The lecture series is a bi-weekly event created to highlight sustainability research, teaching and innovation over a range of topics with the goal of generating conversation on sustainability across disciplines. As part of the Sustainability Lecture Series, we are inviting a diversity of speakers from both the University of Alberta and beyond, to cover a number of topical issues embodied by sustainability and sustainable development. 


Coffee is one of the most valuable commodities in the world. Many people drink it every day, and demand for coffee is increasing every year. At the same time, coffee production is under threat by pests, soil depletion, climate change, farmer poverty and aging farmer populations. A growing number of coffee-drinkers are concerned about the social and environmental impacts of their consumption.

Is coffee production sustainable?

For how long will we be able to affordably and conveniently enjoy a cup every morning?

Our guests will speak to these questions from their firsthand experience.

A coffee tasting provided by local roasters Rogue Wave Coffee and Sorellina will be part of the event.


Madiha Nawaz, Rainforest Alliance

Manager, Environmental Markets Innovation, Washington, DC

David Crosby, Rosso Coffee Roasters

Founder & CEO, Calgary

Joined in the Q&A by Panelists:

David Laville
Founder, Rogue Wave Coffee, Edmonton

Lynsey Hayes
Founder, Sorellina Coffee, Edmonton

The Sustainability Council’s ongoing lecture series explores local and global perspectives on sustainability, equity and climate action. Hear researchers and practitioners from the University of Alberta and beyond in fields ranging from engineering to ecology, public health to poetry, native studies to nanotechnology.

Steering Committee

The Sustainability Council’s Research Steering Committee guides the selection of speakers for this lecture series.

Meet the Committee