The Environmental Lecture Series was established at Ashland University after the implementation of the Environmental Science Program in 1991-92. The lecture series was designed to support the program by allowing students, faculty and members of North Central Ohio communities to interact with leaders in environmental science and policy. Over the years, the lecture series has generated significant campus and community involvement and support. Recent lectures have been archived on this webpage for your viewing.

Current support for the lecture series is provided by donations from individuals and support from Ashland University. Previous lecture series have been supported by AU and grants from the National Science Foundation, the Lubrizol Foundation, the GTE Foundation, and the Fran and Warren Rupp Foundation.

All lectures will be at 7:30 p.m. Lectures are typically hosted in Ronk Lecture Hall at the College of Education. Specific events may use other locations or be webinar-only.

Please check each listing for details.

Ashland University invites participants to attend both in-person or via live webinar whenever possible. All Environmental Lecture Series events, whether in-person or via live webinar, are free and open to the public.

2023-2024: Does green infrastructure improve urban environments?

This year, the 2023-2024 Ashland University Environmental Lecture Series asks the questionDoes green infrastructure improve urban environments?

As a growing percentage of humans lives in cities, many professionals are looking to nature for solutions to some of the challenges of urban systems. Like any ecosystem, a city uses essential resources and produces wastes. Where water, air, and/or heat pollution accumulate, quality of life is diminished.

On the other hand, it is widely accepted that parks and other green spaces improve quality of life for residents, as well as property values. For example, hundreds of U.S. cities have committed to making changes that make sure all residents will be within a 10-minute walk of a park. There is a growing body of evidence that green infrastructure choices can help improve outcomes and overall sustainability, as well as a need for more equitable access to the benefits of green spaces. Examples include protecting existing parks and natural areas, installing rain gardens and constructed wetlands, green roofs, planting neighborhood trees, and many others. These choices, often in combination, are found to reduce flooding and excess heat, as well as decrease a variety of water and air pollutants. As a result, green infrastructure is also credited with improved public health.

This year’s Environmental Lecture Series will include presentations from green infrastructure experts and consider how to make our cities, and our own lives, more sustainable.

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