Meetings

The Sustainability Committee has organized the following sessions at recent AAS meetings.



229th AAS meeting, Grapevine, TX, January 2017
Tom Ackerman, David Grinspoon, Jane Long, and Mel Ulmer will discuss the various options for and ramifications of geo-engineering.Session page.








227th AAS meeting, Kissimmee, January 2016
Prof. Don Chambers (U. South Florida) will present the latest on "Ocean observations of climate change" and there will be an interactive demonstration of teaching climate change in Astro 101Session page.








225th AAS meeting, Seattle, January 2015
Astronomers have a important opportunity to teach climate change in basic astronomy classes. This session will review how to discuss climate change with skeptics and provide resources for those who want to incorporate climate change into their courses. Session page.








220th AAS meeting, Anchorage, May 2012
The AAS Sustainability Committee aims to reduce the ecological footprint of the AAS and its operations. This special session
will focus on the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions associated with AAS conferences and how we can reduce themSession page





219th AAS meeting, Austin, January 2012
Do you teach Astronomy?  Do you discuss climate change with non-astronomers?  The AAS Sustainability Committee invites all AAS members to attend this Splinter Session, which will focus on how astronomers can be better educators about global warming, a subject we understand well but most members of the public do not.  Since 40% of US college and university students take an astronomy class, we are in an excellent position to inform the public about this scientific and public policy issue that will increasingly take center stage in the coming decades.  The session will focus on practical tools you can use in classes like Astro 100 as well as other public settings.  The format will include a simulated debate between astronomers and climate skeptics; short demonstrations of climate change PowerPoint slides appropriate for astronomy classes; and advice on communicating climate change from education experts.  Come share your own tips and pick up new ones. Session page


218th AAS meeting, Boston, May 2011
Astronomers use more energy than the average citizen, and have more potential educational influence than the average citizen as well. This session will serve as a presentation and discussion forum about why and how we should take steps to reduce our profession's environmental impact -- primarily but not exclusively greenhouse gas emissions -- as well as to enhance and increase our efforts to educate the public about the science of planetary atmospheres, global energy budgets, and climate change. The format will include informal presentations by astronomers showing what they're already doing to reduce energy usage in their work; discussion of public education strategies and priorities; and a panel discussion with climate experts and federal funding agency representatives. This session represents a continuing effort by the AAS to foster active discussion in the community regarding climate change and other environmental issues that touch on our profession. Session page



217th AAS meeting, Seattle, January 2011

The new AAS Sustainability Committee invites all AAS members to attend this splinter meeting. We will review the current status of US astronomy's environmental footprint and policies, share resources and strategies for reducing that footprint, discuss techniques to educate the public about climate change and related issues, and plan future Committee activities.
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215th AAS meeting, Washington DC, January 2010

Global climate change is arguably the most pressing scientific, social and ethical issue of our time. Astronomy represents only a fraction of the total human carbon emissions, but astronomers have a great potential, and therefore perhaps a great responsibility, to educate themselves and the public on this issue. In addition, the average per capita carbon emissions of professional astronomers are not small, and our profession can do much to reduce its energy consumption and maximize the cost-benefit ratio of our work. The focus of this splinter meeting will be energy conservation and education as it relates to professional astronomy and outreach. Keynote speaker is climate science and policy expert Dr. Joe Romm. Session page