Subscribe to RSS Feed

Wednesday, December 1st
3:00 PM

Session 2.1 Meatless Mondays in university dining halls: environmental impact reductions and student opinions

Natalie Buchholz, Colorado State University
Amanda Pastore, Colorado State University
Sara Chelewski, Colorado State University
Karan Mirpuri, Colorado State University

3:00 PM - 3:13 PM

We explore the impact of animal product consumption Colorado State University's (CSU) dining halls. Using the University’s dining hall order log, we quantified the impact of animal product consumption under “business as usual” conditions (pre-COVID-19). This data was used to survey student and dining hall staff opinions on introducing “Meatless Mondays” initiatives in university dining halls. Student surveys assessed opinions before and after being informed of the campus-wide impact of animal product consumption. Dining hall staff were interviewed to assess opinions on difficulty and resistance to implementing a Meatless Monday initiative. SDG Theme: SDG 15 – Life on Land Type: E-poster

3:14 PM

Session 2.1 The Great Barrier Reef

Nathan Thompson, Colorado State University
Esmeralda Barrientos, Colorado State University
Spencer Tennant, Colorado State University
Aspen Arbuckle, Colorado State University

3:14 PM - 3:27 PM

A timeline of chronological events connected to the Climate Action, Life Below Water, and Quality Education SDGs. We will connect how climate change caused reef decay to education and restoration efforts, after people realized what was happening and then making climate goals and ecological goals. SDG Theme: SDG 4 – Quality Education, SDG 13 - Climate Action, SDG 15 - Life on Land Type: Short talk (e.g. PowerPoint, Google Slides)

3:28 PM

Session 2.1 Jeju volcanic island and lava tubes

Nick Godsey, Colorado State University
Nichole Grau, Colorado State University
Jenna Cookson, Colorado State University

3:28 PM - 3:41 PM

Jeju volcanic island and lava tubes is a National Park on an island off the southern coast of South Korea. Formed through volcanic activity hundreds of thousands of years ago, the island is now a tourist destination with the park being the centerpiece but also boasting great beaches for surfing, 3 World Heritage sites, and many museums. Bringing in tourism is essential to this island with only 2 cities but also comes along with some difficult challenges such as increased pollution, energy needs, and public transportation on this island. Type: Short talk (e.g. PowerPoint, Google Slides)

3:42 PM

Session 2.1 Is Your Cup of Coffee Green?

Ayush Chutani, Colorado State University
Leah Mendoza, Colorado State University
Bryce Weinell, Colorado State University
Sarah Perryman, Colorado State University

3:42 PM - 3:54 PM

The coffee industry is one of the many contributors to greenhouse gases. As time passes, climate change will pressure the industry to implement intensive practices to make up for decreased yield, only worsening coffee’s contribution to climate change. Therefore, we must evaluate areas in the industry, with higher GHG emissions and determine how we can better practices. Producers and consumers have begun to utilize sustainable practices. Through quantification, reduction, and offset, coffee companies can claim their coffee as “carbon neutral.” Consumers can choose to support these companies. A movement towards the production and consumption of coffee that has net zero greenhouse gas emissions, will allow for responsible consumption and production, through climate change mitigation. SDG Theme: SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production Type: Short talk (e.g. PowerPoint, Google Slides)