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Environment / Sustainability

Sustainability programs featured at Lory on Sunday

November 12, 2009

Colorado State University will bring a sustainability focus to the Lory Student Center on Sunday, Nov. 15: The College of Natural Sciences 10th annual Thornton-Massa Lecture on sustainable food; and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability's test screening of "Climate Refugees," one of only five films to be shown at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen.

"The Origins of the Plants on your Plate" talk

The Colorado State University annual Thornton-Massa Lecture on Nov. 15 will feature Steve Baenziger from the University of Nebraska talking about “The Origin of the Plants on your Plate.” The public event will be 2- 4:30 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom on the Fort Collins campus followed by a reception.

For reservations, call (970) 491-7013 or go to and click on Thornton-Massa Lecture.

Origin of household foods

The talk will be followed by a panel of CSU experts discussing the origin of household foods.

Patrick Byrne, corn specialist from the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
Cecil Stushnoff, potato specialist from the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Mark Brick, beans specialist from the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
Pat Bedinger, tomato specialist from the Department of Biology
Stephen Menke, grapes specialist from the Western Colorado Research Center
Christina Walters, seed preservation specialist from the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation

Appetizers to showcase foods discussed

Following the program, light appetizers showcasing the foods discussed in the panel will be served. Menu options include:

  • pistachio crisps topped with mascarpone cheese and grape compote
  • grilled tomato and basil flatbread pizza
  • fire roasted corn dip with blue corn chips

"Climate Refugees" documentary - special screening

That event will be followed by a test screening of “Climate Refugees” in the Lory Student Center Theatre. Afterward, Colorado State University and School of Global Environmental Sustainability faculty will discuss environmental issues and climate change with Michael Nash, the film’s director.

Diana Wall, director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, will moderate the panel discussion, which will also feature:

Michele Betsill, associate professor of political science
Scott Denning, professor of atmospheric science
Lori Peek, assistant professor of sociology


All tickets to the test screening of “Climate Refugees” have been distributed. Ticket holders are advised to arrive early and line up in the hallway north of the Curfman Gallery prior to doors opening at 5:15 p.m. Ticket holders will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis in the Lory Student Center Theatre. Additional seating will be available in a designated overflow space for ticket holders that do not secure seating in the theatre.

For those without tickets, a first-come, first-served line will form in the Lory Student Center east atrium near First National Bank and RAMtech. Those without tickets will be admitted as space allows once all ticket holders have been seated.

Contact: Emily Wilmsen
Phone: (970) 491-2336