Weston Roundtable Series

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Thursdays, 4:15-5:15 PM
1153 Mechanical Engineering, 1513 University Avenue

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FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This Week's Lecture
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Thursday, January 30
Eban Goodstein
Director, Graduate Programs in Sustainability, Bard College

How to Solve Climate by 2030: We CAN Change the Future
Can we really stop climate change soon? Dr. Goodstein will discuss the Solar Dominance Hypothesis: the idea that the 2020’s could see massive global market disruptions in energy and EV’s. Combined with policies to ensures justice in the transition, this could open the road to "solve climate”—the energy side—over the next decade.


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.


Spring 2020 Schedule

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Thursday, January 23
Lynne Heasley
Professor, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Western Michigan University

A Humanist, an ichthyologist and a scuba diver walked into a river...
Dr. Heasley will expand on passages from her forthcoming book of creative non-fiction and experimental essays (working title The Accidental Reef: A Great Lakes Composite) with discussion of the science, local knowledge, and governance underpinning the readings. Topics will include lake sturgeon, invasive Dreissenid mussels, and slime-forming bacteria in pulp and paper production, among other emphases and digressions.


photo of Eban Goodstein

Thursday, January 30
Eban Goodstein
Director, Graduate Programs in Sustainability, Bard College

How to Solve Climate by 2030: We CAN Change the Future
Can we really stop climate change soon? Dr. Goodstein will discuss the Solar Dominance Hypothesis: the idea that the 2020’s could see massive global market disruptions in energy and EV’s. Combined with policies to ensures justice in the transition, this could open the road to "solve climate”—the energy side—over the next decade.


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Thursday, February 6
Diane-Laure Arjalies
Ivey Business School, Western University (Canada)

Can Financialization Save Nature? The Case of Endangered Species


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Thursday, February 13
Jodi Hilty
Y2Y Conservation Coalition

Making the Case for Large Landscape Conservation: Yellowstone to Yukon


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Thursday, February 20
Charles Ferguson
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

More Nuclear Power: Should We Risk It?


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Thursday, February 27
Teddie M. Potter
University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota's cross-campus Planetary Health Initiative


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Thursday, March 5
Monica White
Nelson Institute, UW-Madison

Sustainable food systems


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Thursday, March 12
Scott Fendorf
Stanford University

Metal contamination in groundwater


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Thursday, March 19
No Lecture - Spring Break


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Thursday, March 26
TBA


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Thursday, April 2

TBA


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Thursday, April 9
John Roemer
Yale University

Global Unanimity Agreement on the Carbon Budget


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Thursday, April 16
Steve Lawry
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Revisiting Aldo Leopold’s 1942 essay, "Land Use and Democracy,” for its relevance on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day


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Thursday, April 23
Larry Kalkstein
Univerisity of Miami

Climate change, weather and health


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Thursday, April 30
Ines Sanchez de Madariaga
Director of the Women and Science Unit, Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, Ministry of Economy Spain

Gender and transportation