May 6: Dr. Gary Paoli at UMN’s Institute on the Environment

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Twin Cities Tropical Environments Network (TC-Tropics) is happy to announce a special 2015 event, co-hosted with the Frontiers in the Environment lecture series!

Wednesday, May 6 from 12 to 1 pm
Institute on the Environment
1954 Buford Avenue, Saint Paul MN

Daemeter Consulting’s Dr. Gary Paoli will discuss:

Do Volunteer Supply Chain Sustainability Programs Really Work?

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Raw materials used in products on today’s supermarket shelves are often sourced from tropical locales with major social and environmental problems such as deforestation, biodiversity loss and child labor. Companies are under immense pressure to exclude these ‘unsustainable’ products from their supply chains. To ensure sustainability, companies are buying certified products and partaking in pubic commitments such as zero-deforestation pledges. Gary Paoli, consulting director of research and program development at Daemeter, will examine the value of voluntary supply chain approaches for reducing the negative environmental impacts of tropical commodity production. He will address questions such as: What are the barriers to implementing supply chain initiatives? How do we measure the impact of voluntary approaches? What improvements are needed to ensure the success of supply chain governance?

Nov 11 Event: Dr. Jahi Chappell at UMN

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Twin Cities Tropical Environments Network (TC-Tropics) is happy to announce the third in our series of Fall 2014 events!

Tuesday, November 11 from 6 to 8 pm
Institute on the Environment
1954 Buford Avenue, Saint Paul MN

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy’s Dr. M. Jahi Chappell will discuss:

The need for action, ethics and values in ecology: Examples from food systems and conservation in the Tropics

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Many ecologists acknowledge the importance they place on sustainable human systems. Simultaneously, most practice “value-neutral” science. Yet (paraphrasing Herman Daly) true objectivity would mean having no preferences between justice and injustice, the interesting and the mundane, truth and falsehood, or sustainability and un-sustainability. Resolving these quandaries and implementing effective policy depends on democratic processes where costs and benefits are measured on multiple axes. This requires increased dialogue between scientists and citizens, with scientists also acting as citizens. Political science has refuted a “linear policy process” where “good science in” leads to “good policy out,” but research identifies a wealth of possibilities surrounding civic dialogue and engaged governance. Dr. Chappell will illustrate these concepts using examples from his own research and that of others on food sovereignty and conservation in the Tropics.

From 6-6:45, we’ll converse over snacks and drinks. At 6:45, we’ll hear Dr. Chappell’s presentation and then continue the conversation over refreshments.

We invite everyone who is interested in the tropics to attend this event, including those from the private sector, NGOs, and academia. Please RSVP.

Parking: The closest pay parking ($6) is the Gortner Avenue ramp; there is also ample free parking along Cleveland Avenue and side streets after 5 pm. The campus connector stops at the corner of Buford and Gortner.

October 7 Event: Prof. Jennifer Powers at the University of Minnesota

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Twin Cities Tropical Environments Network (TC-Tropics) is happy to announce the second in our series of Fall 2014 events!

Tuesday, October 7 from 6 to 8 pm
Institute on the Environment
1954 Buford Avenue, Saint Paul MN

University of Minnesota Professor Jennifer Powers (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, and Plant Biology) will discuss:

How can we better connect research, conservation, and education in Guanacaste, Costa Rica? A manifesto

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Many academics studying tropical ecology hope to aid conservation efforts. Yet, there are few direct mechanisms that encourage dialog between researchers and conservation managers. Prof. Powers discusses ways to broadly disseminate research, making it relevant for education, conservation, and management.

From 6-6:45, we’ll converse over snacks (from the Seward Coop!) and drinks. At 6:45, we’ll hear Prof. Powers’ presentation and then continue the conversation over refreshments.

We invite everyone who is interested in the tropics to attend this event, including those from the private sector, NGOs, and academia. Please RSVP.

Parking: The closest pay parking ($6) is the Gortner Avenue ramp; there is also ample free parking along Cleveland Avenue and side streets after 5 pm. The campus connector stops at the corner of Buford and Gortner.

September 11 Event: Prof. William Moseley at Macalester College

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Twin Cities Tropical Environments Network (TC-Tropics) is happy to announce our first in a series of Fall 2014 events!

Thursday, September 11 from 6 to 8 pm
Weyerhaeuser Boardroom
Weyerhaeuser Hall
62 Macalester Street, Saint Paul MN

Macalester College Professor and Chair of Geography, and Director of African Studies William Moseley will discuss The 2008 Global Food Crisis and the New Green Revolution for Africa: The Case of Mali, West Africa.

High food prices in 2008 touched off food riots around the world, with West Africa suffering more of these disturbances than other world regions.  Mali was spared the worst of this crisis as its food economy benefitted from the ‘protection’ of being land locked. Furthermore, Mali’s flexible urban consumers shifted from rice to sorghum, a grain whose production increased steeply as cotton production collapsed in the wake of lower global prices for this commodity.  Now development agencies peddle different narratives in the wake of this crisis.  Many argue that trade and a narrow technological focus on increased production employing exogenous technologies is the best way forward.  Sadly this New Green Revolution approach ignores the reasons for Mali’s relative success in the last crisis.

From 6-6:45, we’ll converse over snacks and drinks. At 6:45, we’ll hear Prof. Moseley’s presentation and then continue the conversation over refreshments.

We invite everyone who is interested in the tropics to attend our event, including those from the private sector, NGOs, and academia. Please RSVP.

Parking: Macalester college has plenty of free lot and street parking. Please refer to the parking map here, and pay attention to posted signs.

August 14 Event: Happy Hour at Republic 7 Corners

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Please join us for the August 2014 installment of the Twin Cities Tropical Environments Network! This month will be a social event for networking and conversation at a hip location next to the University of Minnesota campus.

Thursday, August 14 from 5 to 7 pm
Republic 7 Corners
221 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis MN

Happy hour runs until 6 pm. We’ll try to find a spot outside if the weather is nice, otherwise look for us indoors!

We invite everyone who is interested in the tropics to attend our event, including those from the private sector, NGOs, and academia. No need to RSVP, but you can add your name to our mailing list here.

Also, SAVE THE DATE for events this fall!
September 11 – Prof. William Moseley from Macalester College
October 7 – Prof. Jennifer Powers from the University of Minnesota
November 11 – Dr. M. Jahi Chappell from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

June 17, 2014 Event: Happy Hour at Republic 7 Corners

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We’re excited to announce the June 2014 installment of the Twin Cities Tropical Environments Network! This month will be a social event for networking and conversation at a hip location next to the University of Minnesota campus.

Tuesday, June 17 from 5 to 7 pm
Republic 7 Corners
221 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis MN

Happy hour runs until 6 pm. We’ll try to find a spot outside if the weather is nice, otherwise look for us indoors!

We invite everyone who is interested in the tropics to attend our event, including those from the private sector, NGOs, and academia. No need to RSVP, but you can add your name to our mailing list here.

May 22, 2014 Event: Happy Hour at Aster Cafe

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We’re excited to announce the May 2014 installment of the Twin Cities Tropical Environments Network! This month will be a social event for networking and conversation at a beautiful location next to the Mississippi river.

Thursday, May 22 from 5 to 7 pm
Aster Cafe
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis MN

Happy hour runs until 6 pm. We’ll try to find a spot outside if the weather is nice, otherwise look for us indoors!

We invite everyone who is interested in the tropics to attend our event, including those from the private sector, NGOs, and academia. No need to RSVP, but you can add your name to our mailing list here.