School of Global Environmental Sustainability “Topics in Sustainability” Managing the Planet Panel Discussion: A Wicked Problem: Challenges of the water and climate nexus for a sustainable future.

October 15, 2014 5:00pm to 6:30pm

In a time of great uncertainty surrounding clean, available freshwater resources for a growing population and a fragile ecosystem, how do we achieve a sustainable path forward when considering the potential impacts of climate change at a global scale? What are our challenges, successes, and prospects to work together to address these issues with no easy answers?

Panelists will discuss how a changing climate can influence the availability and quality of our planet’s finite water resources – for humans, the natural and built environments, and for growing our food, fiber and fuel. With an anticipated increase of pressure on our global water resources, there is little doubt that future generations will face similar and even more complex issues concerning climate change and its impacts on water unless we respond to today’s issues in a sustainable manner. To build on this continuing conversation, the panel will put forward the key questions and potential solutions for consideration, discussion, and action.

Ellen Wohl, Professor, Department of Geosciences, CSU
Reagan Waskom, Director, Colorado Water Institute, CSU
Kelly Elder, United States Forest Service
Brad Udall, Colorado Water Institute, CSU

Topics in sustainability panels are held once a semester and are partnered panels with other organizations. The CSU Water Center is our partnered panel for the Fall 2014 semester.


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