7th Annual Global Environmental Sustainability Symposium:

Animal-Human Relationships and Sustainability

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
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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9:45 - 10:00 AM Symposium Welcome & Opening
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 Off to a Rocky Start: Riverbanks, Dragonflies & Jet Skis
Alumni Hall, Student Center

Presenter: Kirsten Martin, PhD., University of Saint Joseph (CT)

Description: Off to a rocky start: riverbanks, dragonflies, and jetskis
What do rocks, dragonflies, and jetskis have in common? In this presentation we will explore the hidden world of dragonflies. Follow the voyage of dragonflies from the water to the air. Learn how riverbanks can be lethal, and how jetskis might keep a dragonfly from flying.

11:00 - 12:45 PM

Windsor High School Kids N Critters Interactive Presentation with Animals from Around the World
& Lunch
Free & Open to the Public (Registration required)


Alumni Hall, Student Center

Presenters: Windsor High School Kids N Critters Students

Description: People of all ages are fascinated by exotic animals. 'Kids N Critters' capitalizes on this interest by bringing high school students together in groups that are racially, ethnically and socio-economically diverse to learn and teach about, and care for reptiles and amphibians. Members of the Windsor High School 'Kids & Critters' program will provide an interactive presentation with live animals from around the world. They will discuss the complex relationships these animals have with humans, and provide audience members the opportunity see these animals up close.

1:00 - 1:45 PM The Monarch Butterfly: A Sustainable Species
Diminished By Humans
Alumni Hall, Student Center

Presenter: Ms. Teri Powell, CCSU Graduate Student

Description: Fragile-bodied, yet strong enough to withstand unpredictable weather, the monarch butterfly was self-sustaining until humans drastically altered its habitat. This presentation will show a kid-friendly documentary short about monarch migration and their life cycle. Then, Ms. Powell will discuss how to protect such an amazing phenomenon.

2:00 - 2:45 PM Meat, People & the Planet: Environmental Impacts of Industrial Animal Production & Innovations Shaping the Future of the Modern Meal Alumni Hall, Student Center


Presenter: Ms. Rachel Gary, CCSU Graduate Student & Founder of Vegan CT


Description: The demand for cheap meat and increase in animal production is a significant threat to our environment. In this presentation we will discuss the growth of animal agriculture, the myriad environmental impacts of the meat industry, and innovations and cultural movements creating a global shift in the way we eat.

3:00 - 3:45 PM Tour New LEED CERTIFIED Social Science Hall Social Science Hall Lobby

Presenter: James Grupp, CCSU Engineer, PE


Description: The new Social Sciences Hall on the CCSU campus was designed to achieve LEED® Gold certification as well as to meet Connecticut High Performance Building requirements. 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.

4:00 - 4:45 PM
A Sustainable Case For Veganism Alumni Hall, Student Center

Presenter: Jesica Greenebaum, Ph.D., Central Connecticut State University

Description: Vegans are persons who abstain from eating animal products including meat, poultry, fish, dairy, and eggs as well as any animal bi-products. Vegans are motivated by many different reasons, including health concerns, environmental preservation, and/or ethics. This presentation will highlight critiques of the industrial food complex and will promote a more compassionate and sustainable relationship with food.

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Illustrated Poster Session

Sustainability Exhibition & Fair

with Jazz Music performed by Brown Paper Sax

Free & Open to the Public


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Alumni Hall, Student Center


Description: Enjoy research posters presented by students, scientists, activists, civic leaders, and professionals. 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.

Music: Enjoy the music stylings of Brown Paper Sax.

Cash bar and finger food provided.

Sustainability Fair Exhibitors
(for information about exhibitors, place cursor over their name and click):
Better World Magic
Bike New Britain
CCSU President's Advisory Council for Environmental Sustainability
Connecticut League of Conservation Voters
CT Rides
Global Environmental Sustainability Action Coalition
Next Step Living
Reforest the Tropics
Solar Energy Association of Connecticut
Urban Oaks Organic Farm
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
Vegan CT
and others

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

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