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Virtual Campus Sustainability Month

Virtual Campus Sustainability Month - October 2020

It’s still 2020, so that means Campus Sustainability Month at Texas A&M is virtual all October! The Office of Sustainability has partnered with campuses across Texas and the Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) to bring Virtual Campus Sustainability Month directly to your screens!

Join the Office of Sustainability interns, campus stakeholders, faculty, and state partners at live Zoom presentations to enhance your sustainability knowledge. A full program is available below and you can find additional events from our state partners here.

We may be virtual, but we can still reward you with giveaways for participating! Attend two of our virtual events to get a water bottle, three to get a t-shirt, and five to get both, while supplies last! All you need to do is collect code words while watching and submit them all in one email to sustainability@tamu.edu. We hope you join live, but recordings will be made available so you can collect the code words on your own time to claim your prize. The last day to submit your code words is 11/9/20.

**Please note you must be signed into a Zoom account to access live events**

**Please note, you must claim prizes on the TAMU-College Station campus. Shipping is not available**

Past Events 

 

October 6, 2020

Sport Ecology: Understanding the Relationships Between Sport and the Natural Environment

  • Presenter: Dr. Brian McCullough, Associate Professor, TAMU Health & Kinesiology
  • Time: 12 – 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Summary: The current state of the natural environment and determine causes resulting in climate change are taking on a more prominent focus specific to its interplay with sport. The study of sport ecology (McCullough et al., 2020), or the bidirectional relationship between sport and the natural environment, seeks to understand the delicate balance between these two entities to to ensure that the natural environment can thrive while we consume sport, recreation and physical activity whether as active participants or spectators. There is a growing momentum within the sport industry to address environmental impacts. This presentation celebrates the fifth Anniversary of Green Sports Day and the launch of the Sport Ecology Laboratory housed within the Center for Sport Management Research and Education at Texas A&M University by exploring the topics and emphasis of sport ecology research and industry engagement. Specifically discussed are the areas of emphasis of the Sport Ecology Laboratory and the opportunities for collaboration on academic research, educational opportunities, and engagement with the sport industry.
  • Recorded Link: https://youtu.be/W9N9ipEWeOw

October 12, 2020

The Green New Deal: Impacts of an Energy Transition

  • Presenter: Lauryn Perez, TAMU Sustainability Intern
  • Time: 2-2:30 p.m. CST
  • Summary: In 2019, The Green New Deal was proposed by U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and has been a topic of controversy in the political sphere in anticipation of the upcoming election. My presentation will break down this document and discuss the potential impacts it may have on the industry as well as the average citizen. Using various countries around the world as examples will discuss the positive and negative consequences to an energy transition.
  • Recorded Link: https://youtu.be/KW4opvTBj4w

What is Climate Justice Now?

  • Presenter: Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Founder and CEO of Ocean Collectiv and founder of Urban Ocean Lab
  • Time: 6 - 7:00 p.m. CST
  • Summary: Never has there been a more important time to understand the worlds in which we live and the living systems of which we are a part. The sheer scope and scale of environmental dilemmas require robust conversations across disciplines. “Planet Now!” stages urgent conversations about critical issues in a webinar format designed to support research and teaching in and beyond the Rice community and to encourage a broad audience for invigorating dialogues across disciplines. Dr. Johsnon is co-host of the How to Save A Planet podcast; co-editor of the anthology All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis featuring the work of more than 40 women at the forefront of the climate movement; co-creator of the Blue New Deal; Founder and CEO of the consulting firm Ocean Collectiv; and Founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for the future of coastal cities.  
  • Registration Link: https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/3915992576879/WN_qaeb630ZScSjWFgH5OZZUw
  • This environmental studies conversation has been made available to the Texas A&M University community through our colleagues as Rice University and TRACS (Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability). The talk is organized by the Rice University Center for Environmental Studies and the environmental studies curriculum, with generous support from the School of Humanities, the School of Architecture, the Humanities Research Center, the Mellon Foundation through the Diluvial Houston grant, and the Department of Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures. 

