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The List: Week of April 7

Flatirons 2Check out this week’s List for the best environmental- and science-focused sessions from CU Boulder’s Conference on World Affairs, plus other local events to help you reassess your environmental lifestyle impacts. Kids are invited to the monthly CU Wizards science show, and if you are getting your garden ready, Alison Peck’s do-it-yourself irrigation tutorial might be just the ticket.

 

CU Wizards Present Science for Kids

What? The CU Wizards are presenting their monthly show this coming Saturday, bringing the “magic” of science to kids in a way that is fun and educational. This week’s show is called the “Chemistry of Energy” and Steve George, one of CU’s engineering and biochemistry professors, will give an interactive presentation of how chemistry and energy intertwine and why kids should care.

Where? Room 140, Cristol Chemistry, CU Boulder

When? Saturday, April 14, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Cost? Free

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Irrigation for Your Backyard

What? Drip irrigation is a great way to conserve water while still providing consistent moisture for your yard or garden. Don’t be daunted by this project – Boulder sustainable landscape expert Alison Peck will teach you simple techniques to execute your own drip irrigation system. Conserving water also saves money on water bills and a system for plant watering will ensure your garden is healthy, fast-growing and productive.

Where? Harlequin Gardens, 4795 North 26th Street, Boulder

When? Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m.

Cost? $15

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Adopt Your Own Energy Policy to Save Money & Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

What? This is an introduction seminar on where to start to save money on your utility bills and start reducing your energy use and environmental impact. Whether you are looking to acquire energy-saving appliances, increase your property value or just learn more about what options might be best for you and your family, this presentation is sure to provide answers about how to go green.

Where? Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA), 1981 Blake Street, Denver

When? Thursday, April 11, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost? Free

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Top 5 Science & Environmental Sessions from the Conference on World Affairs

Losing Faith in Science

Where? UMC East Ballroom, CU Boulder

When? Monday, April 8, 2013, 9:00-10:20 a.m.

Cost? Free

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Climate Change: Get Used to It

Where? Room 140, Cristol Chemistry, CU Boulder

When? Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 3:30-4:50 p.m.

Cost? Free

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Investing in a Sustainable Future

Where? UMC 235, CU Boulder

When? Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 3:00-4:20 p.m.

Cost? Free

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The Power of the Energy Industry

Where? Wolf Law Wittemyer Courtroom, CU Boulder

When? Thursday, April 11, 2013, 9:00-10:20 a.m.

Cost? Free

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Economic Growth Versus the Environment

Where? UMC East Ballroom, CU Boulder

When? Friday, April 12, 2013, 1:00-2:20 p.m.

Cost? Free

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The List: Week of March 31

FlatironsBack from spring break and inspired to get a jump on sustainability events in town? This week’s List has options for film and photography lovers and topics from carbon taxes to fracking. Another season is in transition, so get involved in community planning for future green events or attend filmmaker James Balog’s review of the making of “Chasing Ice.”

 

The Making and Art of “Chasing Ice”

What? Filmmaker James Balog will participate in a public interview and examine the making of his film Chasing Ice. This event will focus on the connection between art and environmental science, and how Balog’s photography has shown viewers worldwide what real, visual changes can occur as a result of climate change. Unseen footage will be presented and Balog will share his insights and plans for future work.

Where? Macky Auditorium, 285 University Ave, CU Boulder

When? Monday, April 1, 7:00 p.m.

Cost? Free.

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Carbon Tax Discussion

What? A one-hour presentation and discussion on how a carbon tax could be created and positioned to provide returns back to taxpayers. This presentation, by Lynate Pettengill of the Citizens Climate Lobby, will help you understand what greenhouse gases are being released into the atmosphere as a result of human activity and how those gases must be reduced to protect the natural environment.

Where? The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St., 3rd Floor, Denver

When? Tuesday, April 2, 12-1:00 p.m.

Cost? Free.

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Local Fracking: Lecture Series Continues

What? This week’s fracking information session and discussion is presented by Kirby Wynn, a gas and oil liaison between Garfield County and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Wynn’s insight into Garfield County’s experience with fracking will be presented with a focus on how other industry players can succeed in building relationships with the community. This ongoing lecture series about natural gas development will continue meeting weekly through May 2013.

Where? Hale, Room 270, CU Boulder

When? Tuesday, April 2, 6:30 p.m.

