14 Free Seminars that Address Today’s Biggest Environmental Issues

Join us for fourteen free seminars on some of the biggest environmental issues challenging us today. Topics range from Bird Conservation to Approaches to Eating in the United States: Consequences for our Health and Environment, and Global Climate Change to Our Ancient Culture, taught by a range of experts in their fields. Congressman Joe Courtney will also address Earth Day … 50 years! Environmental Issues in Connecticut and in the USA on April 8. 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.

Spring 20 Env Poster(Note: These talks are included in Environmental Issues Seminar (K295) and Environmental Science Seminars (BIO 289), which can also be taken as 3-credit courses. Call 860-215-9016 for more information.)

A full list of seminars and lecturers is included below:

January 29 – What We Can Learn from the Water Systems of Ancient Rome – Dr. Gary Robbins, Professor of Geology & Hydrology, UCONN

February 5 – Bird Conservation across Connecticut and specifically in the Lyme Forest Block – Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe, Audubon Society

February 12 – Using GPS to Reveal the Secret Lives of Mountain Lions – Dr. Thomas Meyer, Professor of Geomatics, UCONN

February 19 – Approaches to Eating in the United States: Consequences for our Health and Environment – Dr. Hedley Freake, Professor of Nutritional Sciences, UCONN

February 26 – The History of the Green Lawn Dilemma: Coastal Water Quality Challenges in Connecticut – Judy Preston, UCONN Sea Grant

March 4 – Algal Diversity and Environmental Health – Dr. Louise Lewis, Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UCONN

March 11 – The Management of Recreational Fishing: What it Means for Connecticut’s Economy and Environment – Mike Beauchene, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

March 25 – International and National Concerns of Stormwater Pollution: Stormwater and Low Impact Design – Dr. Michael Dietz, Professor, UCONN Extension Office Program Director of NEMO

April 1 – Our Ancient Climate – Dr. Peter Siver, Professor of Botany and Environmental Studies, Director of Environmental Studies Program, Connecticut College

April 8 – Earth Day … 50 years! Environmental Issues in Connecticut and in the USA -Congressman Joe Courtney

April 15 – Invasive Aquatic Plants found in CT Lakes – Greg Bugbee and Abigail Wiegand, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

April 22 – Global Climate Change Abroad and in Connecticut: Consequences and Remedies – Dr. James O’Donnell, Professor of Marine Science, Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA)

April 29 – Making Sense of the Geographical Distribution and Conservation of Connecticut’s Amphibians and Reptiles – Hank Gruner, Author, Vice President of Programs, Connecticut Science Center (retired), and Herpetologist

May 6 – Hazardous Waste Management Regulations – David Stokes, CT Department 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@trcc.commnet.edu

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