The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future hosts several informal working lunches each month for Cornell researchers interested in sustainability. The ACSF's topical lunch series is intended to foster new collaborations across disciplines and fields.

These lunches are working sessions that allow plenty of time for conversation with fellow researchers. After one of ACSF's directors briefly introduces the Center and the topical lunch series, the session's organizer gives a short presentation on the sustainability issue of the day, including Cornell's strengths or weaknesses in the area, ways to generate an impact, and possible external partners for research, funding, and outreach. The remainder of the session is given over to collegial discussion.

Please join us for the upcoming lunches listed on this page. If you would like to lead a session, we encourage you to propose a specific topic and recruit 5-10 faculty, postdoctoral associates, and students to attend; ACSF directors, the faculty advisory committee, and others will also be invited. Our goal is to have 10-20 participants, primarily people who are not currently collaborating with one another, at each lunch session.

ACSF works cooperatively with Cornell's Colleges and Schools to offer programs that bring together scholars working on related topics across campus to help Cornell University more effectively tackle important problems in energy, the environment, and economic development. We encourage you to find out more about how ACSF supports exciting new research and partnerships in sustainability by contacting us.

To organize or RSVP for a lunch, contact Paula Euvrard.

 

* Cornell Roundtable on Environmental Studies (CREST) - co-sponsored by the Atkinson Center

CREST brings together Cornell faculty and graduate students committed to interdisciplinary environmental studies.  It is built on the premise that complex environmental issues can best be understood through familiarity with diverse perspectives--including those of the humanities, arts, social sciences, natural sciences, physical sciences, and, well, every other kind of science.  We strive to foster open communication, close collaboration, and new thinking about the ways in which our "green" scholarly pursuits relate to our teaching and our political commitments.

Previous Lunches:

Jun 25, 2014 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Organizing Social Enterprise & Social Entrepreneurship Resources at Cornell for Research & Teaching
Organizer: Mark Milstein

Apr 16, 2014 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Working Together in Shale Gas Policy
Organizers: Todd Cowen and Christine Shoemaker

Mar 19, 2014 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Sustainable Fashion: The Threads of transparency, Environment & Health, and Business Strategy
Organizers: Howard Chong and Tasha Lewis

Mar 13, 2014 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Systemic Theories of Change and Pathways for Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation
Organizers: Chris Barrett and Alex Travis

Mar 6, 2014 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Engendering Resilience: Building Sustainable Communities through Women's Collective Action
Organizers: Wendy Wolford and
(Follow-up Report)

Feb 25, 2014 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Planetary boundaries and poverty alleviation – do we have to choose?
Organizer: Wendy Wolford
(Follow-up Report)

Feb 12, 2014 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Insects as a Sustainable Source of Animal Protein for the Future
Organizer: Wendy Wolford

Jan 16, 2014 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Integrating Green Infrastructure into our Academic Mission
Organizer: David Cutter
(Follow-up Report)

Nov 20, 2013 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Shale Gas Emissions
Organizers: Jeff Tester and Todd Cowen

Nov 18, 2013 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Mining and Sustainability
Organizers: Wendy Wolford and John F. Thompson

Nov 14, 2013 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: David Cleary, The Nature Conservancy
Organizers: Alex Travis and Wendy Wolford

Nov 6, 2013 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: How the Smithsonian and Cornell Could Partner for Conservation
Organizer: Alex Travis

Nov 4, 2013 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Public Trust Policy: Implications for State Wildlife Professionals
Organizers: Dan Decker and Chuck Geisler
(Follow-up Report)

Oct 10, 2013 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Landscapes Research Forum
Organizer: Louise Buck

Oct 1, 2013 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Social Movements and Sustainability: Contributions, Debates and Outreach
Organizers: Wendy Wolford and Shorna Allred
(Follow-up Report)

Sep 17, 2013 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Ecosystem Services: An Interdisciplinary Conversation and More
Organizers: Steven Wolf and Alex Flecker

Sep 6, 2013 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Social Mobilization and the Politics of Climate Change
Organizers: Wendy Wolford and Mike Hoffmann
(Follow-up Report)

Aug 2, 2013 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Innovation of the Surface Transportation Sector
Organizers: Rick Geddes and Al George
(Follow-up Report)

