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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” (http://www.storyofstuff.com/), 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 
heart stopping drums, and unholy vocals!

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