The Gunnison Valley “Environmental Possibilities Series” returns this summer with an interesting lineup of inspiring presentations. When it comes to our environment, what does the future look like? This series challenges us to look beyond the impossible and imagine the possibilities of what we can achieve and work toward. Join us for our summer installation of these free presentations and inspired discussions on select Sundays throughout the summer at The Guild (21 Elk Avenue), at 5:00 p.m. in Crested Butte.

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On Sunday, June 26th, Philip Taylor will present “The Future of Animal Feed”. To paraphrase Wendell Berry, Eating is an agricultural act. How we eat largely determines how the world is used. Humans love to eat meat, yet, animal production has created some of our largest sustainability challenges. Philip recently launched Mad Agriculture to create sustainable animal feed that uses black soldier flies to transform food waste into nutritious animal feed and organic fertilizer. Mad Agriculture is inspired by the Mad Farmer poems of Wendell Berry that call for a re-imagination of the food system, rooted in ecological principles, circular economy and inter-generational stewardship.

Philip Taylor has an M.S. and Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He is currently a fellow at the University of Colorado-Boulder and the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.

On Sunday, July 24th, Luke Danielson will present “Healthy Environment vs. Healthy Economy: Which is more important?” Does protecting our local environment have to mean job loss and reduced opportunity? Does economic development always mean environmental degradation? These questions arise every day both globally and locally. Gunnison County has a spectacular natural environment, but it faces degradation from increases in all types of recreation, dust on snow, climate change, and abuse of resources. We also have fellow residents who lack decent living conditions, adequate nutrition, well-paying jobs, and access to proper health care. At the local or the global level, is protecting the environment more important than ending poverty? Do we have to choose? Or is there a way out of this trap?

Luke Danielson is an attorney, professor, researcher and consultant on minerals policy, national development strategies, and environmental management, who has worked internationally with over a dozen governments. He is president and co-founder of Sustainable Development Strategies Group (SDSG), a Colorado non-profit organization.

On Sunday, August 21st, Adrian Carper will present “Native Bee Conservation along the Front Range and Beyond”. Sustaining abundant and diverse native pollinator communities, especially bees, has become a major goal of many conservation organizations and management agencies. Colorado offers a unique opportunity to study the mechanisms that drive native bee community dynamics, given its extremely diverse and well documented bee fauna. While research findings are key for making ecologically sensitive management recommendations for native bees, outreach and education associated with research are vital to changing public perception and ultimately conservation policies. Adrian’s most recent project, The Bees’ Needs, combines both ecological monitoring and education through collaborative citizen science to promote native bee conservation.

Dr. Adrian Carper is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Colorado-Boulder. His primary research interests focus on how anthropogenic disturbance affects pollinators and subsequently the sustainability of pollinator-derived ecosystem services.

Please join us for these Sunday presentations throughout the summer at The Guild (21 Elk Avenue) in Crested Butte. More information about this series can be found at www.hccacb.org/events or by contacting Mel Yemma, Community Outreach and Events Coordinator, at events@hccacb.org.