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Sustainability Speaker Series Hosted by Falk School of Sustainability

PITTSBURGH:  The Falk School of Sustainability is hosting a Sustainability Speaker Series, featuring a variety of talks by sustainability professionals.  These talks are free and open to the public. For information on the series, contact Hallie Jensen at (412) 365-1347. The full schedule includes:

Get your sustainability career started!
Miriam Parson
Tuesday, February 9th, 5-6 pm – Shadyside Campus, Woodland 103

Miriam Parson, a former Falk School student, is a program manager with over six years experience innovating and leading sustainability, community development, policy, and service-learning projects. She believes strongly in the power of networks and collaboration to leverage resources and better serve our communities’ sustainable futures. Currently, she leads SCA’s Green Cities Corps program in Pittsburgh, managing Sustainability Fellows across strategic partnerships to increase citywide sustainability. She is a Chatham MSUS program alumna and is interested in collaborative leadership and nudging leverage points, while collaborating across the Pittsburgh region’s green renaissance.

Sustainable impact through sustainable finance  
Candace Link
Thursday, March 3rd, 5-6:30 pm – Shadyside Campus, Beckwith Lecture Hall in the Science Complex

Candace Link is a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley in Pittsburgh, a Chatham College alumna in Business and Management and holds an accounting degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She is passionate about the environment and utilizes Morgan Stanley’s Sustainable Impact platforms to help clients align investment success and long-term values to include positive environmental and/or social impact. Professionally, her biggest strength is helping clients prepare for and understand the “what-ifs” of financial planning.

Global Climate Change: The Washington Realities
Robert K. Musil
Tuesday, March 15th, 4:30-6:00 pm – Shadyside Campus, Mellon Board Room

Robert Musil has led national campaigns on global climate change for over two decades. He discusses the realities of why progress in Washington has been so difficult – from the power of the carbon lobby to the failures of Presidential leadership, to an insufficiently organized environmental movement – and why there may now be hope in 2016 and beyond.

Robert Musil is the President of the Rachel Carson Council and former CEO of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility. He is the author of Hope for a Heated Planet: How Americans are Fighting Global Warming and Building a Better Future (Rutgers, 2009) and Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America’s Environment (Rutgers paperback, 2015). Musil is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies of American University where he teaches Global Climate Change and American Politics.

Just sustainabilities: re-imagining e/quality, living within limits
Julian Agyeman
Monday, April 11th, 1-2:30 pm – Shadyside Campus, Location TBD

Julian will outline the concept of ‘just sustainabilities’ and argue that integrating social needs and welfare, offers us a more just, rounded, and equity-focused definition of sustainability and sustainable development, while not negating the very real environmental threats we face. He will define it as the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems. He will then look at examples of just sustainabilities in practice in the real world focusing on ideas about ‘fair shares’ resource distribution globally; planning for intercultural cities; achieving wellbeing and happiness; the potential in the new sharing economy and finally the concept of ‘spatial justice’ and how it complements the more established concept of social justice.

Julian Agyeman is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, Medford, MA. He is an environmental social scientist whose expertise and current research interests are in the complex and embedded relations between humans and the environment, whether mediated by governmental institutions or social movements, and the effects of this on public policy and planning processes and outcomes, particularly in relation to notions of justice and equity. He is co-founder, and Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. With over 150 publications, his recent books include Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability (MIT Press 2011), Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice (Zed Books 2013), and Incomplete Streets: Processes, practices, and possibilities (Routledge 2014). His latest book (December 2015) is Sharing Cities: The Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities.