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2021 Speaker Series Presentation: LET’S GET REAL ABOUT REGIONAL COLLABORATIONS
October 12 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Join us for our October Speaker Series presentation! On Tuesday, October 12th from 5pm-6pm, Aubrey Larsen and Jake Powell will be talking about regional collaborations:
Is working together always easy? No, but is it worth it? Yes.
In October of 2020 the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative partnered with Utah State University’s Gateway and Natural Amenity Region Initiative to form the Western Night Skies Council — a platform for increasing dialogue, sharing resources and information, and providing mutual support for the diverse groups of night sky conservation advocates throughout the Western United States.
The Western Night Skies Council is one of many collaborative efforts aimed at addressing the problem of light pollution and represents a “large-scale” collaboration. As a scalable, multidisciplinary, issue, dark sky conservation can be an extremely complex issue but one thing is certain, it doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Join Jake Powell and Aubrey Larsen as they discuss real challenges, real breakthroughs, and real solutions when it comes to working together. Audience participation will be encouraged.
This is a free event, but registration is required! Please register at https://forms.gle/SdiB53xXcFRhY2z18 to receive the zoom link for the talk.
More about the Presenters:
Aubrey Larsen works to improve the human experience through quality design, clear communication, and data-driven planning and decision making in her position with the Utah Community Development Office. In addition to her work with the state, Aubrey provides support for landscape-scale dark sky conservation efforts throughout the Four Corners region as Coordinator for the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative. Outside of work Aubrey enjoys mountain biking, knitting, collecting teddy bears, and watching M*A*S*H reruns.
Jake Powell is an Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at Utah State University. His professional career focused on uniting communities to their surrounding landscapes through collaborative planning and design efforts. He has worked throughout the intermountain west to envision and implement watershed planning and restoration projects, natural resource conservation efforts, recreation infrastructure, and community economic growth opportunities. Jake’s research and extension efforts focus on analyzing and improving how the design of communities, sites, infrastructure, and natural areas affect the quality of the environment and the human experience from the site to the watershed scale. Jake serves on the core team of the Gateway and Natural Amenity Region (GNAR) Initiative and helps to coordinate the efforts of the Western Night Skies Council.