Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.16
Liaison Rebecca Walker
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2014
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Southern Oregon University
ER-T2-6: Sustainability Events

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator
Facilities Management & Planning
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Does the institution hold major events related to sustainability, such as conferences, speaker series, or symposia, that have students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the event(s):

The Science Department offers a "Friday Science Seminar" speaker series which features presentations by campus and community members on sustainability. In the last two years, a presentation was made by a chief scientist from the Geo Institute entitled "The Forgotten Forests;" an SOU Environmental Studies faculty member presented on "The Socioeconomic Value of Food Gardening Today and Tomorrow;" and a visiting Biology professor spoke about the claims of climate change contrarians.

The Sustainability Office collaborated with student resource centers to host the 2012 Campus Sustainability Day event. This event consisted of several activities including laughing yoga, tours of the organic community garden and apiary, a recycled crafts workshop, a homemade moisturizer workshop, and more.

The Ecology Center of the Siskiyous (ECOS) student organization organizes the annual Earth Day event on campus. Last year, part of the Earth Day event focused on Rogue Valley Cooperatives, featuring a panel of local cooperative leaders and several videos of different types of cooperatives around the world. This event was open to campus and community members.

SOU's President Mary Cullinan created the Insights Distinguished Lecture Series “to showcase the excellent work of our faculty and to share the high caliber of SOU teaching and research with audiences from on and off campus.” This year, the Series featured a presentation entitled “Climate, Grapes and Wine: Understanding Terroir Influences in a Variable and Changing Climate” by a faculty member and contributing author to the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report. This presentation addressed issues of climate change and its impacts on the region's people and the wine industry.

The website URL where information about the event(s) are available:

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