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Doug Farr - "Neighborhoods Go Green: Scaling up Sustainability"
Tuesday, November 6, 6 pm, Montague 70

Doug Farr, AIA, LEED AP, is the founding principal of the architecture and urban design firm Farr Associates. Based in Chicago, the firm is widely regarded as one of the most sustainable practices in the country, recently certifying its fifth LEED Platinum building.

Doug was the founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Core Committee- the interdisciplinary group of professionals that created this first ever rating system for sustainable land development. Launching in 2009, LEED-ND integrates smart growth, walkability, and green building practices into standards and metrics that scale up sustainability to a neighborhood level.

Based on the firm’s pioneering sustainable design practice and his insights gained from chairing LEED-ND, Doug authored the urban planning best-selling book Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature in 2008.

"Sustainability Fair"
Wednesday, November 7, 10 am - 2 pm, Kirby Commons, Kirby Student Center

Where does UMD get the water you use everyday? Water is integral to our lives. Water is also integral to sustainability, the balance achieved when a society is able to provide for its own needs without compromising the needs of future generations. See how UMD and the Duluth community are addressing issues of water.

1 UMD Stormwater Committee
2 Minnesota Sea Grant
3 Barr Engineering
4 Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD)
5 Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI)
6 UMD Stores
7 UMD Recreational Sports Outdoor Program (RSOP)
8 UMD Office of Civic Engagement
10 UMD Office of Sustainability
11 Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
12 Minnesota Power

"Water and Our Environment"
Thursday, November 8, 7-8:30 pm, Kirby Ballroom

Water shapes the face of our planet. Seventy percent of the surface of the earth is covered by water. We depend on fresh water to survive, yet only four percent of the water on our planet is fresh. Interested in learning more about water? Hear several short presentations featuring UMD faculty and alumni on how UMD is connected to water and our environment.

7:00 – 7:05 - Introduction
7:05 – 7:15 – Brian McInnes
7:15 – 7:25 – Elizabeth Austin-Minor
7:25 – 7:35 – Thomas Johnson
7:35 – 7:45 – Daniel Engstrom
7:45 – 7:55 – Richard Axler
7:55 – 8:05 – Julie Lucas
8:05 – 8:15 – Cindy Hagley

***First Peoples, First Waters
Brian McInnes, UMD Department of Education
Caring for the environment is an integral part of Great Lakes Indian culture. The talk considers the role of water within traditional culture, present day conservation efforts, and long-term environmental and cultural vision.

***Lake Superior Phenology and Floods
Elizabeth Austin-Minor, UMD Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
The timing of Lake Superior's annual ecology events is shifting, with earlier water column stratification and shifts in the timing of freshwater inputs. Elizabeth will discuss these shifts and their implications, along with an overview of one major freshwater input, the 2012 solstice flood event.

***The Great Lakes of East Africa: Threatened by Expanding Agriculture
Thomas Johnson, UMD Large Lakes Observatory
The East African Great Lakes are as big as the American Great Lakes and provide an abundance of fish and high quality water to the people nearby. The lakes are threatened by ambitious plans for agricultural development in the region, which will entail the expansion of irrigation and more intense application of fertilizer.

***Mud in the Waters
Daniel Engstrom, St. Croix Watershed Research Station, Science Museum of Minnesota
The upper Mississippi River once ran clear. How have we transformed the landscape to make it the silt-laden, polluted waterway that it is today? What do we know about these changes, and how do we fix them?

***Weather, Water & People: Water quality data animations to protect Lake Superior and the St. Louis River Estuary
Richard Axler, Natural Resources Research Institute
Coastal communities across the North American Great Lakes are increasingly facing ‘tipping points’.,,, and website-based projects, led by UMD in partnership with various agencies and organizations, make use of online interactive animation tools to inform and educate public and private sector audiences about aquatic systems and what actions can be taken to better manage and protect sensitive waters.

***Protecting Our Water: UMD Educates Water Resource Professionals
Julie Lucas, Cliffs Natural Resources (UMD Alumna)
UMD graduates are prepared to make a great difference in protecting Minnesota's water resources. This UMD geology graduate will talk about how she has applied her education to a career in water quality on the Iron Range.

***Making science matter -- How Minnesota Sea Grant is like a dating service
Cynthia Hagley, Minnesota Sea Grant Program
The Twin Ports is blessed with plentiful, high quality water resources and plentiful, high quality aquatic research about those waters. So what? How do we make sure that research reaches real people to help solve real problems?

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., vice chair and chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper.

"Our Environmental Destiny” with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Friday, November 9, 7 pm, UMD Marshall Performing Arts Center

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., vice chair and chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper, will speak on fresh water and the environment at UMD.

Kennedy was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success helping Riverkeeper, a member-supported watchdog organization, lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. Kennedy is also chairman of Waterkeeper Alliance, an advocacy organization dedicated to preserving and protecting water from polluters.

Kennedy said he developed an interest in rivers because his father was an environmentalist as was his uncle, President Kennedy. In an interview in 2012, Kennedy said, “We have very good environmental laws in this country. If we enforced them, we probably wouldn’t have environmental problems.” Kennedy has been fighting for water and fisheries and working for fisherman for over two decades. One of his concerns is the mercury contamination in fish found in nearly every state in the U.S. He has worked on environmental issues across the Americas and has assisted several indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada in successfully negotiating treaties protecting traditional homelands.

Among Kennedy’s published books are the New York Times’ bestseller Crimes Against Nature (2004), American Heroes: Joshua Chamberlain and the American Civil War and Robert Smalls: The Boat Thief (2008). His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Nation, Outside Magazine, The Village Voice, and many other publications.

Kennedy is clinical professor and supervising attorney at Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic, senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, and co-host of Ring of Fire on Air America Radio. Earlier in his career he served as Assistant District Attorney in New York City. He is a graduate of Harvard University. He studied at the London School of Economics and received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. He received a a Masters Degree in Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law.

An ASL interpreted event. Tickets required, $8 general admission, UMD student tickets free. Contact MPAC Box Office at 218-726-8561, 218-726-8877 or (see UMD School of Fine Arts ticket box).

Community members may park for free in the pay lot, any maroon lot, or the meters after 6:30 pm.

Written by Cheryl Reitan, November 2012


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