Climate Change and the Carbon “Hoofprint” of Cities- Wednesday, April 20th at 5 p.m.

A WPI EarthFest Event

Sponsored by the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program

Climate Change and the Carbon “Hoofprint” of Cities

Presented by Dr. Jacque Emel, Associate Director of the Graduate School of Geography, Clark University

Wednesday, April 20, 5 pm

Kaven Hall, Room 116

Climate Change and the Carbon “Hoofprint” of Cities

The food system is a major contributor to climate change, with livestock production accounting for a large percentage.  Reducing the consumption of meat and dairy products can significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  FAO’s landmark study found that 18 percent of GHG emissions in 2005 arose from livestock production – more than the global transportation sector.  Despite the fact that livestock product consumption is increasing at a global level, the scientific findings about livestock producers’ contribution to climate change presents a tremendous opportunity to fundamentally dismantle an industry that is found significantly problematic in terms of public health, animal cruelty, worker compensation and safety, and environment.   Movements to reduce meat consumption, like the “Meatless Monday” campaign, are increasingly popular and focus on institutional shifts.  Not only are universities, hospitals, restaurants, and other institutions re-examining their meat and dairy consumption levels, they are also evaluating and changing their sourcing of such products, emphasizing local small farms over well-established industrial supply chains.  Cities in the US are major promoters of initiatives for reduction of GHG emissions but have not had food or livestock benchmark data to make policies regarding livestock based emissions.  How do we calculate the carbon “hoofprint” of cities?

Professor Jacque "Jody" Emel earned an M.S. in geography from The Pennsylvania State University in 1977 and a Ph.D. in hydrology and water resources from the University of Arizona in 1983. Prior to coming to Clark University, she was an environmental consultant and a water resources planner.  Professor Emel teaches courses in natural resource development, feminist theory and nature, hydrology, and the relationship between economy and environment.  She is the Associate Director of the Graduate School of Geography.


April 20, 2011

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