October 15, 2020

Modern Day Ethnic Cleansing: The Uyghur Conflict in China

  • Presenter: Michelle Lee, TAMU Sustainability Intern
  • Time: 11 – 11:30 a.m. CST
  • Summary: In the Xinjiang province of China, the Uyghur population is being targeted by the Chinese government and subjected to harsh treatments solely based on their ethnicity. Mass surveillance systems, reeducation camps, and forced sterilization are just a few ways China is imposing control on this oppressed group.
  • Recorded Link: https://youtu.be/rD0jbkrQc24

How Natural Disasters Impact Low-Income Communities

  • Presenter: Thomas Jistel, TAMU Sustainability Intern
  • Time: 2 – 2:30 p.m. CST
  • Summary: A review of environmental effects of high impact climate events, such as hurricanes and wildfires. High impact weather events are becoming more common. This hurricane season we have had over 20 named hurricanes and tropical storms in the Atlantic Ocean and thousands of acres burned in one of the worst fire seasons on the West Coast. I will be examining pollution caused by hurricanes and forest fires and the long-lasting health implications, specifically on low-income communities.
  • Recorded Link: https://youtu.be/4gbxFinIuVY

The Condor & The Eagle Virtual Screening and Panel Discussion

  • Discussion Panelists:
    • Bryan Parras, co-founder of Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.) and the Sierra Club of Texas Beyond Dirty Fuels campaign
    • Yudith Azareth Nieto, climate activist of Another Gulf Is Possible and Los Jardines Institute
    • Veronica Johnson, Sustainability Coordinator at Southwestern University
  • Time: 6 – 9 p.m. CST
  • Summary: From the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, to the oil fields of Texas, to the Ecuadorian Amazon, The Condor & The Eagle tells the story of the collective struggle of the Indigenous peoples of North and South America in their fight to preserve their communities and to protect the Earth from climate change. Join us on October 15th to watch this inspiring documentary, hear from climate activists, and unite our communities in the movement for climate justice.
  • Register for Film for Free Here: https://event.webinarjam.com/register/119/pyg1yu3l
  • Webinar Link for Discussion starting after the film at 7:30 PM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87572903133#success

October 16, 2020

The Importance of Intersectional Environmentalism

  • Presenter: Lily Tetu, TAMU Sustainability Intern
  • Time: 11 – 11:30 a.m. CST
  • Summary: Intersectional environmentalism is a holistic and inclusive form of environmental stewardship. It recognizes underrepresented groups within the environmental movement, as well as the disparity in the ways climate change and disasters affect marginalized communities. In this talk, we will discuss the ways that intersectional environmentalism encompasses all forms of sustainability and can lead the way toward true social and environmental justice. 
  • Recorded Link: https://youtu.be/UfXTisabXto

Colorism Due to Colonialism

  • Presenter: Shreya Veeravelli, TAMU Sustainability Intern
  • Time: 3 – 3:30 p.m. CST
  • Summary: During the colonial era, Europeans invaded Asian and African societies where dark skin was more common. White supremacy established a hierarchy within the communities and brought rise to colorism, leading to stigmatization upon darker skin tones.
  • Recorded Link: https://youtu.be/0HftAis267U

October 19, 2020

Geoengineering: Climate Engineering and its Sociopolitical Implications

  • Presenter: Jessica Bomar, TAMU Sustainability Intern
  • Time: 10 – 10:30 a.m. CST
  • Summary: As the climate catastrophe propels the inevitable end of fossil fuel consumption and accelerates the destruction of the planet and its ecosystems, climate engineering, or the development of technologies in combating or even reversing climate change, holds promise for the future of the planet. But how could this technology go wrong? This sustainability talk will discuss what options the future of engineering poses for combating climate change, what precautions we should maintain with this technology, and how this technology can promote democracy over technocracy.
  • Recorded Link: https://youtu.be/4rSPwKeDXGM

How are Endangered Species Impacted by COVID-19?

  • Presenter: Kendall Sitzmann, TAMU Sustainability Intern
  • Time: 11 – 11:30 a.m. CST
  • Summary: COVID-19 has greatly disrupted the human population; however, we are not the only ones at risk of catching the virus. Nearly half of the species that are at risk of contracting COVID-19 are listed as at least threatened by the World Wildlife Fund. I will be gathering information as to what types of animals are at risk and how this can affect their ecological numbers.  
  • Recorded Link: https://youtu.be/j4E6Y2qJeeA

October 21, 2020

Virtual Campus Sustainability Day
  • Our 13th Annual Virtual Campus Sustainability Day is going to be held virtually.
  • We will share information about the work our Student Organizations, Campus & Community Partners are doing, and how you could reach out to them on our Social Media Channels (Facebook & Instagram @sustainableTAMU).    

