Just Is Sustainability Teach-in Panel Member Feb. 5

Friday, January 30, 2009

Craig Just, adjunct assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, associate research scientist at IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering and coordinator of sustainability programs in the College of Engineering, will be be part of a free, public sustainability panel Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Bijou Theatre, Room, 166, of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The panel is being held in conjunction with the National Teach-In on Global Warming 2009.

In addition to Just, panelists will include Liz Christiansen, director of the UI Office of Sustainability; David Osterberg, clinical associate professor of environmental policy in the College of Public Health and executive director of the nonprofit Iowa Policy Project; Jerry Anthony, associate professor of urban and regional planning; and Jim Throgmorton, professor of urban and regional planning.  Community activists and student leaders also will participate. After presentations by panelists, there will be a brief question and answer session with student moderators to facilitate discussion.

The two-hour-long panels -- organized by student leaders in collaboration with the Graduate Student Senate and the UI Environmental Coalition -- will begin at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. panels will feature a broadcast of "The First 100 Days" webcast highlighting the findings of the Presidential Climate Action Project (PCAP).

Topics will include new renewable energy technology, sustainable agriculture, student activism, easy changes people can make to decrease their negative impact on our surroundings, and more. The day's events will also include a raffle of sustainable goods donated by New Pioneer Co-op.

"Global climate change is the most serious environmental challenge of our time, and a problem we will face for many decades to come," UI President Sally Mason said. "The Teach-In event on Feb. 5 provides a wonderful opportunity for students, faculty and staff to learn more about this problem and about how we can join together to address it. I encourage everyone to try to find time before or after their classes, or during their lunch breaks, to attend one or more of the panel presentations at the Bijou Theatre."

The event is co-sponsored by the UI Office of Sustainability, UI Environmental Coalition, Graduate Student Senate, UI Student Government and New Pioneer Co-op.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. For more information about this event, or if you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Raquel Baker at raquel-baker@uiowa.edu or 510-333-3617.