May 28, 2013 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Integrated Building Energy Efficiency
Organizers: Howard Chong and Brandon Hencey
(Follow-up Report)

May 14, 2013 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: The Science of Science Communication
Organizer: Lauren Chambliss
(Follow-up Report)

May 8, 2013 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Permaculture
Organizers: Marcia Eames-Sheavly and Lori Brewer
(Follow-up Report)

May 2, 2013 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Strategic Investing for a Sustainable Future: A New Approach to the Campaign for Divestment in the Fossil Fuel Industry
Organizer: Charles Greene
(Follow-up Report)

Apr 30, 2013 (AD White House, Biddy Martin Room)
Topic: Enough is Enough? Re-Imagining an Ethics and Aesthetics of Sustainability for the 21st Century (CREST*) (90 minutes)
Organizer: Aaron Sachs

Apr 30, 2013 (TBD)
Topic: Conversion of a Science Writer
Organizer: Ron Herring
(Follow-up Report)

Apr 23, 2013 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: How Can We Put Innovation in Renewable Energy, Economics and Agriculture to Work to Save Nature?
Organizer: Drew Harvell
(Follow-up Report)

Apr 19, 2013 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth
Organizers: Lauren Chambliss and Frank DiSalvo
(Follow-up Report)

Apr 15, 2013 (229 ILR Conference Room)
Topic: Invisible Voices in the New Green Economy
Organizer: Susanne Bruyere
(Follow-up Report)

Apr 11, 2013 (G01 Biotech)
Topic: Poetry and Ecological Methodology (CREST*) (90 minutes)
Organizer: Aaron Sachs

Apr 8, 2013 (Banfi's Taverna - Statler Hotel)
Topic: Communicating Climate Change: A Moviemaker’s Perspective
Organizers: Lauren Chambliss and Frank DiSalvo
(Follow-up Report)

Apr 4, 2013 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: The Future of Fracking
Organizers: Lauren Chambliss and Jefferson Tester
(Follow-up Report)

Mar 26, 2013 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Mental Health Issues Accompanying Environmental Degradation: Psycho-terratic Diseases
Organizer: Donald Fredericksen
(Follow-up Report)

Mar 21, 2013 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: An Urban Initiative
Organizers: Marianne Krasny and Marvin Pritts
(Follow-up Report)

Mar 11, 2013 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Religion and Sustainability: Perspectives from India in a Conversation with Dr. M.H. Mehta
Organizer: Jane-Marie Law

Mar 8, 2013 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Developing an Interdisciplinary Applied Research Agenda in Enterprise Development + Tourism
Organizer: Mark Milstein

Jan 28, 2013 (TBA)
Topic: Stimulating Changes in Environmental Policy (Postponed until later in Spring)
Organizers: Frank DiSalvo and Drew Harvell

Dec 13, 2012 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: URBIS and Rio +20: Developing a Global Research/Policy Agenda for Urban Sustainability and Biodiversity
Organizers: Marianne Krasny and Keith Tidball
(Follow-up Report)

Dec 6, 2012 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Religion and Sustainability: Religious Discourses Working For and Against a Sustainable Future
Organizer: Jane-Marie Law

Nov 27, 2012 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Energy, Water and Food: A Preliminary Conversation with the Food and Agriculture Organization
Organizers: Peter Hobbs and Wendy Wolford
(Follow-up Report)

Nov 27, 2012 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: New York After Sandy: New and Old Challenges to Urban Sustainability
Organizers: Rick Geddes and Oliver Gao
(Follow-up Report)

Nov 13, 2012 (G01 Biotech)
Topic: Energy, Modernity, and Everyday Trauma (CREST*) (90 minutes)
Organizers: Michael Jones-Correa and Anindita Banerjee

Nov 7, 2012 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: The Academic Sustainability Community: How Can It Impact Policy?
Organizers: Robin Blakely-Armitage and Rod Howe
(Follow-up Report)

Oct 25, 2012 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: EPA's National Environmental Education Program
Organizer: Marianne Krasny
(Follow-up Report)

Oct 16, 2012 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Topical Tea: Empowering Women in Smalholder Agriculture
Organizer: Wendy Wolford

