On April 24, Mayor Nancy Chaney facilitated a discussion panel on the University of Idaho campus entitled, “Money, Mores, and Ecological Decision Making”. The event was part of a Green Lunch Speaker Series and was hosted by the University of Idaho Sustainability Center. The Green Lunch Speaker Series is designed to bring students and community members together in an intimate setting to facilitate open discussions on a variety of environmental issues. Previous Green Lunches have focused on local agriculture, sustainability from a Native American perspective, and sustainable recreation opportunities. This event was also part of University of Idaho’s Earth Fest, a series of events and activities centered around Earth Day and coordinated by the Sustainability Center.
Panelists at the April 24 event included Don Crawford, Professor Emeritus of Microbiology and former director of Environmental Science at UI; Traci Craig, Chair of the Department of Psychology and Communication Studies; John Lawrence, Professor of Business and the Coeur d’Alene Mines Executive MBA Faculty Fellow; and Kevin Decker, PhD Candidate and an Integrated Graduate Education Research Traineeship (IGERT) Research Fellow. Panelists discussed the logic and motivation for environmental choices based on economics, ecosystem health, psychology, and social norms. Specific topics included food production and consumption, transportation issues, ecosystem services, and the psychological process that leads to environmental decision-making. Questions were posed to panelists by Mayor Chaney as well as audience members. About 35 students, faculty, and community members were in attendance, including City Council member Tom Lamar and Moscow Recycling Operations Manager Andy Boyd.