Flying Less: Innovations in Global Low-Carbon Academic Conferencing with a Human Touch

A brown bag lecture by Parke Wilde, Tufts University.

Friday, March 16, 2018, at noon (12:00 PM)

Room 1216 East Building, Hunter College,

A burst of new experimentation may soon transform long-distance academic conferencing technologies. Many academics recognize the need to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of our academic conferencing, and yet we feel dissatisfied with the personal experience of “webinars.” The problem is not just technological. This talk describes recent demonstrations of two new formats for low-carbon long-distance conferencing with a human touch. It connects these innovations with broader sustainability initiatives in universities and research communities (

Parke Wilde (PhD, Cornell) is a food economist at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Previously, he worked USDA’s Economic Research Service. At Tufts, Parke teaches graduate-level courses in statistics and U.S. food policy. His research addresses food security and hunger measurement, the economics of food assistance programs, and federal dietary guidance policy. He has been a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Food Forum and currently is on the scientific and technical advisory committee for Menus of Change, an initiative to advance the health and sustainability of the restaurant industry. He directs the USDA-funded Tufts/UConn Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics (RIDGE) program. Parke keeps a blog at In March, 2018, Routledge/Earthscan is releasing the second edition of his book, titled Food Policy in the United States: An Introduction.

If you’re interested in attending this brown bag lecture and are not a CUNY student, faculty member, or staff member please email to arrange access to the Hunter College campus.


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