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Creating a Sustainable World: Voices of Key Practitioners

The Spring 2016 Sustainability Expert Practitioner Lecture Series

Every Spring, the Masters in Sustainability Studies (MASS) produces a lecture series to showcase a diverse array of sustainability practitioners who demonstrate that sustainability can be achieved and show how to do it. Programs are open to the entire college community and to the general public. Please join us.

Unless noted, programs are from 6-7:30 p.m. in Friends Hall, Ramapo College of N.J.

 

January 27
HEALING HOSPITALS: ADVANCING SUSTAINABILITY IN HEALTH CARE

[Presentation is available here]

Kyle Tafuri, sustainability coordinator, Hackensack University Medical Center

MASS graduate Kyle Tafuri is a pioneer in a new, fast emerging field that seeks to do medicine sustainably.

 

February 10
AMPLEHARVEST.ORG: MAKING FOOD WASTE INTO PLENTY

[Presentation is available here.]

Gary Oppenheimer

Gary Oppenheimer is the founder of the non-profit organization AmpleHarvest.org which uses information and technology to channel excess produce and fruit from gardens to food pantries nationwide. Not only is waste avoided and hungry families fed, but communities learn how to work together to take responsibility for the ethical challenges they face.

 

March 2

EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO AN EMERGENCY AT SUNY SULLIVAN

HOW I CREATED THE GREENEST CAMPUS IN SUNY

Tracy Hall, Director of Facilities, SUNY Sullivan

The right administrator in the right place makes all the difference. Hall describes how he enacted a pioneering vision of a sustainable campus with amazing success, overcoming obstacles, to create the greenest campus in the SUNY system.

Note: This program is located in the Alumni Lounges

 

March 9
MURRAY BOOKCHIN’S SOCIAL ECOLOGY AS A PATHWAY TO SUSTAINABLE CHANGE

Janet Biehl, Author and editor

Janet Biehl, Author of Ecology or Catastrophe, the Life of Murray Bookchin, will discuss Murray Bookchin’s important contribution as the founder of Social Ecology and as a social theorist concerned with what kinds of social transformations are necessary to achieve what we call sustainability. Murray taught at Ramapo during its formative years.

 

March 23
WHY KICK-ASS COMPANIES EMBRACE THE NEW SUSTAINABILITY IMPERATIVE

[Presentation available here.]

Bob Willard, Author and Speaker, Sustainability Advantage

Willard left IBM’s Senior Management to become a fulltime advocate for “the Sustainability Advantage.” His books include The Next Sustainability Wave, The New Sustainability Advantage and The Sustainability Champions. He has also designed a business benchmark system called Future-Fit.

 

April 6
RESCHEDULED EVENT

HOW I CREATED THE GREENEST CAMPUS IN SUNY

Tracy Hall, Director of Facilities, SUNY Sullivan

The right administrator in the right place makes all the difference. Hall describes how he enacted a pioneering vision of a sustainable campus with amazing success, overcoming obstacles, to create the greenest campus in the SUNY system.

 

April 20
WOMEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF CLIMATE PROTECTION

Tracy Mann, Project Director, Climate Wise Women

Women across the globe have stepped to the front in the battle for a future free of the ravages of climate change.
Tracy Mann is a key leader in this effort. Tracy is the head of Climate Wise Women, a group of global community leaders
dedicated to creating a public platform to support women’s leadership on climate change. The approach of the
organization is to unite inspiring climate leaders from across the globe to promote the stories of how their home
communities are being impacted by climate change. The result has been powerful and personal narratives from the front
lines of climate impact.

 

APRIL 23
THE POST-PARIS CLIMATE AGENDA

with leading climate activists and organizations

The finale of this semester’s Expert Practitioner Series is a Saturday conference bringing together local and global
activists to discuss how the Paris Climate Agreement can be implemented, moving from promise to concrete action. The
event is designed to guide and energize the region to take an active role on this meta-sustainability issue.

 

The series is open to the campus and to the public. Off campus attendees need to get a parking permit at the Security booth at the north entrance (Magnolia Avenue) to campus upon arrival.

For more information, please contact Dr. Michael R. Edelstein, medelste@ramapo.edu.