Oct 8, 2012 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Data Collaboration with the Indonesian Bureau of Statistic
Organizer: Garrick Blalock

Oct 5, 2012 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Should Cornell buildings be LEED-certified?
Organizer: Jonathan Ochshorn
(Follow-up Report)

Sep 24, 2012 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Andy Revkin: A Conversation on the Public Face of University Climate and Energy Research (Invitation Only)
Organizer: Paula Euvrard
(Follow-up Report)

Sep 13, 2012 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: The Ecology and Evolution of Infections and Disease
Organizers: Laura Harrington and Colin Parrish
(Follow-up Report)

Sep 5, 2012 (206 Stimson Hall)
Topic: Climate Change and the Humanities (CREST*) (90 minutes)
Organizers: Karen Pinkus and Nancy Menning - IC

Jun 12, 2012 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Strengthening Interdisciplinary Graduate Education for Biodiversity Sciences at Cornell University
Organizer: Matthew Hare
(Follow-up Report)

Jun 1, 2012 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Dairy Industry Challenges and Opportunities
Organizers: Frank DiSalvo and Kathryn Boor

May 30, 2012 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Sustainable Communities Based on a New Clean Energy Source - Marine & Hydrokinetic Power: Roosevelt Island and Beyond
Organizer: Todd Cowen

May 11, 2012 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Regional/Global Food Security Cluster Hire
Organizer: Natalie Mahowald
(Follow-up Report)

May 1, 2012 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: The Canada Tar Sands and Society's Future Relationship with Energy
Organizers: Deborah Sills, Richard Stedman, & Drew Harvell

Apr 5, 2012 (AD White House, Biddy Martin Room)
Topic: Cornell's Commitment to Sustainability: Are We Practicing What We Preach? (CREST*) (90 minutes)
Organizer: Aaron Sachs

Mar 23, 2012 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Collaborating with New York Sea Grant
Organizers: Kathy Bunting-Howarth and Cornelia Schlenk
(Follow-up Report)

Mar 8, 2012 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Shifting Agrarian Landscapes: Climate Change and Adaptation in Bangladesh
Organizers: Shelley Feldman and Jason Cons

Mar 2, 2012 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Exploring Opportunities for Knowledge, Learning and Practice – Field Learning Center in the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve, Southern India
Organizer: Pratim Roy
(Follow-up Report)

Feb 21, 2012 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Developing a Smarter Garment Center
Organizer: Tasha Lewis

Feb 8, 2012 (G01 Biotech)
Topic: The Possibilities and Perils of Public Engagement (CREST*) (90 minutes)
Organizer: Cliff Kraft

Feb 8, 2012 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Prospective Proposal to USAID on Critical Issues in Contemporary Agrarian and Rural Development
Organizers: Chris Barrett and Alex Travis
(Follow-up Report)

Jan 25, 2012 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Sustainable Jobs: Are New Technologies and U.S. Business Priorities at Odds with Sustaining Employment?
Organizer: Linda Barrington

Dec 8, 2011 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Cornell and the Road to Rio plus 20
Organizers: Keith Tidball and Marianne Krasny
(Follow-up Report)

Dec 6, 2011 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Conservation Through Enterprise
Organizer: Alex Travis
(Follow-up Report)

Nov 29, 2011 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems: Exploring Contemporary Policy Issues
Organizers: Miguel Gomez and Todd Schmit
(Follow-up Report)

Nov 21, 2011 (2159 Snee Hall)
Topic: Natural Hazards and Disaster Management
Organizers: Rick Allmendinger and Larry Brown

Nov 17, 2011 (G01 Biotech)
Topic: The Ultimate Environmental Discipline? Exploring the Geographical Imagination at a University with No Geography Department (CREST*) (90 minutes)
Organizers: Jeremy Foster and Wendy Wolford

Nov 4, 2011 (2159 Snee Hall)
Topic: Sahara Forest Project
Organizer: Charles Greene
(Follow-up Report)

Oct 25, 2011 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Large-scale Land Acquisitions in Contemporary Ethiopia: Implications for Water
Organizers: Gail Holst-Warhaft and Tammo Steenhuis
(Follow-up Report)

