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Creating a Sustainable World — Voices of Key Practitioners: The Spring 2016 Sustainability Expert Practitioner Lecture Series

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 11, 2016

MAHWAH, N.J. — Each spring, the Masters in Sustainability Studies (MASS) program at Ramapo College sponsors a lecture series to showcase a diverse array of sustainability practitioners who demonstrate how sustainability can be achieved. The lectures are free and open to the college community and the general public. Unless noted, lectures will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Friends Hall. Here is the schedule for Spring 2016:

March 2                      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

The author of Ecology or Catastrophe, the Life of Murray Bookchin, will discuss Bookchin’s important contribution as the founder of social ecology and as a social theorist concerned with the kinds of social transformations that are necessary to achieve sustainability. Murray Bookchin taught at Ramapo during its formative years.

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

 Bob Willard, author and speaker

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 also has designed a business benchmark system called Future-Fit.

April 6                         TRASH IS FOR TOSSERS: ESTABLISHING A CULTURE OF ZERO WASTE

Lauren Singer, online personality   

Generations of experts have attempted to change American’s waste and consumption habits with minimal success. Current thinking about Zero Waste underscores the urgency of exploring new approaches to change social norms. Along comes NYU graduate Lauren Singer with her website Trash is for Tossers (www.trashisfortossers.com) with Lauren’s direct challenge to her peers —today’s youth—to trash trash, itself. Lauren serves as a role model for sustainable behavior while promoting appropriate distain for waste. Has Lauren unlocked a new approach for establishing a society that thinks and acts sustainably? Come find out.

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.

APRIL 23                      THE POST-PARIS CLIMATE AGENDA

With leading climate activists and organizations

This Saturday conference brings 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.

Off campus attendees need to get a parking permit at the security booth at the north entrance to campus upon arrival. For more information, please contact Professor Michael R. Edelstein at medelste@ramapo.edu

 

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About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Niche.com.

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com. Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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