Weston Roundtable Series

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Thursdays, 4:15-5:15 PM

Lectures presented on-line this semester, registration required. 
Please see the abstract text below for registration links.

This Week's Lecture
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Thursday, September 24
Mark Winne
Senior Technical Advisor, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

The Food System Elephant: Working Toward A Common Understanding
Whether we are building a new food system out of the shell of the old or trying to get our arms around issues of racial inequity, climate change, and COVID-19, our attention remains riveted on the multi-faceted challenges of our local and regional food and farm landscapes. In light of these immediate, life-altering challenges and the larger need to intentionally direct our food systems, the lecture will address how we describe and analyze the food system elephant and how we act on our understanding of it. REGISTER FOR THIS LECTURE HERE: https://forms.gle/xSBGnYvTEg8c15L67


The Weston Roundtable is made possible by a generous donation from Mr. Roy F. Weston, a highly accomplished UW-Madison alumnus. Designed to promote a robust understanding of sustainability science, engineering, and policy, these interactive lectures are co-sponsored by the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Office of Sustainability. These lectures build on the tremendous success in past years of the Weston Distinguished Lecture Series and the SAGE Seminar Series.


Fall 2020 Schedule

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Thursday, September 3
Jamie Devereaux
Editor, Sustainability: The Journal of Record, Mary Ann Liebert Publishers, New Rochelle, NY

What are you reading? The top 10 sustainability articles of the year
Jamie Devereaux, editor of Sustainability: The Journal of Record, will highlight the Journal’s 10 most-read articles of the past year (July 2019—July 2020). Lecture will explore the topics, style, and tone of the top-read papers, looking at both commonalities and unique components. Devereaux will also explain the peer-review and manuscript processes and conclude with a look at emerging trends in the field of sustainability science. REGISTER FOR THIS LECTURE HERE: https://forms.gle/4LoPumHjsbNft1d7A


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Thursday, September 10
NO LECTURE




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Thursday, September 17
Paty Romero-Lankao
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Understanding How Policy Making Shapes Inequality in Urban Vulnerability and Risk is Key to Foster Climate Justice
Adapting to climate change in just ways is embedded in global agreements such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda. However, climate-adaptation policies can shape inequality in vulnerability and risk. Dr. Romero will highlight how 43 city adaptation plans attempt to address inequality in climate risk to urban populations and food-energy-water (FEW) systems, and how case studies show that short-term policy responses to floods, wildfires and other hazards do not address root causes of unequal vulnerability. Progress depends on integrating climate agendas and development priorities related to equality and justice. REGISTER FOR THIS LECTURE HERE: https://forms.gle/KHAmWakxxjftWYTz7


photo of Mark Winne

Thursday, September 24
Mark Winne
Senior Technical Advisor, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

The Food System Elephant: Working Toward A Common Understanding
Whether we are building a new food system out of the shell of the old or trying to get our arms around issues of racial inequity, climate change, and COVID-19, our attention remains riveted on the multi-faceted challenges of our local and regional food and farm landscapes. In light of these immediate, life-altering challenges and the larger need to intentionally direct our food systems, the lecture will address how we describe and analyze the food system elephant and how we act on our understanding of it. REGISTER FOR THIS LECTURE HERE: https://forms.gle/xSBGnYvTEg8c15L67


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Thursday, October 1
Lena Neij
Lund University (Sweden)

Energy systems for sustainable development


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Thursday, October 8
Harindra Fernando
Notre Dame University

Indian Ocean monsoon


photo of Steve Lawry

Thursday, October 15
Steve Lawry
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Revisiting Aldo Leopold’s "Land Use and Democracy"


photo of Larry Kalkstein

Thursday, October 22
Larry Kalkstein
Applied Climatologists, Inc.

Impact of cool technologies on heat waves and health


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Thursday, October 29
Maria Tysiachniouk
UW Nelson Institute (Visiting Fellow)

Environmental governance and conservation


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Thursday, November 5
Rhett Butler
Mongabay News

Forests, environment and new media


photo of Hamid Moradkhani

Thursday, November 12
Hamid Moradkhani
University of Alabama

Water resources system analysis and modeling


photo of Sarah Olson

Thursday, November 19
Sarah Olson
Wildlife Conservation Society

Tropical wildlife and zoonotic spillover


photo of Alfonso Morales

Thursday, December 3
Alfonso Morales
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Multi-functionality of farmers markets