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Interdisciplinary workshop on Climate Change mitigation and adaptation

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

For more information, contact: Jonathan Brockopp (

Penn State recently held a visionary conference on climate change solutions, From Research to Action: The Science of Drawdown. The focus on action is a recognition that the decade of the 2020’s will form an inexorable turning point in human history: either we join together to drastically reduce our greenhouse gas (ghg) emissions, or we allow our inaction to commit future generations to a warming world. Our December workshop is committed to making joint action possible by expanding climate change research to all corners of the University.  The workshop will be free, though advanced registration is required, and space is limited (Registration is closed). A main goal of the workshop is to incorporate arts, humanities, and ethics perspectives into greenhouse gas mitigation projects.

The workshop is sponsored by the Sustainability Institute and co-sponsored by the Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Rock Ethics Institute, and the Humanities Institute.

This four-hour workshop for faculty at Penn State is a starting point for building new collaborative projects. It will feature brief reports from the many initiatives at Penn State that seek to mitigate the effects of climate change through reducing ghg emissions, whether by sequestering carbon, managing soil and forests, building alternative energy infrastructure, encouraging conservation, or other means. It will also include work being done in the humanities, arts, and other fields to begin exploring collaborative possibilities.

The central goals for this workshop are 1) to highlight the work already being done by PSU faculty, staff, and students; 2) to encourage collaboration among the conference participants, the broader University community, and the Commonwealth; 3) to promote incorporation of Arts, Humanities, and Ethics perspectives; 4) to incentivize the realization of new collaborative projects.

Preliminary schedule:

Friday, December 6

12:30    registration

1:00      introductions; thanks

1:15      first set of lightning talks: ongoing mitigation and adaptation projects

2:00      second set of talks: humanities and arts perspectives

2:45      brainstorming session

3:00      coffee break

3:15      table discussions

4:00      plenary and next steps



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