6th Annual Global Environmental Sustainability Symposium:

Transportation, Human Mobility, and Sustainability

Thursday, April 4th, 2013
Central Connecticut State University


The CCSU Global Environmental Sustainability Action Coalition invites you to learn and teach
about the actions humans must take to ensure that our children and grandchildren will experience
a life of peace, health, and harmony with our one and only home -EARTH.

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To learn more about presenters and exhibitors, point cursor over their name and click.

9:45 - 10:00 AM Symposium Opening & Welcome
Alumni Hall, Student Center

Charles E. Button, Ph.D., GESAC Founder & Chair & CCSU Associate Professor of Geography
Jack Miller, President, Central Connecticut State University

10:00 - 10:45 AM Transportation, Migration and Sustainability
in Four Worlds
Alumni Hall & Bellin Gallery, Student Center

Keynote: John Kelmelis, Ph.D., Professor of International Affairs, The Penn State University
Past Senior Counselor for Earth Science at US Department of State
Past Chief Scientist for Geography at US Geological Survey (USGS)

The United States National Intelligence Council recently published Global Trends 2030: Alternative World. In it, four very different possible future worlds are explored. What do those worlds mean to transportation, migration, and sustainability? Can those hypothetical worlds, designed for national strategic planning at a global level give us insights we can use at global, national, regional, and local scales?

11:00 - 11:45 AM Panel Discussion: Electric Cars & Alternative Vehicles Alumni Hall, Student Center

Panel Members: Dave Oliveria, President, New England Electric Auto Association
Eric Evarts, Senior Associate Autos Editor for Consumer Reports
Joe Booth, Natural Gas Car Owner

Hybrid, extended hybrid and electric vehicles are now three percent of new car sales, and nearly every automaker is offering a green car today. Battery electrics still have limited range and higher pricetags, but their adoption could double in 2013 and the industry continues to see improvements. Meanwhile, cars powered by natural gas, biodiesel and hydrogen are contenders for picking up market share. The biggest obstacle for alternative fuel vehicles is infrastructure--not enough fueling stations nationwide. Come join us in a panel discussion on these alternative vehicles from the viewpoints of users and reviewers.

12:00 - 1:45 PM

Water Wars Performance & Lunch
Free & Open to the Public (Registration required)

Alumni Hall & Bellin Gallery, Student Center

Performers: Sonia Plumb Dance Company

Come enjoy the performance of Water Wars, an exploration of our very human relationship to water both spiritually and physically. The Company’s dancers will take the audience on a tumultuous journey through moments of humor, intensity and thoughtfulness as it exposes emotionally-charged issues.

2:00 - 2:45 PM Concurrent Session
Tour of New Sustainable Social Science Hall
Alumni Hall, Student Center

Session Chairs: Linda Reeder, AIA, LEED AP
James Grupp, PE

The new Social Sciences Hall on the CCSU campus was designed to achieve LEED® Silver certification as well as to meet Connecticut High Performance Building requirements. Depending on the outcome of a third-party review, it may achieve LEED Gold certification. This tour of the building will include a student presentation of the LEED points obtained and a description of the sustainable design and construction strategies and processes used.

2:00 - 2:45 PM Concurrent Session
CCSU Transportation Plan & Initiatives
Alumni Hall, Student Center

Presenter: Mr. Timothy Malone, Associate Planner
Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agenc

During the past year, Timothy Malone has been conducting an assessment of transportation and pedestrian dynamics of the CCSU campus. Come hear about the results of this study, and hear about other transportation initiatives that have been implemented to improve human mobility on and around the CCSU campus, including: the Hertz car on demand program, CTfastrak, CCSU web resources for transportation, mass transit, resources for bikes, commuter resources, and more.

3:00 - 3:45 PM Tracing the Evolution of Sustainability at the Four
Connecticut State Universities
Alumni Hall, Student Center

Presenter: Ms. Laura Worthington, Energy Technical Specialist,
Eastern Connecticut State University Institute for Sustainable Energy

Sustainability is becoming common place on university campuses. By exploring how sustainability has been, and is being implemented at the four connecticut state universities it was possible to see how each takes a unique approach in meeting the needs of future populations. From gardening and energy efficiency, to water conservation and curriculum, the approaches of each campus will be discussed.
4:00 - 4:45 PM
CTfastrak and Walkable, Sustainable Communities Alumni Hall, Student Center

Presenter: Michael Sanders, Transit Administrator, Connecticut Department of Transportation

An introduction to the rapid transit system under development in central Connecticut and a discussion on how the community can take advantage of this opportunity to create walkable, sustainable environments.

For more information about CTfastrak on the internet, go to:

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Illustrated Poster Session, Eco-Fair & Reception
with Jazz Music by Covert Jazz
Free & Open to the Public

Alumni Hall & Bellin Gallery, Student Center


Enjoy research posters presented by students, academics. Receive information and interact with businesses, student groups, academic institutes, think-tanks, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that offer sustainability information, internships, jobs, and services.

Enjoy the music stylings of Covert Jazz (click here for band bio)and interact with presenters and attendees. Cash bar and finger food provided.

Eco-Fair Exhibitors (for information about exhibitors, place cursor over their name and click):
CCSU Global Environmental Sustainability Action Coalition,
CCSU President's Advisory Council for Environmental Sustainability,
Connecticut Green Building Council,
Connecticut Green LEAF Schools Initiative,
Connecticut League of Conservation Voters,
CT Rides,
GMO Free CT,
Next Step Living,
Promoting Enduring Peace,
Reforest the Tropics,
Sierra Club - Connecticut Chapter,
Solar Energy Association of Connecticut,
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service,
and others

6:00 - 7:00 PM Town Hall Meeting
Free & Open to the Public
Alumni Hall & Bellin Gallery, Student Center

Welcome: Charles E. Button, Ph.D., Central Connecticut State University
Tom Maziarz, Bureau Chief, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Policy and Planning Burea

Charles E. Button, Faculty Chair, CCSU President's Advisory Council for
Environmental Sustainability

Dignitaries will talk about CCSU and State of Connecticut transportation initiatives and policies, followed by a Town Hall style Question & Answer session with audience members.

7:00 - 7:15 PM Closing Remarks Alumni Hall & Bellin Gallery, Student Center

Charles E. Button, Ph.D., GESAC Founder & Chair & CCSU Associate Professor of Geography