8th Annual

Global Environmental Sustainability Symposium:

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Regenerate. SUSTAIN!

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Central Connecticut State University


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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

Welcome & Opening

Alumni Hall, Student Center

Presenter: Charles E. Button, Ph.D., GESAC Founder & Chair & CCSU Professor of Geography & Sustainability

10:00 - 10:45 AM

Organics Management at Clark University Dining Services

Alumni Hall, Student Center

Presenter: Melissa Joyce, General Manager, Sodexo (Walnut Hill School)

Description: In a regulatory atmosphere which increasingly emphasizes source reduction and diversion from disposal, operators of college and university food service establishments experience inexorability linked issues of business and environment. This case study analyzes the extent and distribution of the tangible and intangible economic costs and benefits of Clark University 's existing organics management program. Results of this case study confirm that the contractor, Sodexo at Clark Dining Services, and the client, Clark University, continue to economically benefit from the successful execution of the organics management program. The win-win scenario demonstrates potential in the institutional food service industry for organics management programs to positively impact stakeholders' bottom lines while reducing negative environmental impacts resulting from the disposal and incineration of organic waste.

11:00 - 12:45 PM

Lunch & Recycling is Magic: A Storytelling Magic Show of Monsters, Magic and Too Much Trash Click to Register

Alumni Hall, Student Center

Presenter: Cyril the Sorcerer

Description: Lunch time entertainment will be provided by CJ May performing "Recycling is Magic" as Cyril the Sorcerer. For 10 years CJ has performed this show for audiences in Connecticut and around the country. He is still making improvements, however, and will solicit suggestions from audience members on both theatrical as well as environmental aspects of the show.

1:00 - 1:45 PM

Trashy Fashion

Alumni Hall, Student Center

Presenter: CCSU Students, Amy Merli & Trashion Models

Description: Students of CCSU 's 'Zero Waste and Sustainability' course and representaives from the 'Fashion Trasion Show' will describe the connections between their trashion fashion designs and the overall sustainable management of solid waste generation.

2:00 - 2:45 PM

Trash Map: Three Streams Workshop

Alumni Hall, Student Center

Presenter: Sheila Mullen

Description: What will this Trash Map look like: Garbage collected from a museum and a university, as well as our individual mobile trash stash stories? Participate along with assemblage collage artist Sheila Margaret Mullen in creating something both beautiful and telling.

3:00 - 3:45 PM

More than Trash: A Vision for Comprehensive Materials

Alumni Hall, Student Center

Introduction: Jack Miller, PhD, Central Connecticut State University

Presenter:Rob Klee, Commissioner, CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

Description: Come hear and discuss Commissioner Klee ’s vision for how discarded materials should be managed throughout the state of Connecticut.

4:00 - 6:00 PM

Illustrated Poster Session, Sustainability Fair & Social   Click to Register

Alumni Hall, Student Center

Description: 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):
CCSU School of Graduate Studies
CCSU Environmental Health & Safety and Sustainability
Connecticut Sierra Club
Global Environmental Sustainability Action Coalition
Solar Energy Association of Connecticut
Sunlight Solar
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
Solar City
and others

6:00 - 6:15 PM

Closing Remarks

Alumni Hall, Student Center

Presenter: Charles E. Button