Colorado State University SoGES panel looks at the challenges of water and climate for a sustainable future

Ensuring the availability of freshwater resources for a growing human population and fragile ecosystems is one of the greatest challenges of the coming century.  How do we achieve a sustainable path forward when considering the potential impacts of climate change at a global scale? How can we work together to address an issue with no easy answers?

A panel of experts from Colorado State University and the U.S. Forest Service will tackle these tough questions on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 5–6:30 p.m. at Avogadro’s Number, 605 S. Mason St.

This is part of the CSU School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) Managing the Planet Topics in Sustainability series, held once a semester. This panel is co-sponsored by the CSU Water Center.

Panelists for “A Wicked Problem: Challenges of the water and climate nexus for a sustainable future” include Ellen Wohl, professor, Department of Geosciences; Reagan Waskom, director, and Brad Udall of the Colorado Water Institute at CSU; and Kelly Elder, U.S. Forest Service. The panel will be moderated by Gene Kelly, professor, CSU Department of Soil and Crop Sciences.

Panelists will discuss how a changing climate can influence the availability and quality of our planet’s finite water resources – for humans, the natural and built environments, and for growing our food, fiber and fuel. To build on this continuing conversation, the panel will put forward the key questions and potential solutions for consideration, discussion, and action. 

The panel is free and open to the public. For more information, go to