This University of Montana series was created to honor the upcoming 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Lectures run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays in Gallagher Business Building Room 122. The events are free and open to the public. Mary Ellis, Beginning Food and Rancher Program Coordinator for CFAC, will be presenting on February 13, during the “Sustainable Food” panel.
UM students can enroll for one credit in ENST 191 or 391 or 595. Panel presentations (followed by a Q&A) will spotlight people or groups working on sustainability issues in the topic areas below. Optional field trips and tours will be offered outside of class. A schedule of the lecture series follows:
- Feb. 6: “Sustainable Transportation” – Panelists are from Missoula in Motion, the Missoula Institute for Sustainable Transportation/FreeCycles, Missoula transportation planners and ASUM Transportation.
- Feb. 13: “Sustainable Food” – Panelists are from Garden City Harvest, Western Montana Farmers Cooperative, and Mary Ellis of the Community Food & Ag Coalition.
- Feb. 20: “Sustaining Water and Air” – Panelists are from the Missoula Health Department, Clark Fork Coalition, Earthworks and the Clark Fork Kootenai Basin Council.
- Feb. 27: “Sustainable Energy and Efficiency” – Panelists are from the Montana Renewable Energy Association, Climate Smart and Sunrise/350’s.
- March 5: “Zero Waste” – Panelists are from Home Resource, the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project, Recycling Works and Missoula Compost Collection.
- March 12: “Restoring/Sustaining Ecosystems/Economies” – Panelists are from the Big Hole Watershed Committee, Trout Unlimited, Geum Environmental and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
- March 26: “Faith Community Seeks Sustainability” – Panelists are from Faith and Climate Action, Emmaus Campus Ministry, Montana Interfaith Power & Light and Unitarian Fellowship.
- April 2: “Financing a Sustainable Economy” – Panelists are from MoFi, Clearwater Credit Union, Williamsworks and the UM College of Business sustainable business program.
- April 9: “Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Sustainability” – Panelists will include Rosalyn LaPier, Rose Bear Don’t Walk and QJ Means of UM Environmental Studies.
- April 16: “Family Planning for Sustainability” – Panelists are from UM Women’s Resource Center and Blue Mountain Clinic. Curry Health Center and Planned Parenthood advocates are invited.
Questions or for more information contact Vicki Watson, 406-243-5153 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Earth Day, its history and purpose go to https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2020/ .