Sustainability Solutions Café

Malik Yakini - Food Day Keynote Speaker - October 16

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The Good Food Revolution: Freedom, Justice and Equity

Malik Yakini
Monday, October 16, 2017
7:00 PM
Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

Malik Kenyatta Yakini is co-founder and the Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN).  DBCFSN operates a seven-acre urban farm and is spearheading the opening of a co-op grocery store in Detroit’s North End.  Yakini views the “good food revolution” as part of the larger movement for freedom, justice and equality. He has an intense interest in contributing to the development of an international food sovereignty movement that embraces Black communities in the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa.

“Climate Change Progress Post-Paris: Is the U.S. Still In?” October 30

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The George Link Jr. Environmental Awareness Lecture

“Climate Change Progress Post-Paris: Is the U.S. Still In?”

Kenneth Kimmell
President of the Union of Concerned Scientists
October 30, 2017
7:00 PM
Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

Ken Kimmell is president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a leading science-based nonprofit that combines the knowledge and influence of the scientific community with the passion of concerned citizens to build a healthy planet and a safer world. Mr. Kimmell has more than 30 years of experience in government, environmental policy, and advocacy. He is a national advocate for clean energy and transportation policies and a driving force behind UCS’s “Power Ahead” campaign to build a large and diverse group of clean energy leadership states.

John Willis - Sustainability Solutions Cafe - May 18

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

“Collaborating with Lakota People”

John Willis, a photographer who splits his energy between his own photography, teaching in colleges and creating collaborative socially based educational community engagement will present on his long time work with Lakota people, creation of the Exposures Cross Cultural Youth Arts Program and work with the resistance movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Sponsored by the Porter Family Fund for Sustainability in the Curriculum and the Studio Art Department at Dartmouth.

Free and Open to the Public.

Áslaug Ásgeirsdóttir - Sustainability Solutions Café - May 17

Will Marine Spatial Planning Save the Oceans?

Áslaug Ásgeirsdóttir, Department of Politics, Bates College       
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
5:00-6:00 PM
101 Fairchild

The oceans are getting crowded as energy production, aquaculture, and related industries move offshore, increasing competition with traditional uses like shipping and fishing. Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) can help us use ocean space efficiently, but, as Ásgeirsdóttir explains, it can only be sustainable if we recognize its limits.

Sponsored by the Porter Family Fund for Sustainability in the Curriculum.

Free and open to the public.

Alex Scalfani ’18 & Madison Sabol ‘18 - Sustainability Solutions Café - May 3

Sustainability Solutions Café with 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.

Sponsored by the Porter Family Fund for Sustainability in the Curriculum.

Brooke Williams - Sustainability Solutions Cafe - April 13

Brooke Williams
Sustainability Solutions Café
Thursday, April 13, 2017
4:30 PM
006 Steele

Provoking Evolution. What if at our essence, we are biological organisms focused on passing life onto the future, and that our main work is to discover how the planet might make the best use of us?

Join us as Brooke Williams presents from his new book, Open Midnight: Where Ancestors and Wilderness Meet.  Reception and book signing hosted by the Norwich Bookstore after the event.

Open Midnight weaves two parallel stories about the great wilderness—Brooke Williams’s year alone with his dog, ground truthing backcountry maps of southern Utah, and that of his great-great-great-grandfather, William Williams, who in 1863 made his way with a group of Mormons from England across the ocean and the American wild almost to Utah, dying a week short. The story follows two levels of history—personal, as represented by his forbear, and collective, as represented by Charles Darwin, who lived in Shrewsbury, England, at about the same time as William Williams.

Sarah Susanka - Sustainability Solutions Café, April 5

Sarah Susanka
Acclaimed Architect, Thought Leader, and Inspirational Speaker
2017 Ethics Dorsett Fellow/Sustainability Solutions Café
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
041 Haldeman

12:00-1:30 pm    Lunch presentation and Discussion “Reinventing our Homes and Communities for Aging Independence” – Registration required at

4:30-5:30 pm     Annual Dorsett Fellow Lecture and Sustainability Solutions Café “Not So Big: The First Step in Sustainability for Home, Community, and Life”

5:45 pm                Reception and Book Signing

Sarah Susanka's "Not So Big" message has become a launch pad for a new dimension of understanding—not just about how we inhabit our homes, but also about how we inhabit our planet and even our day-to-day lives.

Sponsored by the Ethics Institute, cosponsored by the Porter Family Fund for Sustainability in the Curriculum and Osher at Dartmouth.

Josh Fox Movie Screening hosted by Terry Tempest Williams - April 28

How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change

Join Oscar-nominated Director Josh Fox and host Terry Tempest Williams for a special film screening at Dartmouth on the 100 cities tour!

Thursday, April 28
4:30-6:30 PM Film
6:30-6:45 PM Q&A with Film Maker Josh Fox
006 Steele Hall
Reception to follow in the Fairchild Tower under the Globe

In How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can't Change, Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?

Free and Open to the Public.

Riding for Climate Justice - May 3, 2016

Riding for Climate Justice on the Road to UN Climate Negotiations
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
5:30 PM - Reception outside Steele 006
6:00 PM - Talk begins
Steele 006

Morgan Curtis ’14, Youth delegate to COP21 in Paris
David Goodrich ’74, Former Director, UN Global Climate Observing System, NOAA

David Goodrich ’74 finished a career in climate science and rode from Delaware to Oregon in 2011. Four years later, Morgan Curtis ’14 set off on a 6 month storytelling journey to COP21, the UN Climate Conference. The climate advocates, who graduated 40 years apart, now work together as part of Dartmouth Alumni for Climate Action. They will share stories and lessons from their journeys, how climate change plays into current political problems, and the role of phasing out fossil fuels in building a just and stable future.

Free and Open to the Public.