Cost? Free.

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Community Night with Boulder Green Streets

What? Boulder Green Streets is a local non-profit promoting sustainable events focusing on car-free travel, sustainability and community environmentalism. Their community night takes place on the first Wednesday of each month and April’s event will focus on organizing for upcoming events promoting natural foods and cycling.

Where? Shine Restaurant, 2027 13th Street, Boulder

When? Wednesday, April 3, 5-7:00 p.m.

Cost? Free.

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Environmental Photo and Film

What? Featuring photography, music and film from John Fielder, Karl Snyder and Laurie Dameron, this event brings to light the environmental impacts each person can make with a little knowledge. Lifestyle choices can be easy with the right motivation, and this event will include showings of two award-winning documentary trailers.

Where? Sam Gary Library, 2961 Roslyn Street, Denver

When? Saturday, April 6, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost? Free.

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The List: Week of March 17

Flatirons 2In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, this week’s list of environmentally-friendly events incorporates beer. Several places around Boulder are giving out free beer at their events, whether the happy hour discussion of choice is automotive care, natural products or in celebration of Colorado Craft Beer Week. If you had enough beer over the weekend, visit a chemistry science seminar or take a friend to see the film Crude: The Real Cost of Oil.

 

 

Seminar: Analytical Chemistry via Scientific Instrument

What? From the CU Boulder department of chemistry, Ivan Ortega presents a talk reviewing and evaluating a scientific instrument called the MAX-DOAS that finds information about trace gases such as nitrogen dioxide and formaldehyde and determines their multiwavelength aerosol properties. The MAX-DOAS instrument was operational for six weeks at Cape Cod, Mass. for an observation project that collected data about weather and atmosphere conditions. This seminar is presented in part by the CU Boulder Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences.

Where? CIRES Fellows Room, 1665 Central Campus Mall, CU Boulder

When? Monday, March 18, 12:00 p.m.

Cost? Free.

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Boulder Natural Products Industry Networking Night

What? More than 100 Boulderites attend Naturally Boulder’s monthly networking night. Join everyone this Monday to visit with professionals from the natural products industry and possibly have an opportunity to introduce yourself to a roomful of industry participants. Naturally Boulder is a non-profit organization focusing on supporting the natural product industry in the area.

Where? Casa Alvarez, 3161 Walnut Street, Boulder

When? Monday, March 18, 5:30 p.m.

Cost? Free for members, $10 for non-members.

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Free Beer at Boulder Green Drinks & Car Care

What? A car-themed cocktail hour. Attend this Boulder Green Drinks event to learn about how to maximize your car’s mileage and minimize emissions by taking proper care of your car! Pellman’s Automotive staff will be leading tours of the garage, including their eco-friendly practices and their advanced solar system. Local beer brewery Upslope Brewing will be handing out free beer, and free wine and snacks will be provided by ReDirect Guide. How many Subarus will be there? Bring yours!

Where? Pellman’s Auto, 2560 49th Street, Boulder

When? Tuesday, March 19, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Cost? Free; suggested donation of $5-10.

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CRUDE: Film Screening at CU Boulder Environmental Center

What? This must-see film documents the legal scuffle between the people who live in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador and the oil giant Chevron. The film has won an impressive number of awards and was shown at dozens of film festivals around the world. Detailing the struggles of people watching their home be poisoned by the profit-driven pursuit of a natural resource, this film provides insight to a current story that continues to play out. Join CU Boulder law professor Doug Vilsack for an update on the status of the situation.

Where? Humanities Building, Room 135, CU Boulder

When? Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 6:00 p.m.

Cost? Free.

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Colorado Craft Beer Week: Local is Sustainable

What? Keep your drinking habits sustainable this week by supporting local businesses and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions by keeping demand on imported beer low. Upslope Brewing will have prizes such as free beer, pint glasses and six packs for trivia winners. Five new local breweries will host a tasting on Wednesday at West Flanders Brewing Company. Twisted Pine Brewery will hold team-based Brewery Olympics including blind keg tapping. Support the non-profit Colorado Brewers Guild this week no matter where you are in the state or which day you have available.

Where? Colorado! Events take place in Boulder, Denver, Frisco, Eagle, Grand Junction, Vail, Longmont and more.

When? March 18-24, 2013

Cost? Varies.

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