October 22, 2020

Seadrift (2019) Film Screening

  • Directed by Tim Tsai and winner of numerous awards, including the Texas Visionary Award and Best Documentary Feature at the Indie and Foreign Film Festival 2019.
  • Please RSVP for a free link to view the film, which will be available one week before the Q&A event on October 22. 

Seadrift Q&A and Discussion

  • Presenter: Chair: Emily Brady, Glasscock Center/Philosophy, Texas A&M University | Tim Tsai, Seadrift Director | Thao Ha, Seadrift Associate Director and Professor of Sociology, MiraCosta College
  • Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. CST
  • Webinar: Please RSVP for link
  • This event is part of the Glasscock Center's Humanities: Land Sea Space initiative, this series of virtual events explores issues concerning environmental justice, energy, community, climate change, and forms of resilience in coastal areas in Texas and beyond. They are collaborating with the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center.

October 23, 2020

  • Fast Fashion During the Pandemic
  • Presenter: Jenny Jiang, TAMU Sustainability Intern
  • Time: 1 – 1:30 p.m. CST
  • Summary: As the pandemic continues to affect businesses around the globe, the fast fashion industry has seen an uproar in sales. This has led to an increase in employment at factories which means these factories are crowded during a pandemic where everyone should be keeping a distance. The treatment of these factory workers has gotten worse as the sales continue to increase. I will be looking into how the pandemic has affected the fast fashion industry and what we can do to help.
  • Recorded Link: https://youtu.be/sKeEQ0-NXi4
  • Sustainability of Disturbances
  • Presenter: Paige Wirth, TAMU Sustainability Educator Intern
  • Time: 5 – 5:30 p.m. CST
  • Summary: For a long time we have been attempting to curve the impact of disturbances on the natural ecosystem due to the perceived negative economic and social impact. In the last 100 years, we have slowly began to understand how important natural disturbances are to the ecosystem, and how management of disturbances can be extremely beneficial to all three branches of sustainability.
  • Recorded Link: https://youtu.be/fwM0PZO5JhU

October 26, 2020

The Past is Not Normal

  • Presenter: Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, TAMU Atmospheric Sciences Professor, Texas State Climatologist; Director of Texas Center for Climate Studies
  • Time: 11 – 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Summary: With climate change, people talk about the "new normal". But what is normal anyway? As children, we discover how the world works and how people interact as we observe and experience them. We apply those expectations to new people and new situations, and we think people strange when they act differently from our expectations: abnormally. But since our experiences are unique, our sense of normal is unique too. It may be better to think of our own experiences of the world as precious rather than normal. The climate change that we each experience will be different partly because that change is taking place compared to our own unique normal or precious past. This applies to places too: those that have experienced natural disasters recently may be both more prepared for and more fearful of climate change than those that have been lucky to avoid recent natural disasters. And the goal of climate change mitigation cannot be to return climate to normal, as desirable as that goal may be.
  • Recorded Link: https://youtu.be/DuU8w9zippo

On Wednesdays We Recycle! Why Recycling is still so Fetch!

  • Presenter:  Caroline Ask, Environmental Compliance & Recycling Manager at City of College Station
  • Time: 1 – 1:30 p.m. CST
  • Recorded Link: https://youtu.be/dJ58oYIbmMQ

The Story of Stuff and Discussion

  • Presenter:  Kendall Sitzmann, Michelle Lee, Lily Tetu, & Jenny Jiang, TAMU Sustainability Interns
  • Time: 6 – 7:00 p.m. CST
  • Summary: This event will feature the short documentary “The Story of Stuff,” which explores the details of where our material goods come from and where they end up. In The Story of Stuff, founder Annie Leonard discusses the problems of a linear economy, and how it interacts with our consumption-obsessed society. Stay tuned until the end of our discussion to be entered into our giveaways!
  • Recorded Link: https://youtu.be/sif0W_CEK8k

October 27, 2020

Sustainability Jeopardy!

