Island Press Events


The Monsanto Papers: A Conversation about Cancer and Accountability

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 1:00pm EDT

Lee Johnson was just an average middle-aged husband and father until a terminal cancer diagnosis after a large exposure to the weed killer Roundup thrust him into a global debate over the safety of Monsanto’s popular product. Lee became the first person to take Monsanto to court and prove that Monsanto’s 40-year-old Roundup products cause a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

In this webinar, journalist and The Monsanto Papers author Carey Gillam will discuss the many unexpected twists and turns that went on behind the scenes of the historic case that helped force Monsanto owner Bayer AG into an $11 billion settlement. Lee Johnson will speak about his battle both to fight cancer and the giant chemical company. Attorney Michael Miller will discuss how the case was fought, and eventually won. Mackenzie Feldman will moderate our discussion and talk about how her organization, Herbicide-Free Campus, works to eliminate herbicides from college campuses across the U.S.

This webinar is co-hosted by Island Press and Herbicide-Free Campus.

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Virtual Author Event with Scott Butterfield - Rewilding Agricultural Landscapes

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 7:00pm PDT

VIRTUAL AUTHOR EVENT // Scott Butterfield - Rewilding Agricultural Landscapes

Join us for virtual author hour with editor Scott Butterfield on Thursday, April 29th at 7:00PM PT to discuss his forthcoming book Rewilding Agricultural Landscapes: A California Study in Rebalancing the Needs of People and Nature. This book is not your average collection of academic articles, the lessons in Rewilding Agricultural Landscapes will be useful to conservation leaders, policymakers, groundwater agencies, water mangers, and individuals interested in agriculture and conservation.

This is a free event. If you are able, a donation of $5 is suggested to help us cover costs. Donate here

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Addressing the Climate Crisis with Green Housing for All

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 1:00pm EDT

US cities are faced with compounding climate and housing crises. How can communities meet their housing needs while mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change?

By creating green housing affordable for all, cities will contribute to the health and well-being of residents, their communities, and the planet. Considering both systemic questions and action-oriented strategies, the speakers will discuss green building processes and principles that can be incorporated into housing design, construction, rehabilitation, and operation. 

Dana Bourland, author of Gray to Green Communities: A Call to Action on the Housing and Climate Crises and Kimberly Vermeer, co-author with Walker Wells of Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, will illustrate that delivering on the human right to housing and combatting the climate crisis go hand-in-hand. Each will discuss the intersection between equity, housing, and sustainability. After the authors present key ideas from their books, the moderator, Dawn Phillips, will lead a discussion between the authors and the audience.

•    Dana Bourland, Vice President for the Environment at the JPB Foundation
•    Kim Vermeer, LEED AP Homes, President of Urban Habitat Initiatives Inc.

Moderated by Dawn Phillips (He/Him) – Executive Director of Right To The City Alliance