First of three 'great conversations' on Sustainability and Care of the Environment set for Thursday

First of three 'great conversations' on Sustainability and Care of the Environment set for Thursday

I would like to invite all members of the St. Thomas community to participate in the three conversations that will be held this semester on Sustainability and Care of the Environment.

Conversation No. 1
“What are the barriers to creating a more sustainable world?” Thursday, Feb. 21
4-6 p.m.
Room 304, Murray- Herrick Campus Center

Panelists will include Dr. Elise Amel, Dr. Simon Emms and Bob Douglas. In addition to videos and a brief panel discussion, we will announce an exciting Facebook/YouTube video contest (prizes!) for clubs and groups, as well as individuals, which will culminate in Conversation No. 3!

Conversation No. 2
“Youth Forum on Global Warming”
Monday, March 3
4-6 p.m.
O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium

The second conversation will be a “ Youth Forum on Global Warming,” led by Gov. Tim Pawlenty and polar explorer Will Steger (UST alumnus). College students from across Minnesota are invited to this event to interact with the governor and Steger to create global warming solutions for the state. Since registrations are limited because other schools are invited, everyone must register through An overflow site will also be announced.

Conversation No.3
“Taking the Next Step”
Thursday, April 24
4-6 p.m.
Room 304, Murray-Herrick Campus Center

“Taking the Next Step” will be the topic of the third conversation. At this session we will look at positive steps we can take as members of this community to create a more sustainable world. We will view award-winning community videos and other artistic expressions of possible solutions. There will also be a poster session on various campus initiatives already undertaken regarding care of our environment.

These conversations are a response to my convocation address in September in which I encouraged our community to think creatively about our stewardship of the environment. I subsequently suggested that we might do this in several “great conversations” on campus this year.

I want to thank the faculty, staff and students on the planning committee for making these conversations a reality: Elise Amel, Anthony Caruso, Eve Commerford, Cathy Crowell, Andrew DePompolo, Margaret Donohue, Bob Douglas, Simon Emms, Camille George, Tom Hamilton, Gayle Lamb, Steven Lay, Carl Mickman, Gene Scapanski, Angela Streit, and Dan Vevang.