Matthew Burgess
Ashley Dancer and Ryan Langendorf

The Chancellor's Annual Summit was held on Feb. 23, and the Department of Environmental Studies was honored to participate in several ways this year. Every year the Chancellor's Annual Summit is held to give CU Boulder alumni and community members an opportunity to learn about timely and global issues from CU faculty, researchers, and leaders. This year's topic, "CU Working to Forge a Just and Sustainable Future," highlighted how climate change is affecting human rights around the world. 

The Summit features presentations on the chosen topic by CU experts and leaders. ENVS Assistant Professor, Matt Burgess, was invited to present at this year's summit and spoke on the issue of political polarization in the US and how this is interacting with and complicating action on climate change. A key message Dr. Burgess emphasized is that the only way forward on climate change is together. Dr. Burgess joined others in speaking, including Governor Jared Polis.

Networking opportunities are also an important feature of each year's Summit. ENVS particpated by manning a table at the event, and ENVS Chair, Max Boykoff, and other faculty and students were present.