Sustainability Solutions Café

The Sustainability Solutions Café—an interdisciplinary speaker series supported by the Porter Family Fund for the Sustainability Minor—features practitioners and scholars who are pioneering solutions to a diversity of sustainability problems, sharing their ideas through café-style discussions with interested members of the Dartmouth and broader community.

Who Speaks at the Sustainability Solutions Café?

Cafés feature practitioners and scholars whose work pursues viable and innovative solutions to a pressing sustainability challenges and may focus on specific topics, such as energy, food systems, or climate change; issues of health, equity and social justice; or engage with wider themes, such as sustainability and business or sustainability in Higher Education.

Nominate a Speaker

Faculty and students are encouraged to nominate a practitioner or scholar for a Sustainability Solutions Café.  To nominate a speaker, please fill out the speaker nomination form.

Upcoming Cafés


Alex Scalfani ’18 and Madison Sabol ‘18
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
B03 Moore

Our Civic Responsibility: Reflecting on the People’s Climate March

What does it mean to be an engaged citizen? How are Dartmouth students acting upon this role? In these tumultuous political times, it is more important than ever to be informed and active in representing environmental and social justice interests. In this talk, Madison and Alex will reflect on their experience at the People’s Climate March in DC on April 29 in respect to their background as environmental studies majors. In the words of Terry Tempest Williams, “Action is the antidote to despair.” Choosing to grow into our civic responsibilities may take us out of our comfort zone, but is essential for our personal journeys as agents of change.


Winona LaDuke
Indigenous Women and the Environment: DAPL and Keystone XL   
Friday, May 5, 2017
105 Dartmouth Hall

Winona LaDuke (Ojibwe) is a well-known environmentalist, economist, writer, and leader. She founded the White Earth Land Recovery Project in 1989, focused on buying back traditional lands from non-Natives for indigenous sustainable development. In 1993, she founded Honor the Earth, an organization which seeks to create awareness and support for indigenous environmental issues, Native development, art, and policy. Honor The Earth and LaDuke were centrally involved at Standing Rock, using media to garner large support against the Dakota Access Pipeline.


Áslaug Ásgeirsdóttir, Department of Politics, Bates College       
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
4:45-5:45 PM
L01 Carson

“Will Marine Spatial Planning Save the Oceans?”

Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), which entails creating detailed plans for new and current uses of ocean space, is being implemented by members of the European Union and US states such as Rhode Island and Massachusetts as a way to better manage the oceans as new demands for space are increasing, such as off shore wind. This talk will discuss the advantages and limits of MSP as it is currently being implemented.


John Willis
Professor and Photographer, Marlboro College
Thursday, May 18
Haldeman 041

Standing Rock photos and Exposures Cross-cultural Youth Arts Program

Stay tuned for more info!


All cafés are sponsored by the Porter Family Fund for Sustainability in the Curriculum.

Past Cafés

For a look at our past Sustainablity Café Events, an archive is available here.

Contact Information

Kim Wind
Phone: 603-646-2838