Conservation Innovation: Students as Conservation Catalysts


Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 11:00am to 12:00pm


Online Webinar

About the Webinar
The next generation of innovative conservation leaders are now emerging from our colleges, universities, and research organizations, and they are out to change the world. Please join us on for a live, online discussion with Colorado College students and recent graduates who are out on the water, in the water, and in dialogue with senior federal decision makers. Hear several of their tales, and learn how an upcoming conference will bring some of our brightest young conservation innovators together to share their dreams and experiences.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zak Podmore will tell us more about their journey in kayaks and rafts along the length of the Colorado River, from the Green River in Wyoming to Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, and how they shared their findings – and their call to action to save the Colorado River – with U.S. Department of Interior officials in Washington, DC.

Colorado College (CC) staffer Brendan Boepple will also be on hand to explain how their adventure forms an integral part of CC’s innovative State of the Rockies program.

In addition, Philip Nyhus, Associate Professor with the Environmental Studies Program at Colby College, and Ginny Kessler, a senior at Colby, will describe the conference they are now organizing for March 1, 2013 on “Students as Conservation Catalysts.” The conference will bring together a cadre of students from the U.S. and abroad to offer their most inventive ideas for advancing large landscape conservation initiatives in North America and beyond.

The session will be moderated by James Levitt, Director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University, and a Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There will be ample time to take questions from the audience.

presentation-boepple.pdf6.06 MB
presentation-nyhus-and-keesler.pdf2.72 MB