Center for Sustainability: Sustainability Events Archive

Wells College has offered our community many sustainability-related learning opportunities. 

2018

November 12
Sustainability Perspectives series: Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth for a Sustainable Cayuga
Presenter: J. Justin Woods, county administrator, Cayuga County
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November 5
Sustainability Perspectives series: Changing How Schools Feed Kids: Healthy & Sustainable!
Presenter: Amie Hamlin, executive director, NY Coalition for Healthy School Food
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October 29
Sustainability Perspectives series: Introducing WELL: Putting the Human First
Presenter: Courtney Royal, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C, senior sustainability consultant, TAITEM Engineering
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October 25
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. 

October 24
Sustainability Film series: How to Let Go of the World and Love the Things Climate Can't Change

October 22
Sustainability Perspectives series: Opening More Sustainable Doors (and Windows)
Presenter: Deb Callahan '85, CEO, National Fenestration Rating Council
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October 15
Sustainability Perspectives series: Climate Change Attitudes and Social Networks
Presenter: Scott Erickson, professor of Marketing, Ithaca College
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 October 1
Sustainability Perspectives series: Thinking Historically, Acting Locally: The Power of Local Environmental History
Presenter: Michael Smith, associate professor, Department of History, Ithaca College
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September 26
Sustainable Business series: The Future is Grown
Presenter: Gavin McIntyre, co-founder and chief scientist, Ecovative Design September 24
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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
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September 17
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
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September 12
Sustainability Film: The Secret of the Oceans - Climate Control

September 10
Sustainability Perspectives series: Municipal Sustainability in Ithaca NY
Presenter: Nick Goldsmith, sustainability coordinator, City of Ithaca and Town of Ithaca 
Presentation

April 30
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. 

April 25
Sustainability Film series: FLOW - For the Love of Water 

April 22-28
Earth Week programming

April 23
Sustainability Perspectives series: The Future of Reproductive Rights in an Era with CRISPR
Presenter: Jonathan Mills '18, senior Sustainability major capstone presentation, Wells College
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April 16
Sustainability Perspectives series: Sustainability and Our Food
Presenter: Meg Lowe, sustainability coordinator, Syracuse University; Zainab Pixler and Andrew Greenwald, students, Syracuse University
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April 9
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
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April 9
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

 April 2
Sustainability Perspectives series: Sustainability in NYS Parks
Presenters: Michael Wise, director of Energy and Sustainability, NYS Parks and Fred Bonn, director, Finger Lakes Parks
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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

February 26
Sustainability Perspectives series: Making an Impact with Sustainable Supply Chains
Presenter: Patricia Donohue, sustainable supply chain program manager, NYS Pollution Prevention Institute
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February 21
Sustainability Film series: Bag It! Is Your Life Too Plastic?

February 19
Sustainability Perspectives series: Climate Change, Careers in Green Buildings, and What More You Can Do
Presenter: Ian Shapiro, Taitem Engineering

February 12
Sustainability Perspectives series: Preservation - How History Sustains Us|
Presenter: Andrew Roblee' 11, Cultural Resources Associate, Environmental Design and Research
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February 6
Sustainable Business series: The Transformative Power of ReUse
Presenter: Diane Cohen, executive director, Finger Lakes ReUse
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February 5
Sustainability Perspectives series: Sustaining Culture to Sustain the Community: The Case of Easter Island
Presenters: Carl Lipo and Pam Mischen, SUNY Binghamton

2017

November 13
Sustainability Perspectives series: Hope for the Climate (even with a partisan Congress)
Presenter: Nancy Jacobson, Citizens Climate Lobby
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November 6
Sustainability Perspectives series: Building Foundations of Sustainability in Kindergarten
Presenter: Heather Frost '09, outdoor education teacher, Ithaca Montessori School

November 1
Sustainability Film series:  Death By Design

October 30
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
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October 23
Sustainable Business series: The Great Pivot: Freeing Up Humans to do Meaningful Work
Presenter: Dan Smolen, managing director, The Green Suits LLC
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October 23
Sustainability Perspectives series: Conserving the Lands and Waters of the Finger Lakes
Presenter: Andrew Zepp, executive director, Finger Lakes Land Trust
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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
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October 4
Maker Day - an opportunity to come make things. We provide the materials; you supply the creativity.