  • Presenter: Shreya Veeravelli, Thomas Jistel, Jessica Bomar, Lauryn Perez, TAMU Sustainability Interns
  • Time: 6 – 7:00 p.m. CST
  • Summary: It’s time to play Sustainability Jeopardy! We will play a virtual game of Jeopardy that will pull questions from 6 different categories: Sustainability at Texas A&M, Sustainability at Home, Sustainability; in Food, Sustainability in Transportation, Sustainability in Communities, Sustainability in Energy, and General Topics in Sustainability. Each category; will cover 5 questions that increase in difficulty and point value. Each player will be playing individually and the first person to type the correct answer in the ‘Chat’ will receive the points for that questions, as well as pick the next question. Once we are out of questions, the person with the highest score will receive a special prize! Make sure to tune in and play Sustainability Jeopardy! 
  • Recorded Link: https://youtu.be/Gegu8Xrr6y8

October 28, 2020

Fair Trade: Globally and On-Campus at Texas A&M University

  • Presenter: Stephanie Denson, District Marketing Manager for Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services, Texas A&M Region
  • Time: 11 – 11:30 a.m. CST
  • Summary: As a leader in the global movement to make trade fair, Fair Trade supports and challenges businesses and governments to connect with farmers and workers to provide better prices per product, decent working conditions, and equal opportunities for local family farms and small businesses in developing countries. Come find out how Texas A&M is a Fair Trade Campus and what you can do to be part of the Fair Trade difference! #SeekTheSeal #FairTradeDifference
  • Recorded Link: https://youtu.be/uSa2tEuwxMo

October 29, 2020

Global Forest Conservation: Avoid Unintended Consequences 

  • Presenter: Jianbang Gan, TAMU Department of Ecosystem Science and Management Professor
  • Time: 11 – 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Summary: Deforestation and forest degradation are still occurring at an alarming pace at the global level although tremendous conservation efforts have been made. Even a good local action sometimes can lead to unintended global consequences. What can we do to improve the efficacy of environmental conservation in general and forest conversion in particular? Consumers can be powerful in forest conservation. It is important to think globally and act locally and prudently.
  • Recorded Link: https://youtu.be/cdr5WQTy0F0

October 30, 2020

Coastal Communities and Justice Roundtable

  • Presenter: Chair: Michelle Meyer, Director, Hazard and Reduction Recovery Center, Texas A&M University | Deidra D. Davis, Landscape and Urban Planning, Texas A&M University | Clare Palmer, Philosophy, Texas A&M University | Carlee Purdum (Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, Texas A&M University | Joy Semien, Urban and Regional Science/HRRC, Texas A&M University
  • Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. CST
  • Webinar: Please RSVP for link
  • This event is part of the Glasscock Center's Humanities: Land Sea Space initiative, this series of virtual events explores issues concerning environmental justice, energy, community, climate change, and forms of resilience in coastal areas in Texas and beyond. They are collaborating with the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center.

November 6, 2020

Coastal communities, major environmental change, and inherent resilience: insights from the Fukushima coast

  • Presenter: Chair: Emily Brady, Glasscock Center/Philosophy, Texas A&M University | Leslie Mabon, Marine Social Science, Scottish Association for Marine Science - University of the Highlands and Islands
  • Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. CST
  • Webinar: Click here for Zoom link
  • This event is part of the Glasscock Center's Humanities: Land Sea Space initiative, this series of virtual events explores issues concerning environmental justice, energy, community, climate change, and forms of resilience in coastal areas in Texas and beyond. They are collaborating with the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center.

November 17, 2020

Residence Life Fall Sustainability Dinner & Awards

  • Presenter: Texas A&M Department of Residence Life
  • Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. CST
  • Summary: The 7th Annual Residence Life Sustainability dinner will be held virtually via Zoom. A menu crafted by the AgriLife Extension Office will be sent to attendees prior to the event with a list of plant-based meals you can learn to cook. All meals are vegetarian with instructions on how to make it vegan if desired and use kitchen tools/appliances that residents are allowed to have within the halls. Attendees will be put into breakout rooms for “dinner” and then brought back to the main Zoom room for the announcement of the 2020 Residence Life Sustainability Award winners.
  • Dinner Registration Link: https://ers.tamu.edu/register.aspx?ScheduleId=35046
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