CICR coordinates an annual Sustainability Science Symposium to catalyze interdisciplinary collaboration in sustainability science research and practice at UGA and beyond.
The first ever Sustainability Summit at UGA was held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 in the Jackson St. Building. This free, day-long event combined CICR’s 3rd Annual Sustainability Science Symposium with the Office of Sustainability’s Semester in Review. In addition, on Monday December 5, there was a free EcoFocus Film Festival Screening of “The Burden: Fossil Fuel, the Military, and National Security” at Ciné, followed by a panel discussion.
The Sustainability Summit featured: workshops (‘Mentoring Interdisciplinary Graduate Students’ and ‘Arts and Sustainability’); Office of Sustainability’s Semester in Review, which included welcoming remarks, a half-hour presentation by Office of Sustainability Interns, an announcement of winners of the 2016 Sustainability Grant winners, poster presentations and table displays, and a light lunch; CICR’s 2016 Sustainability Science Symposium – “Meeting Georgia’s Sustainability Challenges” – which featured presentations on urban stream restoration, bioenergy, water policy, sea level rise, art and environment, and sustainable agriculture by Kyle McKay, Laurie Fowler, Mark Callahan, Jill Gambill, Nik Heynen, Liz Kramer, Puneet Dwivedi and Dennis Hancock (download the program here); and a poster session and closing reception.
If you missed the afternoon symposium you can check out recorded presentations on our YouTube channel.
On February 28, 2014 CICR hosted UGA’s first Sustainability Science Symposium & Workshop, which was designed to facilitate faculty and students’ research networks, exposure to new sustainability approaches, and scope for innovation. This event brought together 137 faculty, staff, and students for morning and afternoon keynote addresses, a session featuring oral presentations by faculty and staff, poster session, and afternoon workshops for faculty and students. The keynote addresses were delivered by Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Geography; Director, UGA Atmospheric Sciences Program; and 2013 President, American Meteorological Society (“Prehistoric, contemporary, futuristic: For water, it’s all the same, or is it?”) and Dr. Stephen Polasky, Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics, University of Minnesota, and Member, National Academy of Sciences (“Accounting for the value of nature: Assessing and valuing ecosystem services”). This program was supported in part by the President’s Venture Fund through the generous gifts of the University of Georgia Partners and made possible through the support of our co-sponsors: Office of the Vice President for Research, Bioenergy Systems Research Institute, Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities, Department of Geography, Department of Management Information Systems, Department of Marine Sciences, Franklin College of Arts & Sciences, Odum School of Ecology, Office of Sustainability, the graduate students of the Integrative Conservation Ph.D. program, Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory, Sustainability and Landscape Performance Lab at the College of Environment and Design, and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.