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January, 2020

Penn Shield
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Stop by the Penn Sustainability table on Tuesday, January 21 from 12-2pm outside of Civic House (39th and Locust Walk).

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Founded in 2000 as an opportunity for artists and audiences to explore and interpret the natural world and current ecological issues, our environmental art program has brought hundreds of artists to the Schuylkill Center to present contemporary art work in the gallery and on our trails. This exhibition celebrates the art program’s history by inviting previous exhibiting artists to revisit the work they did at the Schuylkill Center, and looks to the future of environmental art with new artists exploring related themes.

February, 2020

Penn Shield
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

Anne Papageorge is the Vice President for Facilities and Real Estate Services at the University of Pennsylvania. Anne joined the University in October 2006 and is responsible for: Planning; Design and Construction; Facilities Operations, Maintenance and Utilities; and Real Estate Operations and Development.

Penn Shield
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

As a global society we have been burning fossil fuels to meet our energy and transportation needs since the start of the industrial revolution. This has resulted in atmospheric CO2 concentrations much greater than at any other time during the last 650,000 years. That concentration reached a record 415 parts per million in May 2019. The replacement of fossil fuels with renewables, advances in energy efficiency, and carbon capture and storage are among the key strategies required to prevent warming beyond 2°C within this century. But they will not be enough.

Penn Shield
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 4:30pm

"The Planet and the Human: Towards an Anthropological Clearing."
This lecture works towards a new philosophical anthropology by positing and developing a distinction between globe and the planet as categories for organizing human history.

Penn Shield
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

The climate change motivation for a transition to clean energy has been clear for some time. Political differences, a lack of urgency on climate change, and a failure to engage society broadly and equitably have all contributed to the slow pace at which humanity has addressed this global crisis. In this talk, Kammen will examine how the confluence of technological change and changing social dynamics have finally made clean energy, social justice, and ecological preservation mainstream topics.

March, 2020

Penn Shield
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Many of the negative externalities of energy development—including fossil fuel extraction and renewable energy development—fall primarily at the local level, whereas the benefits accrue more broadly. Yet local governments in the United States have varied regulatory authority over this development, in part because state governments increasingly preempt local control—particularly in the area of oil and gas.

April, 2020

Penn Shield
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Promoting Security through Equitable Policy, Governance and Technology
Join Global Water Alliance, Drexel Peace Engineering, and the Water Center at Penn for the 2020 Conference on Water & Peace on April 1, 2020! 

Penn Shield
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 (All day) to Thursday, April 16, 2020 (All day)

You’re invited to join us in our pioneering 2-day summit for local water decision makers – mayors, councilmembers, city officials, utility management and staff – and water industry professionals. The event covers a variety of sustainable water management topics and empowers attendees to explore distributed water solutions and opportunities for their communities.

Come to learn, share, and discuss:

Penn Shield
Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

In 1999, Texas passed a landmark clean energy law, beginning a groundswell of new policies that promised to make the United States a world leader in renewable energy. However, that policy did not lead to momentum in Texas, which failed to implement its solar laws or clean up its electricity system. In this lecture, Stokes will discuss how organized combat between advocate and opponent interest groups is central to explaining why states are not on track to address the climate crisis.