Beginning in March 2013, Bucknell's annual Sustainability Symposium has explored diverse aspects of sustainability from multiple disciplinary perspectives using a range of approaches:

  • Faculty-led panels that bring together multiple classes with public audiences to explore sustainability themes and issues.

  • Public keynote talks by leading sustainability scholars and practitioners.

  • Poster sessions featuring student research on sustainability topics.

  • Creative displays, art installations, and demonstrations that exemplify sustainability.

  • Student-led activities oriented toward collective action on sustainability.

“Envisioning the Future: Energy, Climate, & Human Rights”

Bucknell University's seventh annual Sustainability Symposium will be held on campus beginning Friday, April 26, and wrapping up to a close late Saturday morning, April 27.

This symposium is presented by the University's Center for Sustainability & the Environment, with sponsorship by the following:

  • Office of the President
  • Office of Religious & Spiritual Life
  • Office of the Provost
  • Bucknell Farm
  • Office of Campus Sustainability
  • CAP Center
  • Dean's Office of the College of Engineering
  • Dean's Office of the Freeman College of Management
  • Humanities Center
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Center for the Study of Race,
  • Ethnicity & Gender
  • Chemistry
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)
  • Environmental Studies & Sciences Program
  • Geography
  • Geology & Environmental Geosciences
  • Managing for Sustainability
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sociology & Anthropology
  • Women's & Gender Studies

This Year's Keynote Speaker

Dr. James Hansen

Dr HansonDr. James Hansen, formerly Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's Earth Institute, where he directs a program in Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions. Dr. Hansen is best known for his testimony on climate change in the 1980s that helped raise awareness of global warming. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and has received numerous awards including the Sophie and Blue Planet Prizes. Dr. Hansen is recognized for speaking truth to power and for outlining actions needed to protect the future of young people and all species on the planet. - Columbia University


Special Guest Speaker

Sophie Kivlehan

Sophie Kivlehan"I know climate change is going to have the biggest impact on my generation and generations to come. Our government isn't taking action and we have a very small window to turn this around. I feel a sense of responsibility to take action."

- Sophie Kivlehan

"Growing up with stories of climate change from her grandfather, legendary climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, Sophie became passionate about climate science at a young age. Sophie is deeply concerned about the future because she knows that climate change will not only harm her, but will also harm the entire fabric of human civilization and all living things on Earth that she cherishes and relies on for her life, liberties, and property." - Our Children's Trust


Overview of 2019 Events

Friday, April 26

6:00 - 7:15 p.m. Student Action on Climate Change:
Discussion with Sophie Kivlehan
Elaine Langone Center, The Forum

5:30 - 7 p.m. Poster Session (Peer reviewed)
Set up begins at 5:00 p.m.
Terrace Room, Elaine Langone Center

8 - 9:30 p.m. Keynote Address
Weis Center for Performing Arts

Saturday, April 27

8 a.m. Breakfast
Terrace Room, Elaine Langone Center

9 a.m. Plenary Dialogue Session
Forum, Elaine Langone Center

10 - 11 a.m. Oral Presentations

11 - 11:30 a.m. Wrap up and Closing

Submit an Abstract

Abstracts for both oral and poster presentations are being sought from all interested parties, including faculty, students, professionals, state and federal environmental agencies, conservancies, watershed groups, and regulators. Please limit submissions to 400 words or less. Example topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Climate: Climate change policy; public perceptions of climate change; climate change impacts, adaptations, and mitigation; variability and change; modeling of boundary layer dynamics
  • Community: Organizational strategies for sustainable communities; community revitalization; local and global social movements for sustainability, inclusion, climate change action, etc
  • Ecosystems - Impacts of climate change; impacts of energy development; diversity of terrestrial and aquatic life; invasive species
  • Energy: Renewable technologies; energy retrofitting; smart grids; energy policy; transportation
  • Food: agriculture; food production; food waste; food shortages; farm labor
  • Human Rights: Environmental (in)justice; ethical and moral dimensions of climate change impacts and responses
  • Management: Intersection of business and sustainability; establishing sustainable initiatives; ensuring long-term corporate viability; employee concerns
  • Planning: Sustainable design; green buildings; eco-landscaping; planning for sustainable growth; urbanization and related issues
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals: Particularly related to affordable and clean energy; sustainable cities and communities; climate action, although all 17 SDG areas are welcome
  • Water: Sources and uses; sustainable watershed management; floods and droughts; climate change impacts; equitable access to clean water

Dr. James Hansen’s keynote is free and open to the public, with advance ticket reservation. An email regarding how to request your tickets will follow, or you may request them through the email below. Participation in the poster and oral presentation session will be selected by peer review with the abstract proceedings being published. Accepted abstracts for oral presentations will be asked to provide a 6 minute video as part of the peer review process. Accepted abstracts will have a $35 registration fee.

Submit your Abstract Now