How do we solve climate change? It is becoming increasingly clear we are running out of time, so how does this influence which solutions we leverage? Should we pursue technological advances in renewable energy and food production? Is it a focus on global behavioral change? What about the role of government and business? Could we geoengineer our climate to get out of this crisis? What about returning to indigenous practices that steward and respect our planet?
Date: April 7th
Location: Goodyear Ten, South Campus
Our university has already cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% in the last few years, but as we continue on our path to neutrality, the tactics and strategies we take to get there will become more difficult, costlier and require greater change.
The campus and the individuals that make it the dynamic place it is will have to make key priority investments and changes that require us to give up past behaviors that drive our daily operations. Are you prepared to eat less (or no) meat in the dining halls? Greatly reduce attending conferences in person? Pay a fee for the carbon you emitted to commute to UB? Throw on a sweater to account for a two degree thermostat drop? Our world and our campus demand strong and swift action to mitigate and adapt to our changing climate and while many of our solutions will create greater opportunity and advance our mission of teaching, research and engagement, it is also clear that we will need to make sacrifices, specific investments and collective changes to enable broader systems transformation.
Join us for a difficult, open, fun and much needed conversation centered around what we are willing to do as an institution, a collective and as individuals to meet the challenge and how it can help advance our university’s climate action strategy.
Date: April 22nd
Location: Center for the Arts, Main Stage