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Lewis Gilbert from U of M Institute on the Environment to Speak

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Lewis E. Gilbert (in photo), managing director and chief operating officer with the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota will take a compelling look at the state of environmental affairs at the local and national level on Tuesday, April 18 at 5:30 in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center at the University of Lewis GilbertMinnesota Crookston. His topic will be, “What about climate change being a hoax and the use of science in sustainability decision making?”

A light meal will be served along with the lecture and discussion but reservations are required. Contact Dan Svedarsky, director of the Center for Sustainability at 218-281-8129 or Gilbert’s presentation is sponsored by Crookston Students for Sustainable Development.

The first Earth Month was launched in April of 1970 which peaked with 22 April being the first Earth Day. That time marked a great awakening to the state of the global environment and the launching of many programs to improve the environment. Many have continued to strengthen since that time but recent efforts at the national level and at some states threaten to weaken and even undo significant progress made in environmental stewardship. Science itself is being called into question as a basis for decision making.

Gilbert has been with the University of Minnesota since 2011 and refers to himself as an academic entrepreneur in designing interdisciplinary programs at large research universities. He has an interest in promoting how the University of Minnesota system might better collaborate in using the broad range of talent across campuses that relates to sustainability and renewable energy.  He was a key architect in the creation of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and helped revitalize the Nelson Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At Wisconsin he helped organize the International Research Institute for climate prediction and the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts

Gilbert taught in the MPA program at Columbia University and in the Business School at the University of Wisconsin. He has been an invited speaker at a wide range of conferences in the U.S. and abroad. He has a particular interest in the role of humans in the evolution of Earth and on the inherent complexity of natural and human systems.

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