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Energy Table: Prof Ning Lin (CEE) on Climate Change and Tropical Cyclone Risk

Dec 2, 2015  ·  4:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m.  ·  Rockefeller Private Dining Room

The Butler/PEI Energy Table provides an informal, student-driven forum for engaging with current issues in energy, sustainability, and environment through dinnertime discussions with speakers from the Princeton University community.
We meet on Wednesdays in the Rockefeller Private Dining Room (PDR). All Princeton University undergraduate and graduate students are welcome, and meal passes are available for those without meal plans.

SOCCOM Google Hangout: Climate Change and the Southern Ocean

Dec 3, 2015  ·  11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  · 

This year wraps up with big climate and weather news – on international efforts in Paris to reach a global agreement on limiting emissions, about the strong El Nino in play in the Pacific Ocean, and with the acknowledgment that this year will be the hottest ever recorded.
Join us for a Google Hangout that explores the critical role the Southern Ocean plays as it relates to current events, and hear from some of the world’s leading climate scientists and educators as they reveal what new research gleaned from robotic floats tells us about the huge and important body of water that encircles Antarctica.

“Irreversibility and Other Democratic Problems for Environmental Politics” Lisa Ellis

Dec 10, 2015  ·  4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.  ·  Aaron Burr Hall, Room 216

Climate Futures Initiative Seminar

Professor Lisa Ellis, University of Otago, Department of Philosophy

"The Des Moines Farming Corridor" Mario Gandelsonas

Dec 15, 2015  ·  12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.  ·  Guyot Hall Room 10

This event is part of Fall 2015 PEI Faculty Seminar Series

Once lacking in its 9 to 5 downtown residential presence, the City of Des Moines has been radically restructured through the Des Moines Vision Plan of 1990 -- a process Gandelsonas developed 25 years ago. The Plan has fostered the City’s urban transformation through several projects that reversed the flight to the suburbs and led to the creation of new residential and commercial developments, new public spaces, new cultural institutions and an increasing number of exciting events. People are now flocking back to the downtown by the thousands. To sustain and amplify the momentum generated by this process, a new project is being developed intended to resonate with both Iowa’s historical roots in farming and with new twenty first century trends and technological advancements.  Gandelsonas will discuss the first prototype in this new initiative—The Des Moines Farming Corridor.   

This first stage of restructuring was based on transforming, upgrading or redeveloping existing conditions. A new phase in the development of Downtown Des Moines, the DMFC will propose new questions that address contemporary issues including food, health, education and sustainability.

• It would help educate people about gardening practices, reconnect city dwellers to the source of their food, and contribute to an increased awareness of the health benefits of choosing fresh vegetables and fruits over highly processed foods.
• The farming corridor will complement the Des Moines school lunch initiative.  Students, starting in kindergarten through high school, will learn about farming in greenhouses build in the school yards.
• The greenhouses, will create energy efficient winter farming. 'Deep winter' greenhouses, with a passive solar heating system that captures the day's warmth and underground heat storage that releases it at night will allow year-round farming. 
• And finally, in terms of the environment, eating locally grown food will help to reduce the distance from farm to table and lowering carbon emissions related to transporting food.

Priority Deadline to Apply for Established Internships

Jan 8, 2016  ·  11:55 p.m.11:55 p.m.  · 

The Internship Program is open to all Princeton freshmen, sophomores, and juniors with an interest in environmental topics, regardless of academic major.

Spring 2016 PEI Faculty Seminar Series - Janet Currie

Feb 9, 2016  ·  12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.  ·  Guyot Hall Room 10

Janet Currie, Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School. Chair, Department of Economics. Director, Center for Health and Wellbeing

Two Day Symposium: After the Spectacular Image: Art, Architecture, and the Media of Climate Change

Feb 11, 2016  ·  4:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m.  ·  Betts Auditorium, Architecture Building

Main sponsor—PEI but also--co-sponsored by the Princeton School of Architecture, the Princeton-Mellon Initiative on Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, and the Program on Media and Modernity

February 11 4:30-6:00
Feb  and 12, 2016 8-5pm

Environmental Humanities Salon: "Water and Power: Human Rights and Environmental Chemistry in Papua New Guinea’s Highlands" Sarah Knuckey

Feb 26, 2016  ·  12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.  ·  Guyot Hall, Room 100

This event is part of The Multispecies Salon: Environmental Humanities Dialogues

Sarah Knuckey (Columbia University) and Joshua Fisher (Columbia University). Lunch & discussion 12:30pm-2:00pm, Guyot 100.

Thousands of indigenous people live near the Porgera mine, majority-owned by Canadian corporation Barrick Gold. The indigenous community fears that mine operations have polluted their rivers and streams, contaminated rainwater, caused erosion and landslides, and contributed to poor air quality and low crop yield. Sarah Knuckey and Joshua Fisher (Columbia University) designed an interdisciplinary rights-based study to respond to the indigenous community's requests for an independent assessment of the mine's environmental and human rights impacts. This unique approach blends physical science and human rights methods and perspectives to improve our understanding of how metals and chemicals released from the mine site travel into the surrounding ecosystem and potentially impact the communities living near the mine.

Spring 2016 PEI Faculty Seminar: "Goldilocks in Byzantium - Did More Rain Help a Struggling Empire Survive the Arab-Islamic conquest?" John Haldon

Mar 8, 2016  ·  12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.  ·  Guyot Hall Room 10

John Haldon, Shelby Cullom Davis '30 Professor of European History. Professor of History and Hellenic Studies. Director, Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies

Spring 2016 PEI Faculty Seminar Series, John Groves

Apr 5, 2016  ·  12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.  ·  Guyot Hall Room 10

John Groves, Hugh Stott Taylor Chair of Chemistry. Professor of Chemistry

Spring 2016 PEI Faculty Seminar Series, Danny Sigman

May 3, 2016  ·  12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.  ·  Guyot Hall Room 10

Danny Sigman, Dusenbury Professor of Geological and Geophysical Sciences. Professor of Geosciences