15 Free Seminars that Address Today’s Biggest Environmental Issues

Free SeminarsWednesdays, January 30 – May 15, 6:00-:30 p.m.

Join us for fifteen free seminars on some of the biggest environmental issues challenging us today. Topics range from genetically engineer crops to the rise of plastics in the oceans and more and are taught by a range of experts in their fields. Seminars are held in room C101 at Three Rivers Community College on Wednesdays, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to arrive promptly by 6:00 p.m.

(Note: Environmental Issues Seminar (K295) can also be taken as a 3-credit course. Call 860-215-9016 for more information.)

A full list of seminars and lecturers is included below:

January 30 – Why Do We Save Land? The History and Role of Land Conservation as a Community Asset – Anthony Irving, Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Coordinating Committee

February 6 – What We Can Learn from the Water Systems of Ancient Rome? How Does Climate Change Factor In? – Dr. Gary Robbins, Professor Geology & Hydrology, UCONN

February 13 – Water Resources in the Developing World: Volunteering to Help Supply Water for Those Without – Dr. John Lane, United States Geological Survey (USGS)

February 20 – Food Justice, Reclaiming Land for Agriculture – Alicia MacAvay, Director of Fresh New London

February 27 – Approaches to Eating in the United States: Consequences for our Health and Environment – Dr. Hedley Freake, Professor Nutritional Sciences, UCONN

March 6 – Algal Diversity and Environmental Health – Dr. Louise Lewis, Professor Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UCONN

March 20 – The History of the Green Lawn Dilemma: Coastal Water Quality Challenges in Connecticut – Judy Preston, UCONN Sea Grant

March 27 – Addressing Climate Change and the Participation Principle: Public Engagement, Climate Justice, and Sustainable Lifestyles – Dr. Stephen Axon, Professor of Geography & Sustainability, SCSU

April 3 – Invasive Non-Native Aquatic Plants Found in Connecticut Lakes – Greg Bugbee and Abigail Wiegand, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

April 10 – Public Perception, Human Health Risks, and Environmental Impact of Genetically Engineered Crops – Dr. Gerald Berkowitz, Professor Agriculture Biotechnology, UCONN

April 17 – Plastic are Invading Our Oceans Worldwide. What are the Impacts Internationally and in Connecticut? – Dr. Vincent Breslin, Professor Marine Sciences, SCSU

April 24 – Bird Conservation across Connecticut and Specifically in the Lyme Forest Block – Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe, Audubon Society

May 1 – International and National Concerns of Stormwater Pollution: Stormwater and Low Impact Design – Dr. Michael Dietz, Professor, UCONN Extension Office Program Director of NEMO

May 8 – Global Climate Change Abroad and In Connecticut. What are the Solutions? – Dr. James O’Donnell, Professor of Marine Sciences, UCONN Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation

May 15 – Hazardous Waste Management Regulations – David Stokes, CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Management and Enforcement


The seminars are coordinated by Diba Khan-Bureau, Professor of Environmental Engineering Technology, and are free and open to the public. For more info, contact Professor Diba Khan-Bureau at 860-215-9443 or dkhan-bureau@threerivers.edu.


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