UC Sustainability

UC Sustainability

Lecture Series

The Climate Commitment 101 lecture series was founded in April 2007 by the President's Advisory Council on Environment & Sustainability (PACES) to help educate the UC community about the President's Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). At that time, the lecture was a quarterly event and featured a variety of staff and faculty who spoke about climate change issues and their research in sustainability.

The lecture series gradually expanded to a monthly format and now features several lectures each term, some organized by the Office of Sustainability and others organized by academic departments and centers. The topics and speakers are diverse, ranging from science and engineering to philosophy and the fine arts. They are a way for the UC community and Greater Cincinnati to learn about sustainability in an informal atmosphere which encourages dialogue and further exploration. All lectures are free and open to the public. 

Spring Semester Lectures 2018


2/5 Lecture: The Urban EcoVillage: A Way to Create Sustainable Cities w/ Jim Schenk

6:00pm, Location TBA

Jim Schenk co-founded Imago, an ecological education organization established in 1978 in Cincinnati, OH. Jim served as the director of Imago for 28 years when he left in 2007 and is now serving as the Project Coordinator. He gave impetus to the starting of the Western Wildlife Corridor, and also coordinated the creation of Enright Ridge Urban Eco-Village and lives in the village. He edited the book, What Does God Look Like in an Expanding Universe?, which examines how our images of God, life and death influence our relationship with the Earth. Currently, he is looking for a publisher for a book he wrote on the ecovillage.

3/7 Lecture:The Human Faces of Climate Change: The Case for Kiribati w/ Mike Roman 

7:00pm, TUC Cinema

With an average elevation of just inches above sea level, the Republic of Kiribati has rapidly become the poster child for climate change displacement. Many in the scientific community have predicted the nation’s demise within the next 20 to 50 years, leaving its people to wonder where (or if) they and future generations will live. 

For the past 18 years, Dr. Roman has raised awareness of Kiribati, and 5 other endangered nations through media, publications, and lectures. His lecture, The Human Faces of Climate Change, will introduce you to the people living on the frontlines of climate change, and ultimately, question our collective response to climate change. This presentation introduces you to the nation of Kiribati, its people, and the unprecedented challenges they have silently faced over the past three decades.