Oct 18, 2011 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Mathis Wackernagel - Global Footprint Network
Organizers: Laurie Drinkwater and Wendy Wolford

Oct 7, 2011 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: AguaClara: Innovative Models for Innovative Technology
Organizer: Monroe Weber-Shirk
(Follow-up Report)

Oct 4, 2011 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Conservation Agriculture and its Role in Soil Health, Sustainable Food Production and Food Security
Organizer: Peter Hobbs
(Follow-up Report)

Sep 12, 2011 (G01 Biotech)
Topic: Teaching Environmental Studies: What Is Essential? (CREST*) (90 minutes)
Organizers: Barbara Bedford and Kevin Pratt

May 17, 2011 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Carbon Markets: Opportunities and Risks
Organizer: Lisa Hodes Rosen via Mark Lawrence

May 2, 2011 (401 Warren Hall)
Topic: UN Climate Negotiations: Progress in Cancun, Cornell involvement and plans for COP17 in Durban
Organizers: Johannes Lehmann, Antonio Bento, & Sean Sweeney

Apr 21, 2011 (G01 Biotech)
Topic: Subsistence communities and sustainability (CREST*) (90 minutes)
Organizers: Phoebe Sengers and Hronn Brynjarsdottir

Apr 7, 2011 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Ramachandra Guha: The Indian Road to Sustainability (CREST*) (90 minutes)
Organizer: Aaron Sachs

Apr 5, 2011 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Sustainable Oceans in a Changing Climate: forecasting increased disease impact and consequences for human well-being
Organizer: Drew Harvell
(Follow-up Report)

Mar 29, 2011 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Water for a Thirsty World: Cornell's Role in International Water
Organizers: Gail Holst-Warhaft and Tammo Steenhuis
(Follow-up Report)

Mar 17, 2011 (G01 Biotech)
Topic: Water in a Mediterranean Village (CREST*) (90 minutes)
Organizer: Gail Holst-Warhaft

Mar 3, 2011 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: NSF Science and Technology Center on Biodiversity Proposal
Organizers: Alex Travis and Kelly Zamudio
(Follow-up Report)

Mar 1, 2011 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Assessing the Economic Contribution of Native Bees to Crop Production
Organizer: Bryan Danforth

Feb 22, 2011 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: A Sustainability-Themed Science and Technology Center at Cornell?
Organizer: Helene Schember

Feb 17, 2011 (G01 Biotech)
Topic: The Arrogance of Humanism? What Is the Role of the Humanities in the Environmental Crisis? (CREST*) (90 minutes)
Organizer: Michael Smith

Nov 30, 2010 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: CSC Proposal Development
Organizers: Art DeGaetano , David Wolfe, & Bill Fisher

Nov 18, 2010 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Conservation benchmarking: Climate Change and the Future of Restoration Ecology (CREST*) (90 minutes)
Organizer: Bernd Blossey

Nov 16, 2010 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Energy, Agriculture, and Environment in Rural New York
Organizer: Robert Howarth
(Follow-up Report)

Nov 12, 2010 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Domestic Fair Trade: Opportunities for New York State Agriculture?
Organizer: Mary Jo Dudley
(Follow-up Report)

Nov 11, 2010 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Access to Land and Global Development
Organizer: Wendy Wolford
(Follow-up Report)

Oct 19, 2010 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Is Sustainable Climate Adaptation Possible in Indonesia?
Organizers: Drew Harvell and Alice Pell

Oct 15, 2010 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Sustainable Ocean Systems
Organizers: Chuck Greene and Drew Harvell

Jun 28, 2010 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: "Building" a Sustainable Community
Organizer: Norm Scott
(Follow-up Report)

May 24, 2010 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Green Jobs, Climate Policy, and Economic Development
Organizer: Sean Sweeney
(Follow-up Report)

May 19, 2010 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Developing electronic resources and computational techniques for targeting humanitarian and development interventions
Organizers: Carla Gomes and Chris Barrett
(Follow-up Report)

Mar 4, 2010 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Outreach
Organizers: Warren Allmon and David Wolfe
(Follow-up Report)

Feb 24, 2010 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Post Copenhagen Discussion
Organizer: Antonio Bento

