Go green at 9th annual sustainability symposium

Nick Mullins, author of "The Thoughtful Coal Miner" blog, will headline this year's Symposium on Sustainability with a Feb. 19 lecture in the Memorial Union Great Hall (8 p.m.). His talk, "Coal, Climate and Environmental Backlash," and a poster session (6:30-8 p.m., MU South Ballroom) kick off a two-day showcase of sustainability initiatives. All events are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, "Sustainapalooza: Let's be SustainABLE" takes over the MU Great Hall and ballrooms from 5 to 8 p.m. "Green it Yourself" learning exhibits, student organization displays, a clothing swap and local-sourced refreshments are part of the planned activities. The sustainability poster session will run concurrently in the MU Sun Room, followed by an awards presentation for excellence in sustainability. The Live Green awards recognize campus sustainability efforts through awareness and initiatives in teaching, research, outreach or operations. 

The Symposium on Sustainability also is showing a documentary film on Monday, Feb. 26 (7 p.m., MU Great Hall). "The Age of Consequences" explores how the results of climate change -- such as food and water shortages -- lead to global instability and conflict.