The List: Science and Environmental Happenings in and Around Boulder

Valmont power plant

Boulder's Valmont power plant at night. (Chris Carruth for The Boulder Stand)

by Marisa McNatt

What are the effects of a growing population in cities around the world and the impacts of the media’s coverage, or representation, of climate change? Boulder is answering these questions and others this week.

Two city of Boulder meetings will address ideas for the city’s Climate Action Framework, formerly titled the Climate Action Plan, as well as the city’s energy future.

 “Who Speaks for the Climate? Making Sense of Media reporting on Climate Change,” hosted by the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR). March 19.
What? The media acts as a powerful link between people’s everyday experiences of climate issues and the various ways politicians and scientists discuss climate issues. How the media reports on, or represents climate change affects responses to contemporary climate change issues in myriad ways. Assistant professor at the Center for Science and Technology Policy at CU-Boulder Max Boykoff will present these ideas and others from his book “Who Speaks for the Climate?”
Where? INSTAAR: ARC (RL-3), 6th Floor Auditorium, Room 620.
Time? 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost? Free

“The Challenges of Our Growing Population,” hosted by CU-Boulder’s Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS). March 19.
What? From poverty, to malnutrition, to disaster vulnerability, people migrating into cities from villages and farms around the world create a variety of challenges. Eric Rasmussen, clinical physician and research professor for environmental security and global medicine at San Diego State University, will discuss the impact of increasing populations on cities.
Where? CU-Boulder, ATLAS Center: Cofrin Auditorium. Directions
Time? 5:00 p.m.
Cost? Free

“Sustainable Opportunities Summit. ” March 21.
What? The Summit is the oldest and largest business sustainability conference in the Rocky Mountain Region. Attendees from business, higher education and the public sector are given the opportunity to learn strategies and tools for achieving measurable results.
Where? Colorado Convention Center—Four Seasons Ballroom. Directions
Time? 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cost? Members: $214; Non-Members: $314; Students and nonprofits are eligible for a discounted rate

“Walk-In Wednesday Power Hour Public Meetings,” hosted by the city of Boulder. March 21.
What? The public is invited to come and talk with city staff regarding the Energy & Climate Future Project that launched in December 2010. Anticipating the expiration of its electricity franchise with Xcel Energy, the city of Boulder began actively researching its power supply options in 2005. In fall 2011, voters approved ballot measures 2B and 2C. The 2B measure approves funds for exploring the possibilities of Boulder controlling its own utility and 2C authorizes the City Charter to establish language for operating and governing a Boulder municipal utility.
Where? West Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Avenue
Time? 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost? Free

“Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Seminar,” hosted by CU-Boulder’s Department of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (ATOC). March 21.
What? Melville Nicholls, senior research scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences will lead the seminar. Nicholls’ research interests include numerical modeling, squall lines, gravity waves, airflow around buildings, sources and sinks of carbon dioxide, among others. He currently focuses on tropical cyclones and infrasound from tornadic storms. Nicholls received his doctoral degree in Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University in 1987. He has taught classes in extreme weather and its consequences on society and numerical modeling.
Where? CU-Boulder, Duane Physics: Physics Commons Room at the top of Gamow Tower. Map
Time? 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost? Free

 “Environmental Advisory Board and Climate Action Framework Input,” hosted by the City of Boulder. March 22.
What? In order to help provide direction on the city’s Climate Action Framework, formerly the Climate Action Plan, for 2013 and beyond, the city’s Environmental Advisory Board will begin meeting twice a month on the second and fourth Thursdays. The public is invited to attend and provide input and feedback during the public participation portion of the meeting.

The city of Boulder implemented the Climate Action Plan, or the CAP for reducing local emissions in 2007. City staff is working to engage community members as they research and implement the best methods for reducing energy demand and the emissions intensity of the city’s energy supply.
Where? City Council Chambers — 1777 Broadway
Time? 6 p.m.

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