University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

UND to host a series of interdisciplinary sustainable landscape management seminars and workshops in 2013-14

The first event, on conserving biodiversity on working lands in the Great Plains, is set for Oct. 4 at the Education College

Arts & Sciences, with support of the Gransberg Family Endowment in Environmental Studies, will present a campus and community-wide discussion of sustainable landscape management in rural and urban environments during the 2013-2014 academic year.

The first event in the series will feature David Engle, regents professor at Oklahoma State in Stillwater, who will present a seminar on “Conserving Biodiversity on Working Lands in the Great Plains,” at noon, Friday, Oct. 4, in the College of Education and Human Development Building.

The noon seminar is free and open to the public.

The primary goal of the Gransberg Family Endowment is to “provide UND students the opportunity and encouragement to develop a firm understanding of the environmental crisis the world is facing and to recognize the environmental consequences of economic decisions,” according to organizers.

The speaker series is intended to engage the campus, local and regional communities in a discussion of the role inter-relationships among ecology, sociology and economics play in the sustainable management of rural and urban landscapes in public and private sectors.

Other events in the series:

Nov. 18-19:

Carol Williams, research associate, University of Wisconsin Energy Institute in Madison, seminar: Bio-economy transitions: Cross-sector Collaboration at the Conservation-Economy Nexus

April 1-2, 2014:

Fred Rozumalski, landscape architect, Barr Engineering Company, Minneapolis, seminar: Sustainable Landscape Management in Campus and Urban Environments Workshop: A Sustainable Vision for the UND Landscape: A Campus-wide Discussion.

Questions about the series can be directed to either Ike Schlosser in the Department of Biology: 777.2254,;  or Brad Rundquist in the Department of Geography: 777.4246,

-- David L. Dodds, media relations/writer and editor, University and Public Affairs, 777.5529,

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