The Colloquium on the Environment features a nationally known speaker discussing a current topic related to energy and/or the environment. The colloquium is sponsored by IEE, Penn State's Sustainability Institute, and the Office of Physical Plant.

2018 Colloquium

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Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change, one of the most pressing issues we face today. She is also a professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, part of the Department of Interior’s South-Central Climate Science Center. Her research focuses on establishing a scientific basis for assessing the regional to local-scale impacts of climate change on human systems and the natural environment. She spoke on November 16, 2018. 


2017 Colloquium

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Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author, and activist who has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. He spoke on November 14, 2017, at the State Theatre about "Project Drawdown."


2015 Colloquium

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Naomi Oreskes is an American historian of science. Her research focuses on the earth and environmental sciences, with a particular interest in understanding scientific consensus and dissent. She is a professor (history of science; earth and planetary sciences) at Harvard University in 2013. Prior she was a faculty member at the University of California, San Diego. She has worked on studies of geophysics, environmental issues such as global warming, and the history of science. In 2010, Oreskes co-authored Merchants of Doubt which identified some parallels between the climate change debate and earlier public controversies.


2014 Colloquium

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Lisa Jackson, Apple VP and Former Administrator of the U.S. EPA spoke on the University Park Campus on November 6, 2014 as a part of the 10th Annual Colloquium on the Environment. She presented: “The Private Sector as Public Servant: Lisa Jackson’s journey from the EPA to Apple, and how one of the world’s most innovative companies is tackling critical environmental challenges.” 


2013 Colloquium

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Majora Carter spoke on the University Park campus on Monday, April 22, 2013 as part of the 9th annual Colloquium on the Environment speaker series. Her talk ""Home(town) Security" was scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in 100 Thomas Building.

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2012 Colloquium

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E.O. Wilson, spoke on the University Park campus on Monday April 16, 2012 as part of the 8th annual Colloquium on the Environment speaker series. His talk "The Social Conquest of Earth" was scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in 100 Thomas Building. A book signing and reception immediately followed his lecture. 

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2011 Colloquium

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Andrew Revkin, spoke on the University Park campus on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 as part of the annual 7th Annual Colloquium on the Environment speaker series. His talk "9 Billion People + 1 Planet = ?" was scheduled for 5 p.m. in the Auditorium of the HUB-Robeson Center. A book signing immediately followed his lecture.

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2010 Colloquium

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Bill McKibben was the keynote speaker for the 6th Annual Colloquium on the Environment held on Monday, October 4, 2010 at 6 p.m. in the HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium on the University Park Campus. A book signing was held immediately follow his lecture. He gave the talk "The Most Important Number in the World."

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2009 Colloquium

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David Suzuki was the keynote speaker for the 5th Annual Colloquium on the Environment, which was held Monday, April 20, 2009 at 5 p.m. in the HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium on the University Park Campus. The title of his talk was "The Challenge of the 21st Century: Setting the Real Bottom Line."

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2008 Colloquium

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Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute Co-founder, Chairman, and Chief Scientist, was the keynote speaker at the 2008 Colloquium on the Environment, held at 5 p.m. on April 29, 2008 in the HUB-Robeson Auditorium on the University Park Campus. The title of his talk was "Whole System Thinking and Radical Energy Efficiency."


2006 Colloquium

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William McDonough, internationally renowned designer and leader in environmental design, was the keynote speaker for the 3rd Annual Colloquium on the Environment. The event was held on Monday April 24, 2006 in the HUB-Robeson Auditorium. He gave the talk "Renewing Hope: A Design Strategy for the Next Century."


2005 Colloquium

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2005 was the second annual Colloquium on the Environment and featured Christine Todd Whitman as the keynote speaker. She presented "Shaping the Future: America's Environment Today."


2004 Colloquium

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 2004 was the inaugural year the Colloquium on the Environment. Keynote speaker Robert F. Kennedy Jr. gave the talk "Our Environmental Destiny."