New CU series to focus on connecting scientists and the public

Helping scientists effectively communicate environmental health, safety and resiliency issues with the public is the focus of a new series thanks to a network of environmental science outreach staff at CU Boulder. On Thursday, Oct. 20, Raj Pandya, the director of the Thriving Earth Exchange at the American Geophysical Union, will be visiting CU Boulder to kick off the Engaged Scientist Series, which will include a talk and a workshop to be co-led with Ben Kirshner, the director of CU Engage. “This generation of researchers is more interested than ever in working with communities,” … [Read more...]

CU Boulder ice experts report: Arctic sea ice at lowest maximum for second consecutive year

Arctic sea ice was at a record low maximum extent for the second straight year, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder and NASA. "I've never see such a warm, crazy winter in the Arctic,” said NSIDC director Mark Serreze. “The heat was relentless." Air temperatures over the Arctic Ocean for the months of December, January, and February were 2 to 6 degrees Celsius (4 to 11 degrees Fahrenheit) above average in nearly every region. Sea ice extent over the Arctic Ocean averaged 14.52 million square kilometers (5.607 million … [Read more...]

Teaching Climate Change Conference June 14-15 at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

The National Park Service and the Friends of the Florissant Fossil Beds, Inc. are hosting a 2-day climate change seminar based out of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument June 14-15, 2016.  A world renowned fossil deposit, the Florissant Fossil Beds are 35 miles west of Colorado Springs. Featured speakers include Dr. Dena Smith and Dr. Cesar Nufio, who will present on Biological Climate Change topics. Dr. Dena Smith is Professor of Geological Sciences at CU Boulder and executive director of STEPPE (Sedimentary Geology, Time, Environment, Paleontology, Paleoclimatology, Energy).  Dr. Cesar … [Read more...]

Power Dialog

On Monday, April 4, Power Dialog will support 10,000 students to participate in face-to-face dialog with state-level leaders in all fifty states about what is needed to shift to a clean energy economy. Here in Colorado, the Dialog gives students and community members a voice in critical decisions that will determine their future, and the future of the the earth.  Join us on Monday, April 4 at 3:00pm (a reception will begin at 2:30pm) in the CIRES Auditorium. If you would like to organize a webcast of the event at your high school or college, please email Katya.Hafich@colorado.edu for … [Read more...]

Announcing the BoCo Youth Climate Challenge, a Competition for Middle and High School Students in Boulder County

How can we shift attitude and behaviors and unite the Boulder community to create a more just, sustainable, and climate friendly future?  Announcing the BoCo Youth Climate Challenge, a competition for middle and high school students in Boulder County, facilitated by CU's Learn More About Climate, the Boulder Climate Culture Collaborative (C3 Boulder) and the City of Boulder. Earlier this year, Boulder published a draft of the Boulder Climate Commitment, a document that explains how we can, and why we must, reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2050. The document is divided into three sections … [Read more...]

Climate and Colorado’s Water Future Workshop March 11

What is the impact of climate change on Colorado's water future? Experts from CU Boulder, CSU, NCAR, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, and the Center for ReSource Conservation will prepare you to think critically about the intersection of climate science and water resource issues. The workshop, hosted by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, will be hosted at the new CU Boulder Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex. Workshop attendees will get to tour the INSTAAR Stable Isotope Lab, where you will learn how scientists extract data from ice core samples taken in polar … [Read more...]

Energy Savings Opportunity for Rural and Low Income Schools

Are you looking for ways to cut energy costs at your school, but are lacking the resources to do so?  The Energy Savings for Schools (ESS) Program provides energy management assistance and project implementation support to Colorado K-12 public schools, with an emphasis on rural and low-income communities. The ESS program is Colorado Energy Office's (CEO) comprehensive  K-12 energy efficiency program that consolidates all of CEO’s K-12 program offerings and statutory obligations. The program provides free energy and water audits, technical assistance, coaching, and implementation support for … [Read more...]

AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network Invites Colorado Communities to Explore Impacts of Oil and Gas Development

Community, tribal and K-12 groups are invited to submit project proposals that explore impacts of oil and gas development on their local communities with support from the AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network based at the University of Colorado Boulder. The grants of up to $5,000 each aim to improve understanding of the risks and benefits of oil and gas development as identified by community organizations. Grant recipients will work with AirWaterGas researchers for the duration of their one-year projects. Proposals are due by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Grants will be awarded … [Read more...]

New Video Explores Arctic Sea Ice, Variability, and Climate Models

The heartbeat of the arctic impacts climate worldwide. Join Jen Kay, CU-Boulder assistant professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences fellow, to learn about the “heartbeat”— or melt cycles of the arctic — climate modeling, and climate change in the new video, Arctic Sea Ice, Variability, and Climate Models: Kay studies cloud processes, polar climate, recent and projected Arctic sea ice loss, and evaluation and improvement of climate models. In this video she briefly explains how climate models work and the important role … [Read more...]

Theatre Projects Place Youth Center Stage in Discussions about Building Resilient Communities

Fresh from the “Urban Thinkers Campus: The City We Need” conference in New York, Beth Osnes, associate professor of theatre, explains why involving youth is key to building more resilient communities. Osnes has created a methodology specific to energy development using theatre as a tool. Her many projects work with youth and communities near and far to shine a light on a new energy future. Based on her ongoing research, Osnes has also developed the Solar-Powered Shadow Puppet Performance project. Here, students participate in an energy forum and engage in a collective conversation about … [Read more...]