Climate change events at UAA, Jan. 31–Feb. 28, 2020

by Chris Huston  |   

Climate change is the key issue of our era. Addressing climate change is an “all hands on deck!” situation. Join the UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence, UAA/APU Books of the Year program and UAA College of Business and Public Policy for a series of events exploring the issue this spring.

Showcase on teaching and research on climate change

Friday, Jan. 31, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. | UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Come hear what faculty at UAA are doing to address climate change!

Faculty presenters include: Tim Hinterberger, WWAMI; Mary Dallas Allen, social work; Brandon Briggs, biology; Travis Rector, Physics and Astronomy; Kimberly Pace, Political Science; Mark Martinson, Chemistry; Paul Ongtooguk, Alaska Native Studies; Eric Klein, Geological Sciences; Kevin Berry, Economics; Micah Hahn, Public Health; Ryan Buchholdt, Facilities; and Syverine Bentz, Alaska Center for Conservation Science.

Free and open to the public; free parking.

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Who's doing what about climate change in Anchorage and beyond?

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 6–8 p.m. | 49th State Brewery (717 W. 3rd Ave.)

Wondering what organizations are doing about climate change in Anchorage and beyond and how you can get involved? This is an open house for several organizations with a role for Alaskans to directly engage in activities affecting climate change in Alaska. UAA will participate.

Suggested donation $10

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Alaska beyond oil, with Kate Troll

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2:30–3:45 p.m. | Fine Arts Building, Room 117

The world is moving beyond oil. By looking back at where Alaska’s economy has come since the pipeline boom started, noting new industries and growth within Alaska’s core industries, author and columnist Kate Troll makes the case that Alaskans need not fear this shift in global energy policy. She also examines the ongoing clean energy economy and discusses how Alaska can benefit by joining in.

Free of charge; use parking meters.

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Climate change initiatives around Alaska, with Paul Hawken

Thursday, Feb. 13, 3–4:30 p.m. | UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Paul Hawken, renowned author, entrepreneur and environmentalist, will speak at UAA as part of the Difficult Dialogues Books of the Year program. Paul has written many international bestsellers, including The Next EconomyGrowing a Business, Blessed Unrest, and The Ecology of Commerce, voted the No. 1 college text on business and the environment by professors in 67 business schools. He works with heads of state and businesses across the world. Paul will speak about one of UAA’s Books of the Year, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, which outlines 100 scalable projects and practices that represent a credible path forward to not just slow the earth’s warming but to reach “drawdown,” the point when greenhouse gases actually begin to decline.

In this forum, we will showcase some of the most effective efforts statewide on responding to the climate crisis, followed by discussion with Paul and attendees from UAA and the broader community.

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Paul Hawken presents 'Drawdown: Solutions to the Climate Crisis'

Thursday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m. | Wendy Williamson Auditorium

Free and open to the public. Interpreted for the deaf.

Hosted by UAA Books of the Year program.

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Teaching climate change across the curriculum (for faculty)

Feb. 7, 21 and 28; 1–2:30 p.m. | ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building, Room 201S
Led by Travis Rector, Physics and Astronomy

CAFE learning community for faculty who perceive a connection between their course and any aspect of climate change, and wish to facilitate their students in making that connection. All disciplines are welcome and encouraged to participate. Open to those in the previous group or new participants. Join us! RSVP to

Thawing relations: How climate change shapes Canada's national security in the Arctic and Pacific Northwest

Friday, Feb. 21, noon–1 p.m. | Rasmuson Hall, Room 316

Miriam Matejova (economist, Environment Canada; fellow, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University) will discuss how climate changes have shifted Canadian perceptions of security in the North and how these changes may affect Alaska. An expert on risk and disaster planning, her presentation will also discuss ways to plan for uncertain futures, including scenario planning used in intelligence and military communities.

Matejova has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of British Columbia and is co-author with the CBPP's Dr. Chad Briggs of the book, Disaster Security: Using Intelligence and Military Planning for Energy and Environmental Risks.

Free and open to the public; free parking. Limited seats are available; reserve your spot.

Hosted by the Master's of Public Administration program (MPA) at the College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP). This lecture is supported by the Tower Endowment and CBPP.

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