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'Sustainability in an Unequal World' is theme of 2016 SustainIU Week

  • Feb. 23, 2016

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Sustainability and diversity will share equal billing this month when Indiana University Bloomington celebrates its eighth SustainIU Week, a series of events organized around the theme “Sustainability in an Unequal World.”

Keynote speakers Julian Agyeman and J. Drew Lanham will deliver the annual Ben Brabson Lecture for Sustainable Ideas from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, in the Whittenberger Auditorium at the Indiana Memorial Union.

Agyeman, an ecologist and bio-geographer turned environmental social scientist, will speak on “Just Sustainabilities: Re-Imagining E/Quality, Living Within Limits.” Lanham, a wildlife ecologist, author, poet and birder, will speak on “Range Mapping: The Essential Eco-Social Exercise of Blurring the Lines Between Birds and People.”

SustainIU Week is organized by the Student Sustainability Council at IU Bloomington to promote sustainable living policies on campus and beyond.

"The Flint, Michigan, water crisis and ongoing work on climate injustice have moved our SustainIU week theme, ‘Sustainability in an Unequal World,’ to the forefront of sustainability discourse,” said Andrew Predmore, associate director of the IU Office of Sustainability. “And our keynote speakers are both known internationally for their ability to speak in unique ways to this issue.

“Dr. Lanham uses his own love for nature, as well as the habitat maps of humans and other species, to highlight questions about the connections between privilege, inclusion and sustainability. Dr. Agyeman coined the term ‘just sustainabilities,’ and I’m particularly interested in his recent work on sharing cities and their role in creating sustainable urban environments.”

Agyeman, a professor of urban and environmental policy at Tufts University, originated the concept of just sustainabilities to describe the full integration of social justice and sustainability. He was co-founder in 1988 and chair until 1994 of the Black Environmental Network, the first environmental justice-based organization of its kind in Britain. He was co-founder and is now editor-in-chief of Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability.

He is the author of over 160 publications, including peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, conference presentations and reports. His books include “Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World”; “Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice”; and “Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities,” co-edited with Duncan McLaren.

Lanham is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University, where he was named an Alumni Master Teacher in 2012. In his teaching, research and outreach, he seeks to make conservation science relevant to others in ways that are evocative and understandable. As a black American, he is intrigued with how culture and ethnic prisms can bend perceptions of nature and its care. His “connecting the conservation dots” and “coloring the conservation conversation” messages have been delivered internationally.

Lanham has served on the boards of a number of conservation organizations, including the South Carolina Wildlife Federation, South Carolina Audubon, Aldo Leopold Foundation and American Birding Association. He is a widely published author and award-nominated poet, writing about his experiences as a birder, hunter and wild, wandering soul. His first solo work, “The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair With Nature,” will be published in 2016-17.

Other SustainIU Week events include “Bridging Toxic Links,” exploring environmental justice issues via music, dance, spoken word and images from 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 2 in Woodburn Hall 100; and a screening of the documentary film “This Changes Everything” followed by a panel discussion from 6 to 9 p.m. March 3 in Fine Arts 015.

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