Learn to be Green

Environmental Forum brings Local Food Systems, Landscape Restoration and More Lectures to Campus
August 25, 2017
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Sonoma State University's Environmental Forum, hosted by the new Department of Geography, Environment, and Planning connects faculty and local practitioners to students and the larger SSU community around the themes of local and regional community engagement, environmental sustainability, globalization, and diversity. The Environmental Forum presents weekly talks for students and the public that is at the cutting edge of research and solutions related to climate change, sustainable food systems, renewable energy, community participation in sustainability, watershed restoration, and more. Lectures take place on Thursdays, 12:05-12:55 p.m. in Ives Hall 101. Admission is free and open to the public; parking is $5-$8 on campus.

Environmental Forum Schedule

Sept. 7

Sustainability at SSU: Turning Your Knowledge into Action

Claudia Sisomphou, SSU Sustainability Senator, Dustin Matteo and Liz Platte-Bermeo Program Coordinators, Daily Acts


Sept. 14

Growing Thriving Local Food Systems

Suzi Grady, Program Director, Petaluma Bounty


Sept. 21

What I Learned at the SSU Sustainability Summit

Professor Paul Draper, SSU Director of Sustainability


Sept. 28

Riparian Restoration on Copeland Creek: A Collaborative Affair

Wendy St. John, Instructor, Dept. of Biology and Dept. of Geography, Environment, and Planning


Oct. 5

Beaver: Landscape Restoration, Politics, and You

Professor Jeff Baldwin, Chair, Dept. of Geography, Environment, and Planning


Oct. 12

Planning: What Is It and Why Should You Care?

Professor Tom Jacobson, Dept. of Geography, Environment, and Planning


Oct. 19

On the Relationship Between Capitalism and Climate Change

Professor José Hernández Ayala, Dept. of Geography, Environment, and Planning


Oct. 26

Electrifying a Billion People Without Frying Us All

Daniel Soto, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Geography, Environment, and Planning


Nov. 2

Climate Solutions – A Local View

Ann Hancock, Executive Director, Center for Climate Protection


Nov. 9

Getting to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Geof Syphers, Executive Director, Sonoma Clean Power


Nov. 16           

From Soundscapes to Landscapes (S2L): Monitoring Animal Biodiversity from Space Using Citizen Scientists

Professor Matthew Clark, Department of Geography, Environment, and Planning


Nov. 23



Nov. 30

Regional Watershed Planning: San Pablo Bay Tidal Marsh Restoration and the Bay Camp Summer Youth Program

Dave Koehler, Executive Director, Sonoma Land Trust


Dec. 7 

Ecological Restoration in the Laguna de Santa Rosa: History, Challenges and Opportunities

Paul Weber, Restoration Field Supervisor, The Laguna Foundation


Dec. 15           

Topic to be determined