Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sustainability Event May 5th - Charles Krusekopf

Dr. Charles Krusekopf
Just  letting you all know about a sustainability-related event happening today (May 5th) at 7:00pm that may be of interest. Dr. Charles Krusekopf, executive director of the American Center for Mongolian studies & director of the Royal Roads University School of Business in Victoria, British Columbia, will be giving a talk in the Library Presentation room (Wilson Library 164f) entitled: "Natural Resource Development in Mongolia - Impacts on Culture, Environment, and Government."

 Since the mid-2000s the Mongolian economy has boomed, fueled by the development of the coal, copper and gold mining industries. The development of major mines by multi-national corporations and a gold rush involving thousands of artisanal miners across Mongolia has upset traditional ways of living, leading to disputes over land and water. New mining projects and infrastructure have impacted wildlife, destroyed archeological sites and displaced local people. Corruption has grown and democracy has been undermined as politicians seek to benefit personally from their power to allocate mining rights. This session will examine the impact the natural resource boom over the last decade has had on Mongolia’s political system and government, the natural environment, and tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

This event is being offered as part of WWU's two-day "Mongolia Days" celebration. For more information about Mongolia Days, see this link.

Mongolia Days are sponsored by Western Libraries, Woodring College of Education, the Center for East Asian Studies, and the Center for International Studies. Programs are made possible by the generous support from Henry G. Schwarz, John C. Street, and Susan Bradbury.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Renewables - Made in Germany

In case you hadn't heard, Western's Institute for Energy Studies is hosting a fascinating poster exhibit in Academic West from now through May 7th about Germany and their global leadership in the development of renewable energy.

 According to a piece written by Jake Parrish  that was published in Western Today, the full-color posters are on loan from the Consulate General of Germany, and have information about solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, and renewable energy in buildings. For more information, you can read about this exhibit here and here.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Eighty Years of Dust

The new issue of the Natural Hazards Observer is out and the main feature is a long article comparing the great Dust Bowl ("one of the worst man-made ecological disasters in American history") to the current drought in the midwest.  Fascinating stuff.

Also articles about helping musicians recover from Katrina in New Orleans, and using a high school football team to focus hurricane recovery efforts.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sustainable food and water too

I hope you all know about the Hydration Station in Wilson Library (turn left when you leave Zoe's Bookside Bagels and keep walking until you see it on your right).  Besides a place to fill your water bottles we also have displays of information about sustainability activities on campus (contact Clarissa or Rob if you want to add something).  AND we have a small bookcase there with a themed assortment of books and videos.  Winter quarter the subject was sustainable design (the books on sustainable fashion were very popular).  This quarter: sustainable food.  You can check these books out so take one to lunch!