Co-Director of University of Arizona Institute for the Environment Presents on Engaging the Arts at Colorado State University April 21

Colorado State University will host Diana Liverman, co-director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona, as she presents “Informing and Inspiring Responses to the Climate Challenge: Engaging the Arts and Cultural Sector” on Thursday, April 21 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Senate Chambers.

This event is presented by the Environmental Governance Working Group and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES).

After a brief review of the recent National Research Council report, “America’s Climate Choices: Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change” and a discussion of the importance of engaging the private sector and the public, Liverman will address strategies and opportunities for involving the arts, music and cultural sector in the response to climate change. She will also discuss work that brings climate scientists and artists together on voyages to the Arctic and Amazon, ongoing conversations and commissions with the arts about climatic “tipping points,” and research that seeks to inform greenhouse gas emissions in the music industry.

“Diana Liverman is a world renowned expert on the human dimensions of global environmental change who advises national and international decision-makers on climate policy issues,” said Michele Betsill, associate professor of political science who is a principal investigator for the Environmental Governance Working Group. “She is passionate in her view that the arts and humanities play a central role in raising awareness and searching for solutions to global climate change by inspiring people to think deeply about their relationship to the natural world.”

Liverman will also be giving an EGWG seminar April 22 at 11 a.m. in Rockwell 118 on “Climate and Development: The Governance of Carbon Offsets and Adaptation,” a discussion of recent research on the governance and controversies over carbon offsets and on the information and accounting systems to support the emerging international adaptation regime.

Both of these events are in conjunction with CSU’s celebration of Earth Week, which runs April 18 through April 22.

About the Environmental Governance Working Group

The Environmental Governance Working Group was created in 2008 as a joint project of the Department of Political Science and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University. They are a multi-disciplinary community of scholars seeking to advance research on environmental governance and sustainability. Members come from 13 departments across five colleges and are linked to a wide range of initiatives at CSU and beyond. More information can be found at

About SoGES

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability is an umbrella organization that encompasses all environmental education and research at Colorado State University. The school positions CSU to address the multiple challenges to global sustainability through broad-based research, curricular programs and outreach initiatives. The school’s emphases include food security, environmental institutions and governance, sustainable communities, land and water resources, biodiversity, conservation and management, climate change and energy. This approach will capitalize on the university’s historic strength in environmental research and education and will build upon the education and research that already exists within all eight colleges on campus from the Warner College of Natural Resources to the College of Business. More information can be found at