October 2
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
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September 25
Sustainability Perspectives series: Gardening in a Changing Climate|
Presenter: Donna Levy, environmental education outreach coordinator, Cornell Botanic Gardens

September 19
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
Presentation

September 18
Sustainability Perspectives series: Revitalizing the Environment in Afghanistan
Presenter: Mariam Raqib '97, founder and director, Afghanistan Samsortya

September 11
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
Presentation

April 24
Sustainability Perspectives series: Teaching critical thinking and media literacy through sustainability education|
Presenter: Chris Sperry, director of curriculum and staff development, Project LookSharp

April 20
Sustainability Film series: The Age of Consequences

April 17
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 

April 12
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
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April 5
Community Solar presentation|
Presenter: Sarah Kelsen from Renovus Solar

 April 3
Sustainability Perspectives series: From Barn to Home: One Woman's Building Adventures
Presenter: Deborah Jones, artist and adaptive reuser
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March 29
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.

March 27
Sustainability Perspectives series: Invasive Species: A Challenge to the Environment, Economy and Society
Presenter: Hilary Mosher, coordinator, Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM)
Presentation

March 7
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.

March 6
Sustainability Perspectives series: Demystifying Socially Responsible and Impact Investing
Presenter: Greg Pitts, financial advisor, Natural Investments, LLC
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February 27
Sustainability Perspectives series: Resilient Seeds in a Changing Climate
Presenter: Petra Page-Mann, co-founder, Fruition Seeds
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February 23
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
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February 20
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

February 13
Sustainability Perspectives series: Thinking Spatially
Presenter: Nick Hollingshead, geospatial analyst, Cornell University

February 8
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.

February 6
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
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January 30
Sustainability Perspectives series: Reflections on the Paris Agreement: What's Next
Presenter: Allison Chatrchyan, director, Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions

2016

November 14
Sustainability Perspectives series: The Language of Waste, Consumption, & Sustainability
Presenter: Deb Gagnon, professor, Psychology, Wells College

November 7
Sustainability Perspectives series: Auburn Permaculture Park: A source for Community Transformation
Presenters: Peter Cramer and Laura Kennedy, co-founders, Auburn Permaculture Park
Presentation

November 1
Sustainability Film series: Just Eat It

October 26
Hydrilla Update - Cayuga Lake Intermunicipal Organization meeting

October 25
Sustainability Film series: The True Cost

October 24
Sustainability Perspectives series: Oxygen and Early Animals: Modern Implications of Ancient Geologic Records
Presenter: Shuhai Xiao, professor, Geobiology, Virginia Tech (Phi Beta Kappa speaker)

October 17
Sustainability Perspectives series: Sustenance and Sustainability - A Personal Reflection on Food, Wellness and Sustainability
Presenter: Laticia McNaughton, SUNY Buffalo (Wells In-Residence scholar) 

October 6
Home Storage of Fruits and Vegetables
Presenter: Monika Roth, agriculture educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County

October 4
Sustainable Business series: How Money Responds to Climate Risk
Presenter: Vita DeMarchi, managing partner, Synapse Partners LLC
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October 3
Sustainability Perspectives series: The Importance of Getting outdoors: and why it's not always so easy
Presenter: Rachel Danford, outdoor educator, The Discovery Museums
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September 26
Sustainability Perspectives series: Cayuga Lake is not Forever - We Must Protect it Better
Presenter: Hilary Lambert, Lake Steward, Cayuga Lake Watershed Network
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September 24
Natural Dye Workshop
Presenter: Sarah Gotowka, visual artist

September 19
Sustainability Perspectives series: Haudenosaunee Biocultural Restoration
Presenter: Neil Patterson, associate director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, SUNY-ESF
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September 13
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

September 12
Sustainability Perspectives series: Harnessing the Power of the Earth and Sun: geothermal systems and battery storage
Presenter: Jesse Cook, president, Geotherm Inc.
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September 5
Peachtown Native American Festival presentation:  "Mni Wiconi" - Water is Life
Presenter: Cody Two Bears, member, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council

April 25
Sustainability Perspectives series: Breaking Down Compost – the ins and outs of soiling our earth
Presenter: Kurt Pipa, Master Composter

April 18
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

April 11
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

April 4
Sustainability Perspectives series: The Feasibility of Aquaponic Food Production in New York
Presenter: Paula Turkon, Environmental Studies and Sciences, Ithaca College

 March 28
Sustainability Perspectives series: Local Bugs, Local Jobs
Presenter: Carol Glenister, IPM Laboratories, Inc.

March 7
Sustainability Perspectives series: "An All-of-the-Above Renewable Energy Future" 
Art Weaver, co-founder and president, Weaver Wind Energy Inc.

