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Poster Presenters

Join faculty and students for poster presentations in a dedicated room with a chat function, so that attendees can answer questions. Poster presentations are a visual representation of an author's research using graphs, photos, diagrams, and a small amount of text in a virtual poster format. 

Bedtime Eco-Stories: How Children's Fiction has the Potential to Mitigate Eco-anxiety and Promote Disaster Resilience

The aim of this study is to investigate how reading and writing children’s fiction has the potential to mitigate eco-anxiety and promote disaster resilience in young readers and families. Using writing as inquiry, I analyse contemporary best-selling middle-grader fiction novels that contain themes of ecological disaster and ecological loss.

Joana Avi-Lorie | Student Researcher, University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)

Innovations to Support Climate Adaptation Across the RISA Network

The RISA program builds relationships that help local decision makers and researchers collaborate on adapting to climate change through a network of regionally-focused and interdisciplinary research and engagement teams. This poster presentation will showcase examples of innovative approaches to collaborative climate adaptation research that support a climate positive future.

Genie Bey | RISA Program Specialist, NOAA CPO CSI (USA)

Caitlin Simpson | Acting RISA Program Director, NOAA CPO CSI (USA)

Using Waste Food to Fuel the Future: Producing Ethanol from Leftover Foods

A persistent issue regarding biofuel has long been the so-called food vs. fuel conflict, where valuable land and resources are used for biofuel feedstock rather than food crops. This research explores the production of second-generation bioethanol from discarded food scraps in an attempt to evaluate its viability as feedstock.

Nina Björkman | Manhattan College (USA)

Caitlin Simpson | Acting RISA Program Director, NOAA CPO CSI (USA)

Willingness to Pay for Climate Solutions

The willingness of individuals to invest in three high-impact climate solutions (rooftop solar, electric vehicles, and heat pumps) and to support associated policies is examined in a survey of 1600 Georgia residents. The results document knowledge, motives, enablers and barriers that vary across socio-demographics and highlight the urban-rural divide.

Dr. Marilyn Brown | Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology (USA)

Improving Power Infrastructure Resilience to Climate-Induced Droughts

Integrated Critical Infrastructure modeling enables power and water supply planners to select non-water or minimal-water utilizing power generation technologies to meet future demands; determine net present value of installing water minimizing power generating plants; and identify positive tipping points for the regional economy and critical infrastructures resilient to severe drought.

Dr. Michael Cohen | Principle Multi-Discipline Sys Engineer, MITRE (USA)

Prioritizing Underserved Communities in a New Network for Climate Change Communicators

Informal educators at parks and public lands, known as interpreters, play a key role in climate change communication. The Earth to Sky Interagency Partnership invites educators and leaders in underserved urban, rural, and Tribal communities to join our expanding network of regional teams that connect interpreters to cutting-edge climate science.

Geneviève de Messières | Lead, Earth to Sky Interagency Partnership (USA)

Sustainable Climate Solutions for the Mekong Region

Climate Ambition Mechanism Under the Paris Agreement: Which Factors Explain Cross-Country Variation in NDC Update?

Fathima Doole | Graduate Student, University of Arizona (USA)

Exploring Colonial Narratives within Salmon Restoration Efforts as Recognition Injustices Toward Salish Tribes

We frame the intersection of the Skagit River’s Indigenous Peoples and salmon decline as a form of recognition injustice. Then, we use a Narrative Policy Framework research design to investigate underlying narratives within ongoing restoration efforts and how they contribute to environmental inequities burdening the region’s Indigenous communities.

Jann Eberharter | Graduate Student, Western Washington University (USA)

The Healthy Kid Project

I have been working on curriculum for kids ages 3-8 based on positive climate actions. By increasing the intake of fruits and veggies in our diets, we get the added benefit of reducing carbon emissions and also reducing obesity. My Education kits offer six lesson plans for parents and teachers.

Meagan Fishell | Founder, The Healthy Kid Project (USA)

Developing Best Practices for Minimizing Food Waste at University Campuses

In the United States more food waste is discarded than in any other country. Campus dining facilities and events are huge contributors to food waste. We will examine different food waste reduction initiatives at higher education institutions to identify a set of best practices for reducing food waste.

Yasmin Gulamhusein | Student, Georgetown University (USA)

Dr. Maria Petrova | Assistant Professor, Georgetown University (USA)

Global Reforestation: A Case Study of Reforestation and Species Survival in a Southeastern Madagascar Community

Madagascar is at a high risk of continued deforestation due to factors such as increasing human populations, rising poverty, and climate change. The objective of this research is to determine whether selected reforestation plots in Ranomafana, Madagascar, have experienced success in terms of change in growth and survival rates.

Eleanor King | Graduate Student, George Mason University (USA)

Social Movements in the Media: A Content Analysis of Fossil Fuel Divestment in Higher Education

This study looks at the framing of three investment approaches (divestment, responsible investing, carbon neutrality), different drivers, and actions taken by stakeholders in HEIs to influence the investment decisions. Insights gained contribute to understanding of how fossil fuel divestment is framed and of what might influence investment decisions.

Rachel Krueger | Student, University of Waterloo (Canada)

Truzaar Dordi | Student, University of Waterloo (Canada)

Community Livelihoods Resilience Toward a Climate Positive Future

TowardsProtecting landmass from degradation, utilizing ecologically sensitive indigenous and alternative methods for land & water utilization, rejuvenation followed by adoption green energy, biomass conservation can help to achieve important prerequisites for community livelihoods resilience & environmental sustainability & livelihoods empowerment on enterprising mode.

Pradeep Mohapatra | Secretary & Co Founder, UDYAM (India)

Teaching and Learning about Energy in Graduate Level Sustainability Programs

The importance of transitioning to net zero emissions in an effort to support the UN SDGs is well-established. Given the time-sensitive nature of this transition, a concerted effort must be made to educate the next generation of scientists, policy makers, and business managers on the topic of energy.

Alannah Nathan | Student, Georgetown University (USA)

Maria Petrova | Assistant Director, Georgetown University (USA)

Nature Redemption and Mankind Redemption: The Two Faced Coin

To build an integrative ecosystem approach and practical framework to face the contemporary environmental problems and related educational, cultural, political and economic issues, considering the combination of four dimensions of being in the world in the generation and transformation of events.

Dr. André Francisco Pilon | Associate Professor, University of São Paulo / International Academy of Science, Health & Ecology (Brazil)

Decision Support System for the Identification of Sustainable Transformation Paths Based on a Multi-stakeholder Approach

While the SDGs constitute an essential guiding concept for science and policy, it is less obvious what implications are associated when implementing related measures in a regional context. Using a multi-stakeholder approach, this research illustrates how MCDA can support a transparent decision-making process for identifying regional transformation pathways.

Florian Siekmann | PhD Student, Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany)

Regulating Poverty: A Critical Discourse Study of Reporting Renewable Energy Policies in the United States

When reporting on renewable energy policies to the U.S. public, the media discourse constructs an illusion that regards renewable energy as essential and affordable and indeed portrays a future without poverty. Such discourses reimagine commodification by producing an emergent social class and intensifying the ongoing class warfare through media language.

Minglei Zhang | PhD Student and Instructor, University of Maine (USA)

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