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, September 28
Joel Rogers
Sewell-Bascom Professor of Law, Political Science, Public Affairs and Sociology, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Taking the High Road in U. S. Cities and States
High-road policy and governance promotes shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and efficient democratic government. Building high-road cities, metropolitan regions, and states is both good for citizens and a key way to move the national dialogue toward progressive policy solutions. Much of COWS' work is focused on sharing high-road policy and governance with state and local leaders. Around the country, these elected officials are taking the lead on pressing social issues — climate change, infrastructure, economic revitalization, health care, criminal justice, and more.


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 2017 Schedule

photo of Stephen Brick

Thursday, September 7
Stephen Brick
Senior Fellow, Climate and Energy, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Scaling the Decarbonization Mountain
Achieving the goals of the Paris Climate agreement will require steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. The electricity system is expected to bear a large burden in this effort; many analysts argue that electric emissions will effectively need to be zeroed out. Our speaker will discuss the findings of his studies of electricity grids in the U.S., Europe and India, and some of the implications for energy and climate policy. He will also discuss the role of modeling in policy development, and offer suggestions to improve the joint efforts of modelers and those who use their results.


photo of Lea Shanley

Thursday, September 14
Lea Shanley
Executive Co-Director, South Big Data Innovation Hub, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Even Big Data Start Small: Crowdsourcing for Environment and Health
Scientific institutions and government agencies are facilitating public contributions to scientific research and discovery, from classifying galaxies and collecting environmental data to solving the structure of an enzyme through protein-folding games. This paradigm shift towards crowdsourced science and monitoring is blurring our conception of "expert” and "amateur.” As institutions attempt to incorporate crowdsourcing into their traditional workflow, they face many challenges—from data quality to volunteer management. This presentation offers an overview of crowdsourcing and its applications, its integration with big data, and benefits and challenges for science.


photo of Gopi Sundar

Thursday, September 21
Gopi Sundar
Director, SarusScape Program, International Crane Foundation

Is Rice Really Nice? Waterbirds and Agriculture in South Asia
As scientists declare our time to be the Anthropocene epoch, the search for mechanisms and examples to aid in biodiversity conservation has acquired new urgency. There is, however, a perceptible shift in our collective ability to realize the value of human-dominated landscapes as potential wildlife habitat. This shift has accelerated efforts in areas that would not normally receive attention from conservationists. Our speaker will present unlikely recent discoveries from South Asian agricultural landscapes in order to revisit current and past assumptions regarding "wildlife habitat,” and the negativity that surrounds areas with high population densities.


photo of Joel Rogers

Thursday, September 28
Joel Rogers
Sewell-Bascom Professor of Law, Political Science, Public Affairs and Sociology, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Taking the High Road in U. S. Cities and States
High-road policy and governance promotes shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and efficient democratic government. Building high-road cities, metropolitan regions, and states is both good for citizens and a key way to move the national dialogue toward progressive policy solutions. Much of COWS' work is focused on sharing high-road policy and governance with state and local leaders. Around the country, these elected officials are taking the lead on pressing social issues — climate change, infrastructure, economic revitalization, health care, criminal justice, and more.


photo of Josh Tewksbury

Thursday, October 5
Josh Tewksbury
Colorado State University

Planetary health in the Anthropocene


photo of Gidon Eshel

Thursday, October 12
Gidon Eshel
Bard College

Environmental impacts and metrics


photo of SAGE Panel (Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability & the Global Environment)

Thursday, October 19
SAGE Panel (Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability & the Global Environment)
UW–Madison

SAGE Smorgasbord


collage of environmental photos

Thursday, October 26
TBA


photo of Dave Barbier

Thursday, November 2
Dave Barbier
UW–Stevens Point

Finding 100% renewable electricity


photo of David Blockstein

Thursday, November 9
David Blockstein
National Council for Science and the Environment

Curriculum for sustainability / Community ecology of birds


photo of William Pan

Thursday, November 16
William Pan
Duke University

Environment and human health in developing countries


photo of Kent Redford

Thursday, November 30
Kent Redford
Archipelago Consulting

Wildlife conservation


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photo of Eva Weltzien

Thursday, December 7
Fred Rattunde
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
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Eva Weltzien
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

Seed systems for small holder farmers