USU celebrates Natural Resources and Sustainability Week Nov. 1-6

LOGAN – All Aggies are invited to enjoy a variety of activities marking Utah State University’s Natural Resources and Sustainability Week Nov. 1-6. The week includes a photo contest, a natural resources and sustainability fair, film and music highlighting global sustainability issues, along with a special appearance by USU alum Michael Sutton, vice president of California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium and director of the Center for the Future of the Oceans.Theme for the week is “Bringing People and Ideas Together for a Sustainable Environment.” As the state’s land-grant university, Utah State is an established leader in sustainability. With President Stan Albrecht’s signing of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007, Utah State became the first higher ed institution in Utah to take up the nationwide challenge and was among the first 100 charter signatories of the commitment.”We’ve planned a week packed with exciting activities,” says Jason Carlisle, College of Natural Resources student senator. “We invite everyone to enjoy our celebration week, to learn about ways to get personally involved in sustainability and to develop a greater appreciation for the natural world in which we all live.” The week begins Monday, Nov. 1, with the Sustainability Kick-off Event from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Taggart Student Center International and Sunburst Lounges. Live music is provided by the USU Independent Music Club.At 7 p.m., the Quinney Natural Resources Library hosts a free showing of the feature documentary, “No Impact Man” in the first floor atrium of the Natural Resources building.Tuesday, Nov. 2, the USU Forestry Club hosts a fundraiser breakfast from 8-10 a.m. on the TSC patio. Cost is $3 per plate. A Natural Resources and Sustainability Fair follows from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the TSC Lounges.At 7 p.m., the Quinney Natural Resources Library hosts a free showing of the Academy Award-winning, Sundance Film festival-favorite, “The Cove,” in the first floor atrium of the Natural Resources building.Wednesday, Nov. 3, USU alum Michael Sutton, vice president of California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium and director of the Center for the Future of the Oceans, presents, “The Future of Seafood.” His talk, free and open to all, begins at 10 a.m. in the TSC Stevenson Ballroom.Sutton presents a technical seminar, “Protecting Our Oceans,” at 4 p.m., also in the TSC Ballroom.At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, the Quinney Natural Resources Library hosts a free showing of the award-winning documentary, “Ghost Bird,” in the first floor atrium of the Natural Resources building.Thursday, Nov. 4, USU Sustainability hosts the “Blue Goes Green Walking Tour: Sustainability,” which begins at 11 a.m. in the first floor atrium of the Natural Resources building and offers highlights of USU’s sustainability-related points of interest. A second walk, “Blue Goes Green Walking Tour: Steam Tunnels” begins at the Spectrum’s south doors at 1 p.m. and takes visitors through USU’s campus heat plant and steam tunnel system.At 4:40 p.m., Tom Wigley of the National Center for Atmospheric Research presents “Sulfur Skies and Fake Trees: Can We Geoengineer Our Way Out of the Greenhouse?” in the TSC Sunburst Lounge. Wigley’s talk is sponsored by the Bridgerland Audubon Society.Friday, Nov. 5, marks the beginning of the two-day Utah Bioneers Conference in USU’s Eccles Conference Center. Theme for the gathering, which requires a registration fee, is “Revolution from the Heart of Nature.” For information, visit www.bioneers.usu.edu.At 3 p.m., all are invited to gather in the first floor atrium of the Natural Resources building for the Natural Resources and Sustainability Photo Contest awards ceremony.USU’s annual Reduce, Reuse and Rock Concert starts at 7 p.m. in the TSC International Lounge. Featured artists include Battle School and Julia Mecham.The week concludes Saturday, Nov. 6, with a service project on the Logan River. Advance registration for the project is required. For information, call 797-4022.For more information about Natural Resources and Sustainability Week, visit www.cnr.usu.edu.

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