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Event Series Overview

Taplin Environmental Lectures Series

Taplin Lecture 2011-04-07

Endowed by Frank Taplin ’37, the Taplin Environmental Lecture Series was established in 1997. The honorific lecture series features environmental leaders with distinguished service in academic, industry, government and non-profit sectors.

Recent Taplin speakers have addressed a range of topics including the benefits of use-inspired science, the science of climate change, economics and sustainability, environmental ethics, federal land use policy, and the role of science, technology, and industry in environmental mitigation.

Former Taplin honorees include Jane Lubchenco, Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences; Peter H. Raven, director of Missouri Botanical Garden; Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University; Bruce Babbitt, 47th United States secretary of the interior and 16th governor of Arizona; and William Clay Ford '79, chairman, Ford Motor Company. Taplin lectures are open to the general public. more >>

Conferences and Lectures Series

PEI organizes conferences and lecture series on current and emerging environmental topics. Examples of recent conferences and lecture include Environmental Humanities in a Changing World; How Climate Works; Water and Climate; Oil, Energy and the Middle East; Ethics and Climate Change; and Feeding a Hot and Hungry Planet.  more >>

Sponsored and Affiliated Events

PEI hosts speakers and lecturers from academia, industry, and the public and private sectors to present on environmental topics such as environmental humanities, religion and ecology, climate science and policy, conservation biology, energy, infectious disease and global health, sustainable development, water scarcity and environmental justice. more >>


PEI organizes and supports multiple forums that facilitate dialogue across broad sectors of the University community on environmental topics. These include the Energy Group weekly seminars, the Environmental Affairs Forum and the Energy Table at Butler Special Dining Room. Scheduled events are listed on the PEI calendar.

David Bradford Seminars in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP)

The David Bradford STEP Seminar Series offers weekly lunchtime lectures on current topics related to science, technology, and environmental policy. The series is co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Princeton Environmental Institute. To receive seminar notification, please e-mail requests to