Humans collectively have set in motion global changes that will reverberate for millennia. We now live in a world being dramatically altered by human activity. My current work, exemplified by the Future Earth Initiative, focuses on the development of exhibits and public outreach that enable large audiences to explore the innovations and solutions needed to meet human needs while reducing pressures on Earth’s life support systems. Other environmental projects I have produced in recent years include Water: H2O = Life, an international traveling exhibit produced in partnership with the American Museum of Natural History; the Big Back Yard, the museum's environmental outdoor science park; and Science House, a solar-powered, zero-emissions building that serves as the headquarters for the museum's Teacher Resource Center. In addition to my museum work, I am a principal investigator with the National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics and a fellow of the University of Minnesota's Institute of the Environment. Away from the museum, my wife and I like to kayak and grow organic plums in the front yard of our St. Paul home. These succulent, ruby-colored gems have won us four blue ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair!