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Sustainability Snapshots

Tuesdays,  to 2:45.

Together we must strive toward a more just and sustainable world in which the activities and lifestyles of people are in greater harmony with the natural world, its systems, and resources that enable our lives.  Understanding and addressing the critical challenges that face us across the intersecting realms of environment, society and economy (such as climate change, water quality and quantity, air pollution) requires expertise and skills from a wide array of disciplines.  This series aims to showcase how many of our award winning faculty from across campus are engaging with sustainability in their teaching, research, and/or through applied projects. 

Topics cover a variety of areas including climate change, air and water pollution, business and environmental regulation, political thought, creative writing, accounting, outdoor recreation and access, perceptions of water use and conservation, and more!

The series is open for free to all as a drop-in/lunch and learn event.   To receive the Zoom link and reminders of the week's topic directly to your inbox, please complete this brief form

Students may also attend the series for credit with Dr. Alice Mulder Geog 4920 (1-credit), CRN 28125. A key learning outcome for students in this 1 credit course is to see the wide interdisciplinary connections to sustainability and be exposed to what/how different areas approach sustainability topics and challenges.

Zoom link to join a session in the series:

Schedule: Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.


Introduction to the Course/Series - What do we mean when we talk about and teach sustainability?

Alice Mulder, Associate Professor Geography, Department of Geography, Environment & Sustainability, WSU


The Economics of Secondary Water – What’s it Worth?

Matt Gnagey, Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, WSU



 EcoPoetics Presentation and Reading 

Forrest Gander, Pulitzer Prize winner in Poetry, and visiting writer to WSU

NOTE: This session will be held OUTDOORS in the area WEST of Elizabeth Hall on campus

(The Zoom option should still function)


Accounting for Environmental Sustainability

David Malone, Professor of Accounting, School of Accounting & Taxation, WSU


Toward a Low Carbon Future: Net Zero Housing and Energy Performance

Jeremy Farner, Associate Professor Construction Management, Wadman Center of Excellence Director, 

Building Design & Construction Program Coordinator

This session is also being promoted as part of the Utah Climate Action Network's Utah Climate Week


Course-Based Research on Local Sustainability Issues

Carie Frantz, Assistant Professor Geochemistry & Geobiology, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Co-Director Environmental Science Program, WSU


Global Warming, Hotter Cities: Urban Heat Islands in Ogden and Beyond

Dan Bedford, Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, Environment & Sustainability, and Director of the Honors Program, WSU


Do Pollution Regulations Hurt Producers? How do they Affect Consumers and Society?

François Giraud-Carrier, Assistant Professor Supply Chain Management,  Department of Supply Chain & Management Information Systems, WSU


Teaching Climate Change 

Julian Chan, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics


Access to the Outdoors and Recreation

Lisa Meerts, Assistant Professor, Department of Outdoor & Community Recreation Education, WSU


 Environmental Sociology in Practice:

Uncovering Attitudes Toward Water at WSU through Course-Based Research

Carla Trentelman, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, WSU


Summer Wildfire Smoke and Wintertime Inversions: Utah's Air Quality Problems and Solutions

Hal Crimmel, Brady Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of English Language and Literature, WSU


No session this week.  Enjoy Thanksgiving! 



The Anthropocene in Western Political Thought

Thom Kuehls, Professor Political Science and Chair, Department of Political Science and Philosophy


Teaching Climate Change Solutions

 Maria Groves, Ph.D, Instructor, Department of Geography, Environment & Sustainability, WSU