Spring 2019 "Sustainability Perspectives" Series Announced

January 17, 2019
This spring, numerous experts will host Monday-afternoon talks on topics including sustainable architecture, environmental policy, veganism and the power of storytelling.

The Center for Sustainability and the Environment at Wells College has announced the schedule for the spring 2019 "Sustainability Perspectives" series. This weekly lecture series, held during the fall and spring semesters when classes are in session, brings local and regional experts to campus to speak on a wide variety of topics related to sustainability and the environment.

All talks in the "Sustainability Perspectives" series take place on Mondays at 12:20 p.m. in the deWitt Lecture Room (Zabriskie Hall room 106) at Wells College, and are free and open to the public.

Monday, Feb. 4, 2019
Dennis Andrejko
"Sustainable Architecture: Exploring and Unraveling Elements of Healthy, Livable and Resilient Buildings and Communities"
Service to society is at the core of the architectural profession. In a multitude of ways, the architectural design process explores methods and suggests solutions to enrich and improve not only buildings, but also regions, communities and neighborhoods. Sustainable architecture provides an opportunity to provide cutting-edge design that is high performing, energy efficient, environmentally sensitive and contextually driven. This presentation by Dennis Andrejko, FAIA, who heads the Department of Architecture at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, will share ideas centered on forward-thinking, sustainably built environments that ultimately enhance the health, well-being, resiliency and vibrancy of those they serve.

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019
Art DeGaetano
"Change Is in the Air: Global Climate Change from a New York Perspective"
Historical climate observations and climate model projections will be used to show how global climate change is affecting New York and the Northeastern United States. Future projections rely heavily on simulations from climate models. To gain an appreciation for the accuracy of these model projections, an introduction to the Earth's climate system and the basic working of a modern climate model will be discussed. Art DeGaetano is director of the Northeast Regional Climate Center in Ithaca.

Monday, Feb. 18, 2019
Rachel Partington '13
"The State of Environmental Policy and Sustainable Land Use Policy in New York"
In her talk, Rachel Partington '13, J.D., who is an attorney with Knauf Shaw LLP, will explain the current state of environmental policy in New York State. She will explore how state policies can serve as a backstop to the rollbacks of environmental protections by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump administration, and how effective land-use policy can shape sustainable community development.

Monday, Feb. 25, 2019
Kate Winnebeck
"Be an Informed Consumer: How the Purchases We Make Affect Health and the Environment"
Kate Winnebeck, senior program manager at the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, will examine the question of how we can make a difference every day in our health and the environment. This talk will provide valuable information about where toxins may be in our everyday lives, what's being done to reduce them, and recommend best practices to make informed decisions about the products we buy.

Monday, March 4, 2019
Laura Taylor
"Fashion Sustainability Optimism: On Pace for a Healthier Fashion Industry"
Varied fashions are required to fill the needs of diverse consumer target markets, resulting in a range of "slow fashion" and "fast fashion" products. The fast/slow fashion spectrum results in unique sustainability barriers and challenges in the fashion industry. In her talk, Laura Taylor, instructor of fashion business merchandising at Genesee Community College, will explore current industry, business, academic and consumer contributions to a sustainable fashion industry that can encourage small changes in our behavior.

Monday, March 25, 2019
Theresa Evans
"Recycling Is Mightier Than the Sword"
The Chinese government recently announced a "National Sword" campaign to cut down on recycling contamination. China is a major player with significant influence in global recycling markets and their "sword" has caused many U.S. municipalities to rethink their recycling programs. Whether this changes what is accepted in curbside recycling, raises costs felt by taxpayers or impacts paper mills and other infrastructure in this country, a lot is happening with recycling right now. In this talk by Theresa Evans, recycling specialist at the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, you will learn about this dynamic and changing industry, current and future recycling trends, and actions you can take at home to help ensure that recycling remains strong in New York State. Bring your toughest trash questions and try to stump the expert!

Monday, April 1, 2019
Fae Dremock
"'God's in His Heaven—All's Right with the World': The Power of Story in Communicating Climate Change"
What's happening to the ecosystem as a result of global climate change is terrifying. Explaining the possibility of human extinction, and making clear the subsequent (and extremely urgent) need to move to sustainable, regenerative lifestyles, is absolutely vital—yet the obstacles of belief, fear of change and the frenzy of fake news are formidable. We will take a look at the power of story as a tool to undermine science—and as a tool to fight back. Fae Dremock is assistant professor of environmental studies and sciences at Ithaca College.

Monday, April 8, 2019
Taylor Reid
"Alive or Undead? Wild Food Foraging and the Fear of a Zombie Apocalypse"
In his talk, Taylor Reid, assistant professor of applied food studies at the Culinary Institute of America, will explore the links between two recent phenomena: the meteoric rise in popularity of the zombie genre and a surging interest in wild food foraging among survivalists, chefs, nature lovers and average Joes. It is argued that both are connected to issues of environmental alienation and fears of ecological collapse. His presentation will also provide an introduction to foraging and an overview of the health and nutrition benefits of many commonly available wild foods.

Monday, April 15, 2019
Demosthenes Maratos
"Veganism Is Environmentalism"
A growing and convincing body of evidence clearly indicates that raising animals for human consumption is the driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the planet. Via an overview of both widely- and lesser-known global reports and studies on the subject, this presentation will demonstrate how adopting a vegan diet and ethical framework is something all of us can do today, and something that can have far-reaching implications for the planet and all life on Earth. Demosthenes Maratos is communications director for the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College.

Monday, April 22, 2019
Steve Gabriel
"The Promise of Silvopasture"
Humans' relationship to animals has a long and storied past, yet modern agriculture has sought to separate forest and field, animal and pasture. The agroforestry practice of "silvopasture" combines trees, animals and forage plants in a symbiotic and dynamic ecosystem. In his talk, Steve Gabriel—farmer, author and extension specialist for the Cornell Small Farms Program—will discuss the potential for this innovative farming practice that ranks among the best for addressing a changing climate.

For more information about the spring 2019 "Sustainability Perspectives" series or the Wells College Center for Sustainability and the Environment, please contact Marion Brown, the center's director, at mbrown@wells.edu or 315.364.3304.

About the Center for Sustainability and the Environment

The Wells College Center for Sustainability and the Environment was established in 2014 as the hub for sustainability education across disciplines and the catalyst for campus sustainability efforts at the College. The center supports faculty interested in incorporating sustainability content into their curriculum, invites outside experts to share their insights with the Wells campus community, and fosters collaborative relationships with a deep network of community organizations, agencies, businesses and other partners in our community. Wells College is one of only a handful of colleges and universities to offer formal educational programs in sustainability, and the College has been recognized year after year by the Princeton Review, the Sierra Club and others for its leadership in this area. Learn more at wells.edu/sustainability.

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