Yale Climate Day seeks to inspire campus collaboration on global warming

Yale Climate Day poster

Faculty, students, and staff will gather at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History on Friday, May 4, for the inaugural Yale Climate Day, a campus-wide summit to forge a spirit of collaboration concerning global climate change.

The day, sponsored by the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, will provide an opportunity for the Yale community to build connections across disciplines to address climate change, said Peter Raymond, professor of ecosystem ecology and the event’s lead organizer.

There are a lot of people on campus who are very passionate about climate change and are doing important work on the subject in many different fields,” Raymond said. “Our goal is to bring people together in a relaxed setting to learn about each other’s work and identify ways we can collaborate to produce better outcomes and make a difference.”

A morning session beginning at 9 a.m. in the Peabody’s David Friend Hall gem and mineral gallery will feature talks by faculty members from a diverse range of fields whose work addresses climate change. Speakers include economist William Nordhaus, historian Joseph Manning, visiting law professor Marianne Engelman Lado, epidemiologist Nicole Cardello Deziel, geologist Ronald Smith, and Karen C. Seto, a professor of geography and urbanization science.

Many of the speakers represent emerging fields in the area of climate change, said Oswald Schmitz, the Oastler Professor of Population and Community Ecology and director of the Institute for Biospheric Studies.

Interest in climate research has been growing beyond the traditional departments in the natural sciences, including the School of Nursing, the School of Architecture, and the School of Public Health,” Schmitz said. “We want to convene a forum where people can talk to each other and find common ground. We want to build a camaraderie across campus to enable the sharing of research and prompt innovation.”

A public poster session starting at 2 p.m. in the museum’s Great Hall of Dinosaurs will give undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral researchers an opportunity to present their climate-related research and initiatives. The winning poster will be awarded a $500 prize. During the session, the winners of the Yale Project on Climate Communication’s photo contest on climate will be unveiled.

A sustainably sourced breakfast and lunch will be provided. A cocktail reception will follow the poster session at 4 p.m.

The event is supported by the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, the Department of Geology & Geophysics, the School of Public Health, and the Peabody Museum. More information is available on the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies’ website.

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