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                                     CAMPUS NEWS                                  

Duke To Develop 10,000 Acres of Carbon Storage

Located on a tract of pocosin peatlands formerly drained for agriculture in Hyde County, the allotment "could potentially store enough carbon to offset much of the university's carbon emissions and help Duke meet its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2024." Similar land management and conservation projects are under way in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Canada, California and the Midwest. Read more here.

Middlebury's "CowTalk" Podcast Lets Farmers Speak For Themselves

Through a partnership with the Agency of Agriculture, Middlebury Students were able to sit down with local dairy farmers and speak with them about their lives and the future they see for their industry. According to Senior Kristina Ohl: "What we went into the project hoping was that we identified one of the main ways we could help the industry was if we just had better communication between all parties." Their podcast can be found here.

St. Mary's Students Meet 750+ of Their Natural Neighbors

Using an app called "iNaturalist" the students were able to compete with their classmates to see who could record the most species around the college. Their "Biodiversity of St. Mary's College of Maryland" results are now available online and be found here.

SUNY Geneseo Students Get Their Campus Composting

A student-led campus composting program at SUNY Geneseo kept more than 1,000 pounds of plant and food waste from going to the landfill in the month of November. Student interns from the college's Office of Sustainability distributed compost buckets to individual faculty and staff members to encourage them to divert the compostable waste they generate each day. The nutrient-rich material will be used in landscaping and turf repair on campus, as well as on their campus garden.

Yale Divestment Protest Ends With 50 Students Arrested

The students wanted Yale to cancel holdings in Puerto Rico's debt and divest the endowment from fossil fuel companies. "The funds for our education should not come from environmental destruction and predatory debt,'' said Martin Mann, a member of Fossil Free Yale. "These investments are immoral. They signal that the University sees no issue with the hypocrisy of supporting and profiting from fossil fuel extraction, climate injustice, and neo-colonial exploitation while priding itself in its climate science research and education of social justice." Read more here.

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New Environmental Internship Program At UNC Chapel Hill

Each year, up to 10 undergraduate students will be matched with an environmental internship at a partner organizations where students can supplement their academic work with experiential, professional training. According to the director of the UNC Institute for the Environment, Michael Piehler, this program "allows us to invest in the next generation of leaders in the environmental realm by funding transformational professional experiences for Carolina undergraduates." Learn more here.

Job Alert: Catawba College Tenure-Track Associate or Full Professor-Environmental Policy & Advocacy

The Department of Environment & Sustainability at Catawba College seeks to add a Tenure-Track Associate or Full Professor of Environmental Policy & Advocacy to their faculty cohort. This is a  full-time, nine-month faculty appointment beginning in August, 2019. Responsibilities include, among others, teaching in the Department's Concentrations in Sustainable Planning & Leadership, Natural Resources Management, and Environmental & Outdoor Education, introductory courses on Air-, Water-, and/or Land-related environmental science.

                                 UPCOMING EVENTS                               

Feb.1 University of Michigan Hosts Sinking Cities Exhibit
One of the greatest threats of Climate Change and rising sea levels are the effects it will have on coastal cities all over the globe. In Sinking Cities: Documenting the Realities of Climate Change in Cities Around the World, Michigan alums Marcin Szczepanski and Frank Sedlar exhibit their project on the effects of sea level rise in cities across the world today.

Feb. 2 World Wetlands Day
2 February each year is World Wetlands Day to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands and mark the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971. This year's theme, Wetlands and Climate Change, focuses on the vital role of wetlands as a natural solution to cope with climate change. Find an event near you or list your own here.

Feb.6 Roanoke College, Dopesick Author Speaks on Opioid Crisis
Roanoke College will be hosting New York Times best-selling author Beth Macy for her new book Dopesick. The book focuses on the ongoing opioid crisis in America, particularly in Virginia, and the relationships between pharmaceutical companies, the justice system, and the communities devastated by the crisis.

Feb. 14 Maryland Screening of What Lies Upstream
 Join the Sierra Club, Friends of Ten mile Creek, and the Potomac Riverkeeper Network for a screening of PBS documentary What Lies Upstream. The film covers daunting stories of how toxic chemicals are getting into freshwater sources all across the country and how government negligence and corporate malfeasance allows it to happen.

Feb. 17 Warren Wilson's Power of Place Series Continues
The Power of Place is a series of events celebrating Warren Wilson College's history with a focus on what it means to be located physically, ecologically, and culturally within the overlapping communities and territories that make up Warren Wilson. Land Conservationist and author Jay Erskine Leutze will present on his work "Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save on Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail."

Feb. 21 UC Berkeley Presentation Explores Role Human Vulnerabilities in Past Climate Disasters.
Professor Margaret Nelson will present on her research focusing on the relationships between humans and the climate through archaeology. With a goal of connecting climate related disasters of the past to climate realities of today; Nelson will discuss human societies vulnerabilities throughout time to changes in climate and climate extremes.

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