Sustaining Our World Lecture Series

Every spring, we host the Sustaining Our World Lecture. We launched this annual series more than a decade ago to explore complex issues of natural resource conservation and management—initially focusing on the Pacific Northwest, but then broadening our lens to address regional and international challenges, as well. Topics have ranged from large carnivore conservation to the human-nature connection, wildfire management, building tall with wood, and so much more. Invited speakers have come from our own faculty and many other academic fields and disciplines, including architects, environmental writers, elected officials and other prominent experts.

Our speaker this year was one of the most cited environmental scientists in the world, Dr. Jonathan Foley from the California Academy of Sciences.

As executive director of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Dr. Jonathan Foley oversees the institution's programs of Scientific Research, Education, and Public Engagement. Throughout his career, he has made major contributions to our understanding of worldwide changes in ecosystems, land use and climate, and global food security. His newest initiative, PlanetVision, inspires us to work together and look to science and nature for guidance to find a new way forward.

What: "PlanetVision: A New Framework for Building a Sustainable Future, Based on Hope, Practical Solutions, and Collaboration"
When: Thursday, April 26, 6 to 7 p.m.
Where: Anderson Hall, Room 223

Watch the video of Dr. Foley's lecture here.


Previous Sustaining Our World Lectures

2017: "The Future of Conservation: Lessons from the Past and the Need for Rewilding Of Ecosystems," with Anthony Sinclair
2016: "Witness Tree: My year with a single, 100-year old oak," with Lynda Mapes
2015: "Human[-]Nature: Care for Our World is Care for Ourselves," with Molly Steinwald
2014: "PLANT CUT BUILD REPEAT: Natural solutions to complex problems," with Michael Green
When Humans and Nature Collide
Are Cities for the Birds?
Bats in Managed Forests
Challenges of Forest Stewardship
From Fire to Flowers
Forests Aflame: Strategies and Challenges for Managing Fire in the West
Form & Textural Contrast in Garden Design & Plant Selection
Who Shapes the Visual Landscape, and Does It Matter?
Tales from the Forest
A Warmer Pacific Northwest: Lessons from the Past
Climbing, Research and Teaching: Adventures, Accidents, Change, and Joy
Of Insects and Ecosystems
Creating Futures Since 1907
History of Forestry in the United States (transcript)) pdf
A View from the Commissioner of Public Lands
Natural Resource Issues in the Pacific Northwest: The Next Century
Rare Plant Conservation in the Pacific Northwest
Rare Plant Conservation in the Pacific Northwest (link missing)
Carnivore Conservation in the Pacific Northwest
Carnivore Conservation in the Pacific Northwest
Climate, Forests, and Future
Trees as Providers and Inspiration for Our Lives