March 13, 2013

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updated March 20, 2013

By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host the symposium, "Envisioning a Sustainable University," Thursday, March 28. Events in the symposium are free and open to the public.

"The goals of the symposium are to include, inform, and envision," said Dina El-Mogazi, director of the Campus Greening Initiative of the Bucknell University Environmental Center. "We're hoping to include the entire campus in a discussion about sustainability, inform everyone about initiatives taking place, and envision a more sustainable future for the campus," she said.

Highlights of the symposium include talks by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Hylton and a keynote address by David W. Orr, who is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College.

Thomas HyltonThomas Hylton
A journalist from Pottstown, Hylton will give the talk, "Save Our Land, Save Our Towns," at 4 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center.

He is the author of Save Our Land, Save Our Towns and host of a public television documentary based on the book that has aired frequently on PBS stations nationwide.

Hylton conceived and organized Trees Inc., a non-profit corporation that raised nearly $500,000 to plant and maintain street trees. He co-founded Preservation Pottstown, an organization dedicated to preserving Pottstown's historic neighborhoods. As chairman of the Pottstown Planning Commission, he wrote an innovative zoning ordinance in 2004 with a grant from the William Penn Foundation.

He has given numerous presentations in Pennsylvania and 34 other states on land-use planning and community building, including a keynote address to the nation's governors at their annual conference in Washington. His commentaries on land-use issues have appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Philadelphia Inquirer, and other leading newspapers.

David OrrDavid Orr
Orr will give the talk, "Education in a Black Swan World," at 7:30 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building.

Orr, who is also senior adviser to the president of Oberlin College, headed the effort to design, fund, and build the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at Oberlin, which was named by an AIA panel in 2010 as "the most important green building of the past 30 years," and as "one of 30 milestone buildings of the 20th century" by the U.S. Department of Energy.

He is the executive director of the Oberlin Project and a founding editor of the journal Solutions.

Orr is the author of seven books, including Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse (Oxford, 2009) and co-editor of three others as well as nearly 200 articles, reviews, book chapters, and professional publications.

He has served as a board member or adviser to eight foundations and on the boards of many organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. He is a trustee of the Bioneers, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, and the Worldwatch Institute. He has been awarded seven honorary degrees and a dozen other awards including a Lyndhurst Prize, a National Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation, and recently a "Visionary Leadership Award" from Second Nature.

The symposium will include panel presentations and discussions featuring Bucknell faculty and staff in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center. The schedule includes:

  • 10 a.m.: Concept: What is sustainability, and how does this concept apply to Bucknell? Moderated by Peter Wilshusen, panelists and topics include: Jamie Hendry, Management, Managing for Sustainability;  Alf Siewers, English, Place Studies Initiative; and David Kristjanson-Gural, Economics, Social Justice Residential College.
  • 11 a.m.: Campus: How can the physical campus serve as a living learning laboratory for sustainable operations and campus planning? Moderator by Dina El-Mogazi, Environmental Center, Campus Greening Initiative, panelists include: Kevin Gilmore, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Dennis Hawley, Bucknell Facilities, Campus planning; and Michelle Oswald, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 1 p.m.: Curriculum: How can principles of sustainability be incorporated in diverse disciplines and degree programs? Moderated by Duane Griffin, Geography, panelists include: Tammy Hiller, Management, Managing for Sustainability; Tom DiStefano, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Engineering degree program; and Paul Susman, Geography, Bucknell in Nicaragua
  • 2 p.m.: Community: How can the university collaborate with local organizations to promote sustainable communities? Moderated by Brandn Green, Environmental Center, Place Studies Initiative, panelists include: Carl Milofsky, Sociology, Field Research and Teaching Laboratory; Stacy Sommerfield, Civic Engagement; and Ben Hayes, Environmental Center, Susquehanna River Initiative.

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