AAS Sustainability Committee Splinter Session
Tuesday, 11 January 2011, 12 noon-2pm
Seattle Convention Center
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.
Program and Presentations
Click on links below to download PDF versions of presentation slides, and the program.
- 11:30 -- 12:00 noon: James Lowenthal: Introductions, committee overview, review of status of American astronomy’s environmental footprint
- 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Dr. Sandra O. Archibald, Dean, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington; co-author of UW Climate Action Plan
- 1:00 – 1:30 pm: Open discussion: 1) How best to reduce astronomy’s ecological impact? 2) What educational resources and techniques are available to inform and engage students, the public, and politicians about climate change?
- 1:30 -- 2:00 pm: Closed committee discussion
Presentation material is available for responsible, educational and non-profit use, with proper credit to the author.
Feedback from the meeting
We estimate that more than 30 people attended the meeting, including professors, students, research astronomers, and administrators.
Sandra Archibald gave an inspiring, thorough, and content-rich account of the University of Washington's extensive program to reduce its environmental footprint. Especially noteworthy is their high-level willingness to try bold new ideas (e.g. composting toilets), even if they prove to be not quite mature enough to work out just yet.
Unfortunately the schedule conflict with the NSF Town Hall session meant many more who wanted to attend our session couldn't.