Symposium 2010

This year's symposium was a particularly successful! We changed the formatting of the event from past years to gear the morning towards a K-12 audience and as a result over 500 youths participated in our symposium!

Our keynote speaker, DEP COmmissioner Amey Marella, spoke during lunch about the direction and challenged Connecticut faces as we adress our impact on the environment.

The afternoon program targeted college students and the larger Connecticut community ending with am Town Hall meeting with then Gubernatorial Candidate Ned Lamont and a theatrical presentation in conjunction with our Eco-Fair.

Below are highlights on the day's events. To view the full program, please click here: 2010 Symposium Program

Highlights from the 2010 Morning Sessions:

Rouwenna Lamm, New England Educator for Alliance for Climate Educate (ACE)

Rouwenna Lamm presented a lively, fun, and festive multimedia presentation for middle and high school students
about the scientific skinny on climate change.

ARTFarm's Circus for a Fragile Planet
The show uses the vehicle of circus to educate about global warming and other
compelling environmental issues in a serious but upbeat style. Through a journey
that includes juggling, acrobatics, clowning and other circus skills the audience is
confronted with some of the life and death issues currently facing humanity and each
individual is asked to look at the steps he or she can take right now to make a difference.

Keep it Cool Workshop, Laurel Kohl of Alliance for Climate Education (ACE)
Come learn more about the Alliance for Climate Education's resources and Keep Connecticut
Cool: The Climate Change Challenge. We'll discuss how to choose and implement a successful
project. Students will have a chance to brainstorm project ideas and teachers will gain skills to
help facilitate the students' work.

Walkability, Local Businesses and Sustainability
Dr. Zachary Klass, Central Connecticut State University
Location: Sprague/Carlton, Student Center

The cities of New Britain and Newington in Connecticut provide a surprisingly intense
example of a pedestrian-hostile environment where, in order to get to a grocery
store around a mile away, one must use an automobile, because numerous design
elements in the built environment preclude the use of one’s feet.

12:45-1:45 KEYNOTE LUNCHEON SPEAKER: DEP Commissioner Amey Marrella
Location: Alumni Hall, Student Center

2:00-2:40 Concurrent Session B

Wind Power Prospects for the United States
John Calendrelli, Connecticut Chapter Sierra Club
Location: Carlton/Sprague, Student Center

The prospect and potential for offshore wind farms is enormous. Now is the time to move foward with
clean renewable energy. Offshore wind farms have the wind, space and proximity to the largest
population centers to make a major impact on our transition to a clean, sustainable energy future.

Being the Change: Sustainabilty at the Individual Level
Dr. Jacob Werblow
Location: Philbrick/Camp, Student Center

In practice, sustainability functions differently for each individual, from consistent to sporadic, from
short term to long term, from inexpensive to expensive, and affects our environment, economy,
education, spirituality, culture and more. Form local support systems for further collaboration.
Come share your struggles and sucecsses.

2:45-3:30 Green Planners: Careers for Liberal Arts Majors
Dr. Leah Glaser, Assistant Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University
Dr. Evelyn Newman-Phillips, Professor of Anthropology, Central Connecticut State University
Dr. Patricia Houser, Assistant Professor of Geography, Central Connecticut State University
Location: Philbrick/Camp, Student Center

This panel will discuss job opportunities in respective fields that deal with or address sustainability
issues. Leah Glaser will talk about community development positions as well as historic
preservation as an alternative to irresponsible development. Patricia Houser will describe how
citizens and town officials alike are all taking an increasing role in "environmental planning" in our
local communities. Evelyn Phillips will address applications for applied anthropological skills in the
urban environment and beyond.

3:45-4:30 Concurrent Session C

Traditional Economy vs. A Whole Earth Economy
Dr. Bill Upholt, Professor of Reconstructive Sciences, UCONN Health Center & Treasurer of the
Connecticut Partnership for Sustainability Education
Dan Olson, Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch
Madelyn Colon, Financial Education Coordinator for the Connecticut State Treasurer’s office &
Vice-Chair of the Connecticut Partnership for Sustainability Education
Location: Carlton/Sprague, Student Center

After viewing the short film “The Story of Stuff” (, participants will
discuss the following: What are the implications of a linear expanding economy compared to a closed
loop economy? What are economic externalities and why are they important? What is the purpose of
an economic system? How do we measure the success of an economy? How can we teach our children
to understand and embrace the concept of a sustainable economy?

Innovative Sustainability Iniatives for Connecticut Communities:
Lessons from Bridgeport, Wethersfield, and New Haven & State
Resources to Support Local Efforts.
Mathew Forrest Esq, CEO Forrest Law, Wethersfield Energy & Conservation Committee,
Wethersfield Green Summit Committee
Ted Grabarz, Deputy Director, Public Facilities, Bridgeport B-Green 2020
Bernard Brennan, Transition Greater New Haven
Lynn Stoddard, CT Department of Environmental Protection, Climate Change & Energy Team
Location: Philbrick/Camp, Student Center

This roundtable panel discussion will discuss different approaches to starting effective
municipal sustainability initiatives. Panelist will provide examples from their own communities
along with recommendations for engaging all facets of the community in this process and provide
stepping tones for developing a plan to solve these environmental issues.
Public participation is highly encouraged.

4:45-5:30 Green Capitalism
Dr. Phoebe Godfrey, University of Connecticut
Location: Philbrick/Camp, Student Center

The ways people produce, prepare and consume their material needs, as in food, shapes how they
structure their social, political and economic arrangements within a society, according to Karl Marx.
Dr. Godfrey will investigate Marx's theory of alienation in relation to food production under capitalism
and explore why our food system has become destructive to the planet as well as human health and
welfare. Dr. Godfrey is working on a book, The Sun, the Moon and the Truth: Sociological Inquiry in an
Age of Ecological Crisis, about the educational, social, political, and spiritual aspects of sustainability.

5:30- 7:00 Town Hall Meeting
5:30- 6:00 PM Gubernatorial Candidate Ned Lamont

6:15 PM: Deputy Majority Leader Representative Peter Tercyak
Location: Alumni Hall, Student Center

Join us for a discussion about what needs to be done to create a thriving green business economy
| nationally and in the state of Connecticut.

6:00-7:45 Eco-Fair & Poster-Presentations
Location: Alumni Hall, Student Center

7:15-7:45 Performance Art:The Dolphin Industry Tragedy of the Commons
Dr. Joss French, Central Connecticut State University
Dr. Barbara Clark, Central Connecticut State University
CCSU Elementary Education student
Location: Alumni Hall, Student Center

Elementary education majors created an aesthetic performance exploring the concept of
anthropocentrism, exposing the impact of anthropocentric thinking, mass marketing, and
propaganda on the ‘green’ economy and the “enclosure of the commons.” Specifically,
students focused on government cover-up in Japan marketing toxic dolphin meat and the
slaughter of over 20,000 dolphins and porpoises in Taiji, Japan each year.

8:00- 9:30 Engraved
Location: Torp Theatre, Davidson Hall

A melodic Death Metal band with technical sweeps, crazy high flying bass, brutal
rhythm, heart stopping drums, and unholy vocals!