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Global Environmental Sustainability Symposium

Date: Thursday - March 21, 2013
Time: 9:45 AM to 7:15 PM
Location: Alumni Hall

9:45 a.m. – Symposium Opening & Welcome – Associate Professor of Geography Charles Button, CC President Jack Miller

10 a.m. – Transportation, Migration, & Sustainability in 4 Words – Keynote speaker John Kelmelis, Professor of International Affairs at Penn State, former Senior Counselor for Earth Science at the US Department of State, and former Chief Scientist for Geohraphy at US Geological Survey will discuss the meaning of the United States National Intelligence Council Global Trends 2030: Alternative World. This publication explores four very different possible future worlds. 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 a.m. - Electric Cars & Alternative Vehicles - a presentation on the latest in electric and alternative vehicle technology. Panelists will include Dave Oliveria, president of New England Electric Auto Association, Eric Evarts, senior associate editor for Consumer Reports, Jim Motavalli, environmental writer, and Joe Booth, natural gas car owner.

Noon – Water Wars - the Sonia Plumb Dance Co. of West Hartford will perform a program exploring the spiritual and physical relationship between people and water. Lunch will be served.

2 p.m. – CCSU Transportation Plan & Initiatives - Timothy Malone, associate planner for the Central CT Regional Planning Agency shares results of the agency’s study of transportation and pedestrian dynamics of the CCSU campus.

3 p.m. - Tracing the Evolution of Sustainability at the Four CT State Universities - Laura Worthington, energy technical specialist at ECSU, explores the approaches each campus has taken to implement campus sustainability initiatives.

5 p.m. Eco-Fair, Illustrated Poster Session & Reception

6 p.m. - Town Hall Meeting on CCSU & CT Transportation Initiatives and Policies - State officials, including Tom Maziarz, bureau chief at Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Policy and Planning Bureau, will discuss Connecticut and CCSU transportation initiatives, policies and goals in a Town Hall-style meeting.

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