Wells College has offered our community many sustainability-related learning opportunities.
April 19 - 23, 2021
Earth Week 2021 (events organized by Wells Campus Greens)
April 19, 2021
Sustainability Perspectives series: Permaculture: Systems Thinking and Scalable Holistic Design
Presenter: Mandy Merklein '82, ecologist, activist, educator, co-founder of Permacultura Mediterranea bio
Presentation video passcode: aSB5X!FM
March 30, 2021
Sustainable Business series: The Business Case for Sustainability? It's the Wrong Question.
Presenter: Martin Wolf, director of Sustainability & Authenticity, Seventh Generation Inc. bio
Presentation video passcode: G8@P%adb
March 29, 2021
Sustainability Perspectives series: Changing the Way America Eats: The Challenges and Potential of Plant Forward Dining
Presenter: Taylor Reid, assistant professor, Applied Food Studies, Culinary Institute of America bio
Presentation video passcode: ctPtP&44
March 15, 2021
Sustainability Perspectives series: Sustainability and Waste: Moving Beyond Diversion and Recycling
Presenter: Abbie Webb, director of Sustainability, Casella Waste Systems Inc. bio
Presenter video passcode: Q%3MLy2L
March 1, 2021
Sustainability Perspectives series: Climate Change Vulnerabilities in the Finger Lakes: What We Can Do About It
Presenter: David Wolfe, professor, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University bio
Presentation video passcode: 8B99AD&6
Sustainability Perspectives series: Three Birds, One Stone: Ending One Small City's Food Insecurity, Social Isolation and Economic Stagnation
Presenter: Tanzania Roach '99, International consultant, educator, certified Permaculture Teacher Trainer, certified Permaculture Designer bio
We regret that no recording for this event is available due to system errors.
Sustainability Perspectives series: Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet: Pre- and Post-COVID-19
Presenter: Megan Epler Wood, managing director, Sustainable Tourism Asset Management Program (STAMP), Cornell University bio
Presentation video passcode: B5T+5=i3
Sustainability Perspectives series: What Does Toxic-Free Look Like? The example of PFAS in Food Packaging
Presenter: Bobbi Wilding, co-founder and deputy director, Clean and Healthy New York bio
Presentation video passcode: V3#8yk5?
Sustainability Film series: 2 Degrees - The Point of No Return
Sustainability Film series: Blue
Sustainability Perspectives series: The effects of fire management on ecosystem services and geochemical cycling in traditional Maya swidden agroecosystems
Presenter: Tomasz Falkowski, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University
Sustainable Business series: Can Harnessing the Power of the Ocean Change the World?
Presenter: Terence J. Cryan, Chairman of the Board, Ocean Power Technologies
Sustainability Perspectives series: Getting Where We Need to Be: The Imperative of Sustainable Transportation
Presenter: Fernando deAragon, executive director, Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council
Sustainability Film series: A Fierce Green Fire
Sustainability Perspectives series: Purpose-Led Careers: Fact or Fiction?
Presenter: Monica Touesnard, associate director, Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Cornell University
Sustainability Speaker series: Drawdown Rising: Solutions, Leadership, and a Path Forward for the Climate Crisis
Katherine Wilkinson, VP for Communications and Engagement, Project Drawdown
Sustainability Perspectives series: Our Changing Menu: What Climate Change Means to the Foods we Love and Need
Presenter: Mike Hoffman, executive director, Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions
Sustainable Business series: Financing the Clean Energy Transition and the Role of State and Local Green Banks
Curtis Probst, Co-CEO, NYCEEC
Sustainability Perspectives series: Protecting and Promoting Water Resources of the Finger Lakes
Presenter: Lisa Cleckner, director, Finger Lakes Institute
Sustainability Film series: Once Was Water
Sustainability senior capstone presentation: The Misconception about Non-Native Species
Presenter: Curtis Davis '19, double major in Biology and Sustainability
Sustainability Film series: A Quest for Meaning
Sustainability Perspectives series: The Promise of Silvopasture
Presenter: Steve Gabriel, farmer, extension specialist for Cornell Small Farms Program, and author of "Silvopasture: A Guide to Managing Grazing Animals, Forage Crops, and Trees in a Temperate Farm Ecosystem"
Sustainable Business series: Sustainable Wine Making in the Finger Lakes - Challenges and Opportunities
Presenter: Peter FitzRandolph, wine industry consultant, Finger Lakes Sustainable Strategies
Sustainability Perspectives series: Alive or Undead? Wild Food Foraging and the Fear of a Zombie Apocalypse
Presenter: Taylor Reid, assistant professor of Applied Food Studies, Culinary Institute of America
Sustainability Perspectives series: “God’s in his heaven— All’s right with the world”: The power of story in communicating climate change
Presenter: Fae Dremock, assistant professor, Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Ithaca College
Sustainable Business series: Integrating Sustainability into Small/Medium-sized Businesses in NYS
Presenters: Hormoz Movassaghi, professor of Finance and International Business and Narges Kasiri, associate professor of Management, Ithaca College School of Business
Sustainable Business series: What Businesses Can Do to Reduce their Climate Change Impacts
Presenter: Mark Buckley, Founder and CEO, One Boat Collaborative; former VP for Environmental Affairs, Staples Inc.
