to adapt

Michelle Medley-Daniel, Communications and Partnership Coordinator, The Watershed Research and Training Center


Sept 24         Resilient Vermont Project: Toward an Integrated Framework of Resilience

Deb Perry, Senior Program Manager, Institute for Sustainable Communities


Oct 1             Water From the Hills: Adapting to Land Use and Climate Change

Michael H. Simpson, Chair, Environmental Studies Dept., Antioch University of New England

Oct 8             Climate Response Scholarship at UVM

Kate Elmer Westdijk, Food Systems Research Specialist, UVM Agroecology & Rural Livelihoods Group


Carol Adair, Assistant Professor, Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources


Paul Hines, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering


Josh Farley, Associate Professor, Community Development & Applied Economics and Gund Institute for Ecological Economics


Oct 15          Climate Change Adaptation: The State of Vermont Perspective

Kari Dolan, Ecosystem Restoration Program Manager, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources


Oct 22          Institutional Greenhouse Gas Management: Current Thinking on Carbon Offsets

Tim Stumhofer, Senior Program Associate, GHG Management Institute



                        Forest Carbon Offsets: Examining social, ecological and financial issues

Cecilia Danks, Associate Professor, Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources and Environmental Program, UVM


Asim Zia, Assistant Professor, Community Development & Applied Economics, UVM


Bill Keeton, Professor of Forestry, Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources, UVM


Nov 5            Creating a Climate for Change: Courage and Openness in an Age of Climate Change

Susanne Moser, Director, Susanne Moser Research & Consulting; Social Science Research Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University


Nov 12         Meeting the Climate Neutral Challenge: a University Panel

Gioia Thompson, Director, UVM Office of Sustainability


Julie Newman, Director, Yale Office of Sustainability


Tatjana Vujic, Director, Duke University Carbon Offsets Initiative


Nov 26         Carbon Offsets and Climate Change Policy

Carbon Offsets, Conservation and California's Cap-and-trade

Michelle Passero, Senior Climate Policy Advisor, The Nature Conservancy

REDD+ Policy Design: Governing trade-offs between biological conservation and economic development
Asim Zia, Assistant Professor, Community Development and Applied Economics, UVM


Dec 3            Which Offset Project Would You Choose?

Clear Water Carbon Fund

Native Energy