Follow:fb twOnytOn
Home » K-12 & the Community » Hot Science - Cool Talks » Black Swans & the U.S. Future: Creating Sustainable & Resilient Societies

Black Swans & the U.S. Future: Creating Sustainable & Resilient Societies






Student Activity Center (SAC) Auditorium (map)

Pre-lecture activities start at 5:45 p.m. Lecture followed by questions & answers from 7-8:15 p.m.

Web Broadcast:
The Live Webcast will start at 7pm. Please log on at least 15 minutes before start time to download the necessary plug-ins to ensure proper viewing.

The event will take place on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin in the Student Activity Center (SAC) Hall Auditorium. Click here for a map to SAC.

by Dr. David W. Orr
Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 7 PM CT

What is the Lecture About?

Lecture title: Black Swans and the U.S. Future: Creating Sustainable & Resilient Societies

‘Black Swans’ are infrequent and unpredictable events that can drive change in both human and natural systems.  What qualities make societies resilient and sustainable in the face of environmental Black Swans? How can we prepare for, absorb, and recover from the unpredictable disruptions from climate-related ecological change? 

In this public lecture, Dr. Orr discusses several promising strategies, including building upon what we already know about sustainable design, construction, and technology to create resilient societies and support systems. Co-sponsored by UT's President’s Office of Sustainability, ESI, School of Architecture and Center for Teaching and Learning.


Online Teacher Professional Development sponsored by the Texas Regional Collaboratives in partnership with Shell.

trc_logo                     shell_logo


Presenter's Biosketch

David W. Orr is one of our generation’s leading environmental philosophers and educators. He is the recipient of five honorary degrees and other awards including The Millennium Leadership Award from Global Green, the Bioneers Award, the National Wildlife Federation Leadership Award, a Lyndhurst Prize acknowledging “persons of exceptional moral character, vision, and energy”. 

Dr. Orr has lectured at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Europe, and has served as a Trustee for many organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. He has been a Trustee and/or advisor to ten foundations. His career as a scholar, teacher, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur spans fields as diverse as environment and politics, environmental education, campus greening, green building, ecological design, and climate change. He is the author of six books, including his best-selling 2005 title "Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World".

Websites of Interest:

"Can We Avoid the Perfect Storm?" 2012 article by David Orr in Solutions Magazine

Rocky Mountain Institute: The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is a nonprofit research and educational foundation aiming to foster efficient and sustainable use of resources.

Aldo Leopold Foundation: The Aldo Leopold Foundation's mission is to weave a land ethic into the fabric of our society; to advance the understanding, stewardship and restoration of land health; and to cultivate leadership for conservation.

Teacher Workshop Information:

A K-12 teacher workshop will be held at the event beginning at 5:45 p.m. Teachers who attend the workshop and/or the evening's lecture can receive professional development credit. To RSVP and join the workshop please visit our Teacher Opportunities Page.

Event-related Pictures:


David Orr, UT Professor Steven Moore, EVS major Michelle Camp, and Jim Walker after Dr. Orr’s Hot Science Cool Talks event


Brigid Shea, leader of Austin’s Save Our Springs Alliance, discusses environmental policy with UGS303 students on Barton Springs field trip, on the 20-year anniversary of the Save Our Springs ordinance.

Creative Commons LicenseUT Main | UT Directory | UT Direct | Calendars | Privacy Policy | Accessibility | Recommended Browsers
Environmental Science Institute, The University of Texas at Austin