News and Updates

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Some quick news and highlights from Sewanee's Integrated program in the Environment.

 Sustainability tour in Nashville

There are several events coming up in April starting with an April 8 (Saturday) trip to tour sustainability projects in Nashville. We will take a van to meet Dr. Dodd Galbreath, Assistant Professor of Sustainability and Founding Director of Lipscomb University’s Institute for Sustainable Practice. Dodd will lead the trip. Please let your students know, and this trip will be coordinated with Ethan Burns and Sewanee’s OESS.

Upcoming Speakers

On April 17, our own David Haskell will be speaking about his new book, The Songs of Trees, in Convocation Hall. Come early, I am sure there will be a large crowd that will be excited to hear from David.

 On April 27, Katharine Wilkinson (C’05) will return to Sewanee to speak about her upcoming book, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, which she co-authored with Paul Hawkin and a team of researchers. She will be speaking in Gailor, and all of you are invited to a casual dinner at the Green House following her talk. The OESS is helping with this event as well.

 Environmental Service Award for Seniors

At graduation, we always recognize a senior who has greatly contributed to environmental and sustainability projects during their time at Sewanee, so if you would like to nominate a senior for the Leroy Environmental Service Award, please let me know.

OESS and summer work

The Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability now has positions posted for student summer work through Human Resources. They will also be hiring two students to work on wildlife and vegetation monitoring over the summer in a joint SIPE/OESS venture.

 Sewanee’s Semester of Water

Martin Knoll and colleagues are gearing up for this summer’s TenneSwim event with Andreas Fath. Andreas will swim the entire length of the Tennessee River, and Martin will be sampling water along the journey.  The swim will start in late July, and more information can be found here.

 The Semester of Water. We will be working with all of you and several partners to develop a semester-long series of presentations about water in the Fall of 2017. Laurie Fowler, Executive Director for Public Service and External Affairs and Director for Policy at the River Basin Center, will be coming to Sewanee from the University of Georgia (as a Brown Fellow). She will guest lecture in several classes and will also help us organize a list of guest speakers who will come to Sewanee to discuss water policy, law, and management. Stay tuned, more about this later.

 New environmental faculty

And finally, Keri Watson will be joining us in January as an Assistant Professor in Ecosystem Services and Land Use Change. We are excited to have her on board, and she will bring an exciting set of interdisciplinary skills to our growing program.