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The latest resources, events, and funding opportunities for Climate Change.


Event: ISTC Seminar | From Landfill to LEED: Institutionalizing Sustainability at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:21:01 GMT

Presented by Carter O'Brien, LEED AP O+M, - Sustainability Officer, Field Museum of Natural History's Office of Strategic Science Initiatives

Abstract: Carter O'Brien joined the Field Museum's green team when he started working at the Museum in 1997, and has chaired it since 2004. In 2012 the Museum shifted him to the newly created position of Sustainability Manager to recognize his contributions in that regard. Since that time the Museum has received LEED certification for three exhibition halls, as well as building-wide LEED Gold certification in Operations and Maintenance. He was part of the team that put together a Sustainable Food Operator program for the Museum's two restaurants, which were installed in 2013 and 2014; the restaurants divert 74% of their waste from landfill, and have increasing goals for local and sustainably sourced menu items. Additional projects underway include a complete overhaul of the Museum's landscaping with native plantings, zero waste efforts, and extending his work to the other 10 cultural institutions on Chicago Park District property as co-chair of the Museums in the Parks Green Committee.

Bio: Carter O'Brien, LEED AP O+M, is a Sustainability Officer and works in the Field Museum of Natural History's Office of Strategic Science Initiatives. As chair of the Museum's green team (A Greener Field) he works to institutionalize sustainability principles in areas such as recycling, food operations, alternative transportation, urban agriculture/community gardening and renewable energy. In 2008 he received Fair Trade Chicago's first-ever Changemaker of the Year award, which recognized his efforts to make the Museum's Corner Bakery restaurant the only one in America that served only Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance certified coffee. A 46 year old Chicago native (UIUC class of '94), he is also the Vice President of the Chicago Recycling Coalition, a Treekeeper, as well as an avid cyclist, musician and martial artist.

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News: Is it time to retune our mindsets?

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:23:34 GMT

The frame with which we approach big challenges is crucial.


News: Can business save the world from climate change?

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 22:20:24 GMT

A growing number of initiatives are giving corporations the resources to help achieve global climate goals regardless of government support.


News: This is why when you talk about climate change, you can't ignore agriculture

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 19:28:04 GMT

Agriculture has historically released almost as much carbon into the atmosphere as deforestation, a new study suggests -- and that's saying something.


News: Understanding alternative reasons for denying climate change could help bridge divide, study finds

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:25:21 GMT

Mainstream criticism of people who deny climate change essentially portrays climate skeptics as being out of touch, ignorant or somehow incapable of understanding the facts about climate change. However, an early look at ongoing work by a University of Kansas researcher examines alternative reasons for climate change denial, specifically economic, social or cultural influences on why individuals or entire communities remain skeptical of climate change.


News: In the complex world of sustainability, taxes are still certain

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:22:39 GMT

The U.S. pullout from the Paris climate accord -- an agreement by more than 200 countries to reduce their carbon footprint -- has created an air of uncertainty around environmental initiatives. One question making the rounds is whether countries remaining in the accord will impose energy taxes or levies on non-compliant U.S.-refined products, which could create a new tracking and reporting nightmare.


News: Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 20:57:22 GMT

Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to a new report.