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Conferences and Lectures Series

PEI organizes conferences and lecture series on current and emerging environmental topics. With support of partnering programs across campus, PEI aims to raise awareness around the ethical, scientific, technical and political dimensions of environmental issues, to interest and engage a cross section of the University community in discussion of these issues, and to create the potential for lasting impact on Princeton’s campus and in the broader community. The series have involved scholars, policy experts and industry professionals and have catalyzed the development of new research initiatives, courses, and sustainability efforts on campus.


What Arts & Humanities Are Good For

What Arts and Humanities Are Good For

Environmental Humanities Lecture Series

Is the climate warming at a terrifying pace? Are toxins leaking into the groundwater? Do our cities have wide, gaping food deserts? The What Arts & Humanities Are Good For series asks how we can deploy the essential insights and methods of the humanities and arts to tackle urgent environmental issues. more >>


Environmental Humanities in a Changing World (March 8-9, 2013)

Environmental Humanities in a Changing World

A Taplin Environmental Event

This two-day conference not only brought together leaders from a range of fields in the environmental humanities, but also prominent artists producing work with environmental import. The goal was to both provide succinct overviews of these fields and an introduction to this art, as well as to consider how these various approaches could work together for the future of our planet. more >>


How Climate Works (October 12, 2012)

How Climate Works

Symposium

In October, the Princeton University Press and the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) hosted a one day symposium at Princeton University on the Fundamentals of Climate Science. The event featured scientists who provided an overview of the state of art of climate research in their particular field of expertise. more >>


Water and Climate: Science, Policy and Security in the Face of Change and Uncertainty (Spring 2010)

Water and Climate

A Development Grand Challenge Lecture Series

During this Spring 2010 lecture series, Water and Climate: Science, Policy and Security in the Face of Change and Uncertainty, four distinguished experts addressed critical issues including concerns about water security; management of fresh water resources; global governance of and international laws pertaining to fresh water supplies; and the need to ensure adaptation to the possibility of changes in the global water cycle due to global warming. more >>


Oil, Energy, and the Middle East

Oil, Energy and the Middle East

Siebel Energy Grand Challenge Lecture Series

The Oil, Energy, and the Middle East project aimed to achieve a better understanding of the causes behind the tightening of the global oil supply; the prospects for increasing supply and the future of the oil industry; the political, economic, and security outlook for the Middle East; nonconventional oil, alternative energy and fuel sources; and the interplay between all these issues and carbon emission control. more >>


Ethics and Climate Change (Spring 2009, Fall 2008)

Ethics and Climate Change

A Siebel Energy Grand Challenge Lecture Series

An interdisciplinary group of scholars examined the ethical dimensions of climate change in this fall Siebel Energy Grand Challenges Lecture Series entitled "Ethics and Climate Change." This two, 5-part series was sponsored by PEI and the University Center for Human Values. more >>


Feeding a Hot and Hungry Planet (April 29–May 1, 2009)

Feeding a Hot and Hungry Planet

A Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 Ethics and the Environment Lecture Series

PEI hosted Feeding a Hot and Hungry Planet: The Challenge of Making More Food and Fewer Greenhouse Gases. This one-day symposium, two-day conference explored the scientific, political and ethical questions presented by the need to greatly boost food production to feed a growing world population while reducing agriculture’s contribution to 30 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases. more >>


Inside the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: Science, Policy and Politics

Inside the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: Science, Policy and Politics

A Siebel Energy Grand Challenge Lecture Series

This six-part lecture series brought together lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report to discuss the latest scientific findings and the unique process of coordinated scientific effort that is the IPCC. The series was co-sponsored by the Siebel Energy Grand Challenge, the Program in Science, Technology, the Environmental Policy of the Woodrow Wilson School, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.  more >>


A Different Shade of Green: Race, Place and Environmental Justice (April 28-29, 2008)

Different Shade of Green

A Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 Ethics and the Environment Lecture Series

This two-day conference focused on the historical and policy dimensions of environmental justice and included over 16 speakers working at the intersection of social justice and environmental stewardship. The conference capped a yearlong collaboration between PEI and the Center for African American Studies. more >>


Food, Ethics, and the Environment (November 16-17, 2006)

Food, Ethics and the Environment

A Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 Ethics and the Environment

With nearly 1,000 in attendance, this event explored a multitude of ethical issues surrounding food production and consumption and its environmental impact. The two-day conference brought together industry experts, scientists, local farmers, students and representatives of University dining services to build on existing movements on and off campus to examine food choices. more >>