Sustainability Perspectives series: Fashion Sustainability Optimism: On Pace for a Healthier Fashion Industry
Presenter: Laura Taylor, instructor of Fashion Business Merchandising, Genesee Community College
Sustainability Perspectives series: The State of Environmental Policy and Sustainable Land Use Policy in NY
Presenter: Rachel Partington '13, J.D., attorney, Knauf Shaw LLP
Sustainability Perspectives series: Change is in the Air: Global Climate Change from a NY Perspective
Presenter: Art DeGaetano, director, NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center
Sustainability Perspectives series: Sustainable Architecture - exploring and unraveling elements of healthy, livable and resilient buildings and communities
Presenter: Dennis Andrejko, head, Department of Architecture, Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology
Sustainability Perspectives series: Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth for a Sustainable Cayuga
Presenter: J. Justin Woods, county administrator, Cayuga County
Sustainability Perspectives series: Changing How Schools Feed Kids: Healthy & Sustainable!
Presenter: Amie Hamlin, executive director, NY Coalition for Healthy School Food
Sustainability Perspectives series: Introducing WELL: Putting the Human First
Presenter: Courtney Royal, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C, senior sustainability consultant, TAITEM Engineering
Sustainable Business series: From Ecological Overshoot to Future-Proof Businesses
Presenter: Jussi Nikula, Environmental Footprint Programme lead, World Wildlife Fund-FInland
* Mr. Nikula's appearance at Wells College was made possible through the Fulbright Scholar Program's Outreach Lecturing Fund.
Sustainability Film series: How to Let Go of the World and Love the Things Climate Can't Change
Sustainability Perspectives series: Thinking Historically, Acting Locally: The Power of Local Environmental History
Presenter: Michael Smith, associate professor, Department of History, Ithaca College
Sustainable Business series: The Future is Grown
Presenter: Gavin McIntyre, co-founder and chief scientist, Ecovative Design September 24
Sustainability Perspectives series: What is an Energy Smart Community?
Presenter: Charleen Heidt, community outreach coordinator, Energy Smart Community program, New York State Electric and Gas
Sustainability Perspectives series: Resource and Waste Implications of the Consumer Electronic Product Ecosystem
Presenter: Callie Babbitt, associate professor of sustainability, Golisano Institute of Technology, RIT
Sustainability Film: The Secret of the Oceans - Climate Control
Sustainability Perspectives series: Long-term Changes in Mountain Ecosystems - Human-landscape Interactions
Presenter: Jana Müllerová, Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
* Dr. Müllerová's appearance at Wells College was made possible through the Fulbright Scholar Program's Outreach Lecturing Fund.
Sustainability Film series: FLOW - For the Love of Water
Earth Week programming
Sustainability Perspectives series: The Future of Reproductive Rights in an Era with CRISPR
Presenter: Jonathan Mills '18, senior Sustainability major capstone presentation, Wells College
Sustainability Perspectives series: Sustainability and Our Food
Presenter: Meg Lowe, sustainability coordinator, Syracuse University; Zainab Pixler and Andrew Greenwald, students, Syracuse University
Sustainability Perspectives series: Roots and Fruits: The Foundations and Evolution of a Sustainable School
Presenter: Barb Post '78 and Alyssa Binns Gunderson, Peachtown Elementary School
Visiting Writers series: Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology
Presenters: Melissa Tuckey, poet and editor of Ghost Fishing, and Mukoma Wa Nugugi, assistant professor of English, Cornell University
This event co-sponsored by the Center for Sustainability and the Environment
Sustainability Perspectives series: Sustainability in NYS Parks
Presenters: Michael Wise, director of Energy and Sustainability, NYS Parks and Fred Bonn, director, Finger Lakes Parks
March 26 (this talk was canceled - has been rescheduled for Fall 2018)
Sustainability Perspectives series: Opening More Sustainable Doors (and Windows)
Presenter: Deb Callahan '85, CEO, National Fenestration Ratings Council
March 2 (this talk was canceled - has been rescheduled for Fall 2018)
Sustainability Perspectives series: Municipal Sustainability in Ithaca NY
Presenter: Nick Goldsmith, sustainability coordinator, City of ithaca and Town of Ithaca
Sustainability Perspectives series: Making an Impact with Sustainable Supply Chains
Presenter: Patricia Donohue, sustainable supply chain program manager, NYS Pollution Prevention Institute
Sustainability Film series: Bag It! Is Your Life Too Plastic?
Sustainability Perspectives series: Climate Change, Careers in Green Buildings, and What More You Can Do
Presenter: Ian Shapiro, Taitem Engineering
Sustainability Perspectives series: Sustaining Culture to Sustain the Community: The Case of Easter Island
Presenters: Carl Lipo and Pam Mischen, SUNY Binghamton
Sustainability Perspectives series: Hope for the Climate (even with a partisan Congress)
Presenter: Nancy Jacobson, Citizens Climate Lobby
Sustainability Perspectives series: Building Foundations of Sustainability in Kindergarten
Presenter: Heather Frost '09, outdoor education teacher, Ithaca Montessori School
Sustainability Film series: Death By Design
Sustainability Perspectives series: A Living Experiment: What We Can Learn from EcoVillage Ithaca
Presenter: Liz Walker, co-founder and executive director, EcoVillage Ithaca; director, Learn@EcoVillage; author
Sustainable Business series: The Great Pivot: Freeing Up Humans to do Meaningful Work
Presenter: Dan Smolen, managing director, The Green Suits LLC
Sustainability Perspectives series: Conserving the Lands and Waters of the Finger Lakes
Presenter: Andrew Zepp, executive director, Finger Lakes Land Trust
October 16, 2017
Sustainability Perspectives series: A Virginia Master Gardener's Perspective: A Model for Public Education on Environmentally Sound Horticulture Practices
Presenter: Nancy Tillinghast '69, Virginia Master Gardener
Maker Day - an opportunity to come make things. We provide the materials; you supply the creativity.
Sustainability Perspectives series: Sustainability in Practice: The DEC's Approach to Managing New York State's Waters
Presenter: Anthony Prestigiacomo, research scientist, Finger Lakes Water Hub
Sustainability Perspectives series: Gardening in a Changing Climate|
Presenter: Donna Levy, environmental education outreach coordinator, Cornell Botanic Gardens
Sustainable Business series: Extended Producer Responsibility: The Next Frontier in Solid Waste Management
Presenter: Andrew Radin, chair, NY Product Stewardship Council; director, Recycling and Waste Reduction, Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency
Sustainability Perspectives series: Revitalizing the Environment in Afghanistan
Presenter: Mariam Raqib '97, founder and director, Afghanistan Samsortya
Sustainability Perspectives series: Can Psychology Help Promote Homeowner Energy Conservation? Results from a town-gown collaborative experiment
Co-presenters: Kathryn Caldwell, assistant professor of Psychology, Ithaca College and Elisabeth Harrod, general manager, Snug Planet
Sustainability Perspectives series: Teaching critical thinking and media literacy through sustainability education|
Presenter: Chris Sperry, director of curriculum and staff development, Project LookSharp
Sustainability Film series: The Age of Consequences
Sustainability Perspectives series: The League of Women Voters and Effective Citizenship: Informed Work on Legislation, Lobbying and Educating the Public
Presenter: Kay Wagner, chair, Natural Resources Committee, League of Women Voters of Tompkins County
April 17 - 22 Earth Week 2017
Sustainable Business series: Fit, Fits, Foils and Fortune? Freestyling with Venture Capital around the Triple Bottom Line
Presenter: Pat Govang, Technology Licensing Officer, Cornell University; founder, E2E Materials
Community Solar presentation|
Presenter: Sarah Kelsen from Renovus Solar
Sustainability Perspectives series: From Barn to Home: One Woman's Building Adventures
Presenter: Deborah Jones, artist and adaptive reuser
FNIS Speaker series: "Stopping Violence Against Native Women" (Skype conference)
Presenter: Winona LaDuke, rural development economist and author working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems.
The Center for Sustainability was a co-sponsor for this First Nations and Indigenous Studies (FNIS) event.
Sustainability Perspectives series: Invasive Species: A Challenge to the Environment, Economy and Society
Presenter: Hilary Mosher, coordinator, Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM)
FNIS Speaker series: Healing for Peace
Presenter: Freida Jacques, Turtle Clan Mother, Onondaga Nation
The Center for Sustainability was a co-sponsor for this First Nations and Indigenous Studies (FNIS) event.
Sustainability Perspectives series: Demystifying Socially Responsible and Impact Investing
Presenter: Greg Pitts, financial advisor, Natural Investments, LLC
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: the basics and an update on the current NYS infestation
Presenter: Stefan Lutter, Environmental Resource educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County
Sustainability Perspectives series: Redemption! The recovery of America's Most Polluted Natural Lake
Presenter: Tom Vawter, associate scientist, EcoLogic LLC, and emeritus faculty, Wells College
Sustainability Perspectives series: Thinking Spatially
Presenter: Nick Hollingshead, geospatial analyst, Cornell University
FNIS Speaker series: Why I Went to Standing Rock: Reflections from An Air Force Veteran and Climate Warrior
Presenter: Air Force Senior Master Sgr. Colleen Boland, retired
The Center for Sustainability and the Environment was a co-sponsor of this First Nations and Indigenous Studies (FNIS) event.
Sustainability Perspectives series: Organics and Food Waste: Successfully Turning a Waste Problem into a Resource Opportunity
Presenter: Greg Gelewski, recycling operations manager, Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency
Sustainability Perspectives series: Reflections on the Paris Agreement: What's Next
Presenter: Allison Chatrchyan, director, Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions
Sustainability Perspectives series: The Language of Waste, Consumption, & Sustainability
Presenter: Deb Gagnon, professor, Psychology, Wells College
Sustainability Perspectives series: Auburn Permaculture Park: A source for Community Transformation
Presenters: Peter Cramer and Laura Kennedy, co-founders, Auburn Permaculture Park
Sustainability Film series: Just Eat It
Sustainability Film series: The True Cost
Sustainability Perspectives series: Oxygen and Early Animals: Modern Implications of Ancient Geologic Records
Presenter: Shuhai Xiao, professor, Geobiology, Virginia Tech (Phi Beta Kappa speaker)
Sustainability Perspectives series: Sustenance and Sustainability - A Personal Reflection on Food, Wellness and Sustainability
Presenter: Laticia McNaughton, SUNY Buffalo (Wells In-Residence scholar)
Home Storage of Fruits and Vegetables
Presenter: Monika Roth, agriculture educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
Sustainability Perspectives series: The Importance of Getting outdoors: and why it's not always so easy
Presenter: Rachel Danford, outdoor educator, The Discovery Museums
Sustainability Perspectives series: Cayuga Lake is not Forever - We Must Protect it Better
Presenter: Hilary Lambert, Lake Steward, Cayuga Lake Watershed Network
Natural Dye Workshop
Presenter: Sarah Gotowka, visual artist
Sustainable Business series: Sustainable Sweets (improving the candy industry one truffle at a time)
Presenter: Darlynne Overbaugh '01, owner and head confectioner, Life's So Sweet Chocolates
Sustainability Perspectives series: Harnessing the Power of the Earth and Sun: geothermal systems and battery storage
Presenter: Jesse Cook, president, Geotherm Inc.
Peachtown Native American Festival presentation: "Mni Wiconi" - Water is Life
Presenter: Cody Two Bears, member, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council
Sustainability Perspectives series: Breaking Down Compost – the ins and outs of soiling our earth
Presenter: Kurt Pipa, Master Composter
Sustainability Perspectives series: Management and Citizen Science at New York State Parks
Presenters: Tom Hughes and Josh Teeter, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Sustainability Perspectives series: Terra Preta de Indio – pre-historic curio or future landuse model?
Presenter: Dr. Johannes Lehmann, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Cornell University
Sustainability Perspectives series: The Feasibility of Aquaponic Food Production in New York
Presenter: Paula Turkon, Environmental Studies and Sciences, Ithaca College
Sustainability Perspectives series: Local Bugs, Local Jobs
Presenter: Carol Glenister, IPM Laboratories, Inc.
Sustainability Perspectives series: "An All-of-the-Above Renewable Energy Future"
Art Weaver, co-founder and president, Weaver Wind Energy Inc.
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Sustainability Ethics"
Ron Meyers, Ron Meyers & Associates, Inc.
Sustainability Perspectives series: "What's in Cayuga Lake? A look into the pharmaceutical and consumer products in the Cayuga Lake watershed"
Susan Allen-Gil, professor, Environmental Studies and Sciences, Ithaca College
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Debrief from the 2015 AASHE Conference"
Stephen Armstrong '16 and Holli Erkson '16, students, Wells College
Sustainable Business series: "Role of Business in Designing a Sustainable Economy"
Laura Ornstein, coordinator, New York State Sustainable Business Council
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Gendered and Racialized Spaces: Understanding the Experiences of women in the New York City Community Garden Environment"
Richaela Primus '12, Master's candidate, SUNY-School of Environmental Science and Forestry
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Recycling of Used Agricultural Plastics in New York"
Nate Leonard, NYS Field Coordinator, NYRAPP
Deer and Deer Management in New York State - Session 2
Wells College hosted this community webinar offered by NYS DEC, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Cornell Human Dimensions Research Unit
Deer Management in New York State - Session 1
Wells College hosted this community webinar offered by NYS DEC, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Cornell Human Dimensions Research Unit
Sustainability Perspectives series: “Sustainable Burial? Way to Go!”
Jennifer L. Johnson, Co-director and Burial Coordinator, Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Learning How to Mourn Environmental Losses"
Nancy Menning, assistant professor, philosophy and religion, Ithaca College
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Invasive Threats to Water Quality"
Bruce Natale, P.E., Environmental Engineer, Cayuga County Planning and Economic Development
Sustainability Perspectives series: “Farming the Woods: An Integrated Permaculture Approach to Growing Food and Medicinals in Temperate Forests”
Steve Gabriel, co-founder, Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute and agroforestry specialist, Cornell Small Farms Program
October 26 (this talk was canceled due to speaker conflict; not rescheduled)
Sustainability Perspectives series: “You, Your Brain and the World All Around”
David Mumm, founder, Aurora Institute for Accelerating Human Development
Sustainability Speaker series: "Turning the Tide - How Young Leaders are Winning a Just and Livable Future"
Dominic Frongillo, Elected Officials to Protect New York
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Informed Consumer and Active Citizen - Essential Paths to Toxics Protections"
Rebecca Ruggles, director, Maryland Environmental Health Network
Sustainability Film: Cowspiracy
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Does a River Still Run Through It? Water and Culture Along the Upper Missouri"
Ernie Olson, professor, anthropology and religion, Wells College
Sustainability Perspectives series: “Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture”
Peter Wright, State Conservation Engineer, Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Department of Agriculture
Sustainable Business series: "Sustainability at Wegmans"
Jason Wadsworth, Sustainability Manager, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Restoration and Reciprocity: Finding Common Ground between Scientific and Traditional Ecological Knowledge"
Robin Wall Kimmerer, director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
* this talk was presented in conjunction with the Peachtown Native American Festival
Sustainability Perspectives series: “A Return to Meaningful Work as a Strategy for Achieving Sustainability”
Kent Klitgaard, professor, economics, Wells College
Sustainability Speaker series: "The Whole Fracking Enchilada"
Sandra Steingraber, author of "Living Downstream"
Sustainable Business series: “Staples’ Sustainability Story… the Continuous Journey”
Mark Buckley, VP for Environmental Affairs, Staples Inc.
Entrepreneurship Week Keynote Speaker: "Do Cool Sh*t"
Miki Agrawal, serial social entrepreneur
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Knowledge, Perceptions, and Behaviors towards Sustainability: A Comparative Analysis"
Srijana Bajracharya, professor and chair, Health Promotion and Physical Education, Ithaca College
Sustainability Film series: "Comfort Zone" with filmaker talk-back
Sustainability Perspectives series: "From Lab to Regulation: How Should Science Inform Policy?"
Jay Goodman, associate counsel, Couch White LLP
Seed Saving Workshop
Chrys Gardener, Commercial/Community Horticulture Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Learning from Hach Winik: Tales of Naturalized Knowledge and Scientific Research"
Tomasz Falkowski , PhD candidate, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Organic Gardening: Why it Matters and How to Do It"
Rosaly Swann Bass '58, author of "Organic!"
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Lighten Your Study Abroad Footprint"
Astrid Jirka, director, Cornell University Language House and founder, Green Passport
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Permaculture: Designing with Systems"
Karryn Olson-Ramanujan, SEEDS (Strategy, Education, & Ecological Design for Sustainability) Consulting and Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Sustain This! Making Math Matter"
Tom Pfaff, associate professor of mathematics, Ithaca College
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Reimaging Water"
Mara Alper, associate professor of media arts, sciences and studies, Ithaca College
Sustainability Film: "Disruption, Climate Change"
Sustainability Perspectives series: "The Iroquois White Corn Project"
Kevin White, assistant professor, Native American & American Studies, SUNY Oswego
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Linking Architecture and Education: Sustainable Design for Learning"
Anne P. Taylor '55, Ph.D., president, School Zone Institute