Feb 17, 2010 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: AguaClara: Preparing for Multidimensional Scale-up
Organizer: Monroe Weber-Shirk
(Follow-up Report)

Dec 10, 2009 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Launching a Cornell Examination of the Marcellus System
Organizers: Terry Jordan and Drew Harvell
(Follow-up Report)

Dec 3, 2009 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: UN COP 15
Organizer: Antonio Bento

Dec 2, 2009 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Biodiversity Conservation & Poverty Traps
Organizers: Chris Barrett and Alex Travis
(Follow-up Report)

Oct 28, 2009 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Systems Approach to Sustainable Energy
Organizers: Albert George and Jeff Tester
(Follow-up Report)

Oct 14, 2009 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Resources for Social Entrepreneurship & Leadership
Organizer: Mark Milstein

Sep 24, 2009 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Sustainable Buildings / Communities
Organizer: K. Max Zhang
(Follow-up Report)

Sep 22, 2009 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Cross-disciplinary Communication
Organizer: Helene Schember

Sep 2, 2009 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Access to Clean Water
Organizer: Marcela Gonzalez Rivas
(Follow-up Report)

May 21, 2009 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Exploration of Funding Opportunities for the Advancement of Faculty Research
Organizers: Kristen Ford and Morton Sosna
(Follow-up Report)

May 13, 2009 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Transportation Technology, Systems, & Planning
Organizer: Rolf Pendall
(Follow-up Report)

Apr 7, 2009 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Sustainability Research Opportunities in India
Organizer: Dan Roth
(Follow-up Report)

Mar 31, 2009 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Genetic Diversity Research at Cornell
Organizer: Matt Hare
(Follow-up Report)

Mar 23, 2009 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Spatial Analysis Methods in Demography & Sustainability Science
Organizer: Rob Strawderman
(Follow-up Report)

Mar 13, 2009 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Conventional versus Local Supply Chains for Fruits & Vegetables: A Comparative Study of Environmental, Nutritional & Economic Issues
Organizer: Miguel Gomez
(Follow-up Report)

Jan 28, 2009 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Institute for Sustainable Mechanical Designs
Organizers: Matt Miller and Paul Dawson
(Follow-up Report)

Jan 21, 2009 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Estimating the Economic Impacts of Climate Driven Disease Outbreaks
Organizers: Drew Harvell and Chris Barrett
(Follow-up Report)

Dec 15, 2008 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Distributed Energy Systems Research for a Low Carbon Economy
Organizer: K. Max Zhang
(Follow-up Report)

Dec 2, 2008 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Development of operational criteria for assessing species' relative vulnerabilities to climate change
Organizer: Joseph Bernardo
(Follow-up Report)

Nov 19, 2008 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Environmental, Energetic, & Economic Potential of Biochar
Organizer: Johannes Lehmann
(Follow-up Report)

Nov 18, 2008 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Earth System Science at Cornell
Organizer: Natalie Mahowald
(Follow-up Report)

Sep 17, 2008 (340 Duffield Hall)
Topic: South America - producing a blueprint for a green continent
Organizer: Rick Allmendinger
(Follow-up Report)

Sep 10, 2008 (Ramin Parlor, Sage Hall)
Topic: The Private Sector's Role in Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Organizer: Mark Milstein

Sep 3, 2008 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Climate Change & Disease Ecology
Organizer: Drew Harvell
(Follow-up Report)

Aug 27, 2008 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Adaptively Managing for Sustainable Resource Use: Challenges & Opportunities
Organizer: Evan Cooch
(Follow-up Report)

Aug 20, 2008 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Assessing climate change vulnerabilities & adaptation strategies for agriculture & water resources in New York
Organizer: Art DeGaetano
(Follow-up Report)

Jul 16, 2008 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Improving the Stability & Productivity of Algal Bioreactors for Biofuel Production
Organizer: Beth Ahner
(Follow-up Report)

Jul 2, 2008 (133 Emerson Hall)
Topic: Resource-based assessment of environmental conservation
Organizer: Steven Wolf
(Follow-up Report)

Jun 4, 2008 (300 Rice Hall)
Topic: Mycotoxins
Organizers: Michael Milgroom and Rebecca Nelson
(Follow-up Report)