February 29
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Sustainability Ethics"
Ron Meyers, Ron Meyers & Associates, Inc.

February 22
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

February 15
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Debrief from the 2015 AASHE Conference"
Stephen Armstrong '16 and Holli Erkson '16, students, Wells College

February 8
Sustainable Business series: "Role of Business in Designing a Sustainable Economy"
Laura Ornstein, coordinator, New York State Sustainable Business Council
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February 8
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

February 1
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Recycling of Used Agricultural Plastics in New York"
Nate Leonard, NYS Field Coordinator, NYRAPP

January 26
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

January 20
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

2015

November 30
Sustainability Perspectives series: “Sustainable Burial? Way to Go!”
Jennifer L. Johnson, Co-director and Burial Coordinator, Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve

November 16
Sustainability Perspectives series:  "Learning How to Mourn Environmental Losses"
Nancy Menning, assistant professor, philosophy and religion, Ithaca College

November 9
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Invasive Threats to Water Quality"
Bruce Natale, P.E., Environmental Engineer, Cayuga County Planning and Economic Development

November 2
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

October 21
Sustainability Speaker series: "Turning the Tide - How Young Leaders are Winning a Just and Livable Future"
Dominic Frongillo, Elected Officials to Protect New York

October 19
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Informed Consumer and Active Citizen - Essential Paths to Toxics Protections" 
Rebecca Ruggles, director, Maryland Environmental Health Network

October 7
Sustainability Film: Cowspiracy

October 5
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

September 28
Sustainability Perspectives series: 
“Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture”   
Peter Wright, State Conservation Engineer, Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Department of Agriculture

September 23
Sustainable Business series: "Sustainability at Wegmans"
Jason Wadsworth, Sustainability Manager, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

September 21
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

 September 14
Sustainability Perspectives series: “A Return to Meaningful Work as a Strategy for Achieving Sustainability”
Kent Klitgaard, professor, economics, Wells College

April 14
Sustainability Speaker series: "The Whole Fracking Enchilada"
Sandra Steingraber, author of "Living Downstream"

April 9
Sustainable Business series: “Staples’ Sustainability Story… the Continuous Journey”
Mark Buckley, VP for Environmental Affairs, Staples Inc.
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April 6
Sustainable Business series:  “Adventures in Clean Tech Investing”
Terence Cryan, managing director, Concert Energy Partners
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March 30
Entrepreneurship Week Keynote Speaker: "Do Cool Sh*t"
Miki Agrawal, serial social entrepreneur

March 20 
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Knowledge, Perceptions, and Behaviors towards Sustainability: A Comparative Analysis"
Srijana Bajracharya, professor and chair, Health Promotion and Physical Education, Ithaca College
Presentation

March 19
Sustainability Film series: "Comfort Zone" with filmaker talk-back

March 18
Sustainable Business series:  “How to Build a Purpose-Led Marketing Platform”
Jim Armstrong, founder, Good For Business
Presentation

March 6
Sustainability Perspectives series: "From Lab to Regulation: How Should Science Inform Policy?" 
Jay Goodman, associate counsel, Couch White LLP
Presentation

February 24
Seed Saving Workshop
Chrys Gardener, Commercial/Community Horticulture Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County 

February 20
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Sustainability Science"
Jason Hamilton, professor and chair, Environmental Studies and Sciences, Ithaca College
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February 6
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

February 4
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Organic Gardening: Why it Matters and How to Do It"
Rosaly Swann Bass '58, author of "Organic!"

2014

December 3
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Lighten Your Study Abroad Footprint"
Astrid Jirka, director, Cornell University Language House and founder, Green Passport

October 31
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Permaculture: Designing with Systems"
Karryn Olson-Ramanujan, SEEDS (Strategy, Education, & Ecological Design for Sustainability) Consulting and Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute  

October 17
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Sustain This! Making Math Matter"
Tom Pfaff, associate professor of mathematics, Ithaca College

October 2
Sustainability Perspectives series: "Reimaging Water"
Mara Alper, associate professor of media arts, sciences and studies, Ithaca College

September 23
Sustainability Film: "Disruption, Climate Change"

September 17
Sustainability Perspectives series: "The Iroquois White Corn Project"
Kevin White, assistant professor, Native American & American Studies, SUNY Oswego

September 3
Sustainability Perspectives series:  "Linking Architecture and Education: Sustainable Design for Learning"
Anne P. Taylor '55, Ph.D., president, School Zone Institute 
Presentation

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