Diverse Perspectives and Shared Approaches in Resilience and Sustainability

COEXIST: Actionable Stories for Sustainable Change

Flash Talk

Wetlands face pressure from rapid, unplanned urban development. COEXIST helps students to learn about the relationship between human activities and wetlands through stories based on a hero’s journey. We help students create stories, explore actions for change, and share the message among peers.

Presenters

Anita Nagarajan, M.S., Communications and Editing Consultant, Independent

Balachandar Ramadurai, Ph.D., Professor and Consultant, Independent

Muralidharan Loganathan, M.Tech., Research Scholar, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Cooling The Waters: A Mindful Approach To Sustainability Transformations During

Flash Talk

As we wake up to the unfolding new reality of this global health emergency, cognitions enhanced through mindfulness nurturing will become increasingly important for cooling the waters of a planet under pressure.

Presenters

Kira Jade Cooper, BES, MES, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Waterloo, Canada

Examining Factors That Influence Restoration of Wading Bird Nesting Colonization in Florida Everglades National Park

Poster

This project reviews water levels, proximity to human activity, and colony longevity ability to influence restoration of nesting colonization by examining their impact on the Roseate Spoonbill and Wood Stork. Using Wading birds as indicator species for changes in the ecosystem, can be interpreted to improve restoration management practices.

Presenters

Madison Jane Pollard, Student, Broward College

Broward College

Student

Factors that Motivate Cacao Farmers’ Agricultural Decisions in Jamundí

Student Poster

Minimal literature is available on qualitative aspects of cacao farming in the Americas, specifically in Colombia, a relative newcomer to the international cacao market. This study will use surveys and interviews to uncover influencing factors in cacao agriculture in the Afro-Colombian community of Jamundí.

Presenters

Kelsey Foster, Student, The Evergreen State College, Master of Environmental Studies program

Indoor Environmental Dust Collection Techniques for Accurate Microbial Exposure

Poster

We spend 90% of our time indoors where we are exposed to a complex mixture of microorganisms, which can impact human health. We characterized collection efficiencies for two common methods to prevent underestimation of exposure, with implications for allergies and asthma.

Presenters

Ashleigh Bope, Ph.D. Candidate, Ohio State University

Initial Assessment of Soil Antibiotic-Producing Bacteria in a Large, Urban Park

Student Poster

Discovery of new antibiotics is needed to combat antibiotic resistance. We found that habitat type had a significant influence on antibiotic producing bacteria in a large urban park. This study demonstrated that examining a wide range of source locations is needed for novel antibiotic discovery.

Presenters

Minna Abdelaziz, Student, Long Island University Brooklyn

Engy Dous, Student, Long Island University Brooklyn

Aman Kaur, Student, Long Island University Brooklyn

Sarah Saji, Student, Long Island University Brooklyn

Microbial Diversity and Antibiotic Production of Tree Hole Ecosystems

Student Poster

Antibiotic resistance and lack of novel antibiotics is a public health issue. In this study, we identified 10 antibiotic-producing bacterial isolates from tree hole water. This study demonstrates that various microenvironments should be considered when investigating for novel producers.

Presenters

Jessica Charles, Student, Long Island University - Brooklyn

Midwest Climate Summit- Multi-Sectoral Acceleration of Climate Action

Flash Talk

The Midwest Climate Summit is expanding regional climate knowledge, accelerating climate action, and catalyzing new partnerships to deepen expertise and strengthen a Midwestern response to the climate crisis. How can the Summit process and outcomes serve as a model for climate action advancement?

Presenters

Beth Martin, M.S., Teaching Professor, Interim Director, Climate Change Program, Washington University in St. Louis

Reducing Dining’s Carbon Foodprint at Penn State

Student Poster

Diet is an often unrecognized, but large contributor to our carbon footprint. This project studies Residential Dining at Penn State University. It explores strategies to lower the carbon footprint through dining choices centered around more plant-based foods, sourcing food locally, reducing food waste, and using alternative materials for to-go containers.

Presenters

Divya Jain, Student, Pennsylvania State University

Relocalization: Challenges and Strategies

Poster

Moving production of goods and services closer to the end users can have significant economic and environmental benefits. The carbon emissions and other impacts from thousands of miles of transportation can be eliminated. Local communities can be empowered by retaining employment opportunities.

Presenters

Robert Amundsen, Ph.D., Director, Energy Management, New York Institute of Technology

Resilience for Refugee Women Through Social and Environmental Solutions

Student Poster

This research investigates the challenges women face in refugee camps as well as the relationship between social and environmental issues to exhibit how one-off solutions may solve more than one problem and increase overall resilience for female refugees.

Presenters

Iliana Lukasik, Student Research Assistant, Oberlin College

Md Rumi Shammin, Professor of Environmental Studies, Oberlin College

Showcasing Diverse Voices for Ocean Research and Solutions With ArcGIS StoryMaps

Student Poster

To reach solutions that address ocean challenges, there is a need for connections across generations, cultures, and disciplines. ArcGIS StoryMaps compile current research for educating and mobilizing citizen engagement. View at: https://bit.ly/thepowerofconnections

Presenters

Isabella Briseño, Student, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Guertin, Professor of Earth Science, Pennsylvania State University

Spatial Distribution of Forest Products Manufacturers in North Carolina

Student Poster

This study examined and provides knowledge on the spatial distribution of forest products manufacturers, major business hotspots, potential business clusters, and factors influencing the location of forest products manufacturers’ in North Carolina State.

Presenters

Olakunle Sodiya, Graduate Student, Graduate Research Assistant, North Carolina State University

The Emergence of Local Scale Climate Action and Policy: Why, How, and Who

Panel Session

This session examines how local institutions are incorporating new strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change in the absence of significant, comprehensive climate policy at the global, federal and state levels.

Presenters

Stephen Arturo Greenlaw, Research Assistant, Center for Arctic Policy Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Jenna Lozano, Undergraduate Student, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Abigail Steffen, Research Assistant, Center for Arctic Policy Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Session Moderated by Ana Unruh Cohen, Ph.D., Staff Director, U.S House of Representatives Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

Session Organized by Maureen Biermann, M.S., Program Coordinator, Center for Arctic Policy Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks