Global Warming Takes Center Stage at the University of Idaho

Monday, February 9 2009


Feb. 9, 2009 MOSCOW, Idaho – More than 300 students, faculty, staff, and local citizens participated in a national Teach-In on Global Warming at the University of Idaho Feb. 4-5. The Teach-In was coordinated by the university's Environmental Science Program and was a part of a nationwide effort that included some 700 colleges, universities, high schools, faith organizations and civic groups, and nearly 1 million individual participants. Presentations, video screenings and panel discussions covered a broad array of topics, from the global impacts of climate destabilization to everyday choices individuals can make to reduce their carbon footprint. Activities varied in scope, as well. While one panel of experts addressed the specific effects of global warming on local ecosystems , another posed the general question of “What Motivates Action?” Activities were designed to be interdisciplinary, incorporating the expertise of faculty and students across several departments and colleges. Teach-In organizers hope to make this an annual event. The Teach-In represented one step toward honoring the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. The university joined ACUPCC in March 2007, agreeing to exert leadership in addressing climate change, including providing the knowledge and educated graduates to achieve climate neutrality. “The long emergency of anthropogenic climate change is the single, gravest environmental challenge ever faced by humanity, and the University of Idaho through its programs in sustainability is building a foundation to meet this challenge,” said Stephen Mulkey, director of the Environmental Science Program. Teach-In activities can be viewed online at www.EcologyOnline.net/teachin2009.htm. The Environmental Science Program is an interdisciplinary academic program at the University of Idaho committed to undergraduate and graduate research education. Curricula include coursework from nine colleges with active participation from over 100 faculty members as instructors, graduate advisors and in committee service. The Environmental Science Program’s primary emphasis is to teach students interdisciplinary approaches to solving environmental problems, with a strong foundation in science, supported by social, economic and political realities. The program provides continuing emphasis in developing stronger connections across disciplines for the faculty to enhance academic offerings and research activities. # # # About the University of Idaho Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 150 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu. Media Contact: Alecia Hoene, Environmental Science Program, (208) 885-6113, hoene@uidaho.edu



About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.