Friday, January 24, 2014

Spring semester 2014 sustainability speaker series

Throughout the spring 2014 semester, Randolph College will host speakers addressing topics on sustainability, ranging from environmentally conscious parenting to launching a career in sustainability.

Six speakers, including two of the College’s alumnae, will participate in the new sustainability speaker series.

“We hear from so many students who have an interest in sustainability, and we thought this would be an opportunity to let them know about it from all different angles,” said Sarah Lawson, a Randolph professor of environmental studies and physics.

The series kicks off on Monday, January 27, with Keye Chatterjee, the director for renewable energy and footprint outreach at the World Wildlife Fund. Chatterjee recently published the book The Zero Footprint Baby: How to Save the Planet While Raising a Healthy Baby.

Lawson said that Chatterjee, a friend she met in graduate school, wrote the book after becoming a mother and exploring sustainable parenting herself. “It’s about making good decisions as a parent,” Lawson said. “Saving the planet is a great gift you can give to your children.”

Other events in the series include:

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February 17: Green Architecture
John Quale, a professor at the University of Virginia, will discuss the university’s ecoMOD / eco REMOD project, which works on developing economically-friendly and affordable modular homes.

February 24: Sustainable Communities
Kent White, director of community development for the City of Lynchburg, will discuss city planning and sustainability.

March 17: Corporate Sustainability
Megan Arnold ’06, process engineer and operations sustainability lead for Jacobs Engineering, will discuss how her employer embraces environmentally friendly practices.

March 31: Moving Sustainability from the Trash Room to the Corner Office
Megan Bloomer ’06 will share her experiences as director of sustainability for DaVita, Inc., as well as explain what practices are truly sustainable, contrasted with steps some companies take to appear more sustainable than they really are.

April 21: Careers in Sustainability
Corey Barnes, a senior consultant with Deloitte Consulting, will discuss career options for those who specialize in sustainability and environmental studies. He is the son of Rick Barnes, a Randolph psychology and environmental studies professor, and Tina Barnes, Randolph’s coordinator of disability services and the Learning Strategies Program.

Each event in the series will take place at 7 p.m. in Nichols Theatre on the third floor of the Randolph College Student Center.

Lawson said the topics will highlight ways that sustainability leads to a better life. “The biggest thing I hope people get out of this is an understanding of the way their activities impact the planet, and other people,” she said. “It’s really about the livelihood and well-being of people.

“People, planet, and profit all work together,” she added. “Hopefully, people will see the way in which their choices and their lifestyle will play into a more sustainable future.”