ASCSU to host ‘Climate Change & CSU’ forum as part of new Impact Initiative series

Associated Students of Colorado State University will kick off its new Impact Initiative series with the topic of climate change on Feb. 24 from 4-6 p.m. The event, “Climate Change & CSU,” will feature University professors and faculty, along with experts from the Fort Collins community.  

The forum will feature a variety of speakers from different departments, ranging from economics to philosophy, said organizer, ASCSU Deputy Director of University Affairs Natalie Montecino. 

“My hope is that students from very diverse disciplines will see that there are pathways to get involved in things like climate change,” Montecino said. “That just because you’re a student in the College of Liberal Arts doesn’t mean you can’t have a role to play.” 

Speakers will include CSU Political Science Assistant Professor Madeline Schomburg, Professor of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy Kenneth Shockley, and University Distinguished Economics Professor Edward Barbier. The forum will also include David Bartecchi with the nonprofits Village Earth and Native Lands Advocacy Project, and City of Fort Collins Environmental Specialist Jensen Morgan. 

The event is free, but registration is required. Due to space limitations and demand, participants will receive the event location following registration. Catering will be provided.  

About the Impact Initiative

The Spring 2022 Impact Initiative will feature three forums on key interdisciplinary topics selected based on student interest surveys. Upcoming topics will include American democracy and global health. 

According to Montecino, the initiative aims to connect CSU undergraduate and graduate students to peers with similar interests, relevant faculty, CSU alumni and stakeholders. 

The forums will include brief introductory presentations by the panelists, tying their research, roles and experiences to current world problems, followed by an interactive discussion where student participants will collaborate in developing innovative solutions to contemporary issues in the field.