Two Potentially Interesting Talks This Week

Tuesday January 18, Bryant Lake Bowl, 7:00 pm (6:00 doors open)

Café Scientifique is a happy hour exchange of ideas about science, environment, and popular culture. Topic: Households and Urban Pollution. The University’s Twin Cities Household Ecosystem Project involves a survey of 3,100 urban and suburban households in Ramsey and Anoka counties and their household emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and phosphorus. The study centers on a range of behaviors, including household energy use, food choices, vehicle use, air travel habits, pet ownership and lawn care practices. University scientists Larry Baker, Sarah Hobbie, and Kristen Nelson will discuss the surprising results of this new study.

Wednesday, January 19, White Bear Lake Unitarian Universalist Church, 328 Maple Street, Mahtomedi, MN 55115,  7:30 PM

“Cars, Houses, and Sustainability” a talk by Dr. Chris Wells, Environmental Studies, Macalester College. What if Americans drive cars more than anyone else on the planet not because of a great “love affair” with the automobile, but because of how we’ve organized the places we live, shop, and work? Chris will discuss his research on America’s car culture and sustainability. He studies U.S. environmental history, including movements such as green architecture, New Urbanism, and Smart Growth. Look for his upcoming book: Car Country: Automobiles, Roads, and the Origins of Car-Dependent Landscapes in the United States.

This is part of the 2010-2011 Global Climate Change Speaker Series,
on the third Wednesday of the month, 7:30 -9:00 p.m. The Global Climate Change Committee at White Bear UU Church educates and informs the congregation on global warming and urges action to solve the problem.

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