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SSI Summer Newsletter 2022

July 18, 2022

Greetings from the Space and Sustainability Initiative at CU Boulder! This newsletter will be the first in a series of quarterly publications aimed at keeping you updated on the workings of SSI and sharing notable space sustainability news both local, national, and international.

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The Secure World Foundation’s Space Sustainability Summit: Applying Lessons and Making Connections

July 14, 2022

In my last blog I detailed my experience at the Peaceful Use of Lasers in Space Conference, the errors made, the lessons learned, and what I wanted to improve upon at my next summit. Well last month, I got my change. SSI’s PI Zack Donohew and I had the good...

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Women in Space: A reflection on World Space Week and SSI’s first event

April 14, 2022

During this past year’s World Space Week, the Space & Sustainability Initiative (SSI) fully embraced the 2021 theme of ‘Women in Space’ by hosting events both in-person and online celebrating women in the aerospace industry. As a fairly new initiative, SSI had yet to convene its larger community in any...

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Tales from Dubai: Molly’s experiences at the 2021 International Astronautical Conference and the Space Generation Conference

April 1, 2022

This past fall, RAs Molly MacEachen and Andrew Swackhamer represented the Space & Sustainability Initiative (SSI) as panelists for the Plenary Session, “Social Responsibility in Space: How the Next Generation is Leading the Charge” at the 2021 International Astronautical Congress (IAC ) in Dubai. To make this happen, both were...

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The Peaceful Use of Lasers in Space Conference: A reflection on lessons and opportunities

March 18, 2022

This past fall, I had the fortune to attend the Peaceful Use of Lasers in Space Conference (PULS) in Prague, hosted by HiLASE and the Breakthrough Initiative . The conference aimed to discuss the technical and policy challenges to, well, the peaceful use of lasers in space. Spanning two days,...

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Leeds Mourns ‘Passionate Educator, Mentor and Thinker’ Who Broke New Ground in Business Ethics

July 21, 2021

Students, faculty, staff recall a tireless mentor who was a global authority on sustainability.

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CU Boulder and Secure World Foundation launch program aimed at making space exploration more sustainable

Jan. 25, 2021

Program to focus on entrepreneurship and norms of behavior shaping the $1.1 trillion commercial space market BOULDER, Colo. (Jan. 25, 2021) — The University of Colorado Boulder and the Secure World Foundation today announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding to launch the Space and Sustainability Initiative (SSI). As...

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Advisory Board Member Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson Receives Prestigious Agency Honor Award From NASA

Oct. 20, 2020

Space & Sustainability Initiative Advisory Board Member Dr. Stefanie Johnson was honored by NASA with the prestigious 2020 Agency Honors Group Achievement Award for her work on reducing gender bias in their Hubble Space Telescope program. Read the full article >>

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CU President Mark Kennedy addresses CU as “The University of the Universe”

Sept. 8, 2020

In his September 2020 President’s Newsletter, President Mark Kennedy reflected on the breadth of space-oriented activities at the University of Colorado, noting CU’s ability to be a leader in space. Read the full article >>

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Money, Risk, Shame, and Reputation: Incenting Responsible Behavior in Space

Sept. 7, 2020

Originally used to introduce a panel session for the Secure World Foundation Summit for Space Sustainability, this video features our team encouraging viewers to begin thinking about the incentives that might push the needle for sustainability in space.