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CCSU Sustainability Conference

This is a free event happening on a week day.  Please feel free to register and attend any or all of it!


Global Environmental Sustainability Symposium: Transportation, Human Mobility, and Sustainability

  Thursday, April 4th, 2013
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 justice, peace, health, and harmony with our one and only home -EARTH.

 Click here for directions to CCSU and campus map

Schedule of Events:

9:45 - 10:00 AM Symposium Opening & Welcome
Alumni Hall, Student Center  

Dr. Charles Button, GESAC Founder & Chair & CCSU Associate Professor of Geography
Dr. Jack Miller, President, Central Connecticut State University (tenative)

  10:00 - 10:45 AM Topic Title TBD
Alumni Hall & Bellin Gallery, Student Center

Dr. John Kelmelis (topic TBD)

  11:00 - 11:45 AM Panel Discussion: Electric Cars & Alternative Vehicles Alumni Hall, Student Center  

Panel Members: Dave Oliveria, President, New England Electric Auto Association
                           Jim Motavalli, Environmental Writer & Speaker

Hybrid, extended hybrid and electric vehicles are now three percent of new car sales, and nearly every automaker is offering a green car today. Battery electrics still have limited range and higher pricetags, but their adoption could double in 2013 and the industry continues to see improvements.  Meanwhile, cars powered by natural gas, biodiesel and hydrogen are contenders for picking up market share. The biggest obstacle for alternative fuel vehicles is infrastructure--not enough fueling stations nationwide. Come join us in a panel discussion on these alternative vehicles from the viewpoints of users and reviewers.

  12:00 - 1:45 PM

Water Wars Performance & Lunch 
Free & Open to the Public (Registration required) 

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Alumni Hall & Bellin Gallery, Student Center

Performers: Sonia Plumb Dance Company

Come enjoy the performance of Water Wars, an exploration of our very human relationship to water both spiritually and physically. The Company’s dancers will take the audience on a tumultuous journey through moments of humor, intensity and thoughtfulness as it exposes emotionally-charged issues.

  2:00 - 2:45 PM Tour of New Sustainable Social Science Hall Alumni Hall, Student Center  

Session Chairs: Linda Reeder, AIA, LEED AP
                          James Grupp, PE

The new Social Sciences Hall on the CCSU campus was designed to achieve LEED® Silver certification as well as to meet Connecticut High Performance Building requirements. Depending on the outcome of a third-party review, it may achieve LEED Gold certification. This tour of the building will include a student presentation of the LEED points obtained and a description of the sustainable design and construction strategies and processes used.

    3:00 - 3:45 PM Comparison of Sustainability Efforts at
Connecticut State Universities
Alumni Hall, Student Center  

Presenter: Ms. Laura Worthington

Sustainability at the Four Connecticut State Universities                                                                                                                          

   4:00 - 4:45 PM
CTfastrak and Walkable, Sustainable Communities
Alumni Hall, Student Center  

Presenter: Michael Sanders, Transit Administrator, Connecticut Department of Transportation

An introduction to the rapid transit system under development in central Connecticut and a discussion on how the community can take advantage of this opportunity to create walkable, sustainable environments.

For more information about CTfastrak on the internet, go to:





  5:00 - 7:00 PM

Illustrated Poster Session, Eco-Fair & Reception
with Jazz Music by Covert Jazz
Free & Open to the Public

Alumni Hall & Bellin Gallery, Student Center


Exhibitor tables available for Eco-Fair. Click here to email Dr. Button to request a table.

Enjoy research posters presented by students, academics, and information booths hosted by practictioners of sustainability.  Receive information and interact with businesses, student groups, academic institutes, think-tanks, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that offer sustainability information and services.

Enjoy the music stylings of Covert Jazz and interact with presenters and attendees. Cash bar and finger food provided.

 Poster Presenters: CCSU Faculty, Students, and Practictioners of Sustainability
Eco-Fair Exhibitors: CCSU Global Environmental Sustainability Action Coalition,
President's Advisory Council for Environmental Sustainability,
                              Connecticut Green LEAF Schools Initiative,
                              Solar EnergyAssociation of Connecticut,
                              USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service, and others

  6:00 - 7:00 PM Town Hall Meeting
Free & Open to the Public

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Alumni Hall & Bellin Gallery, Student Center

Welcome: CCSU President Dr. Jack Miller (tenative)

Honorable Governor Dannel Malloy (invited)
James Redeker, Commissioner of Connecticut Department of Transportation (invited)

Dignitaries will talk about CCSU and State of Connecticut transportation initiatives and policies, followed by a Town Hall style Question & Answer session with audience members.

  7:00 - 7:15 PM Closing Remarks Alumni Hall & Bellin Gallery, Student Center

Dr. Charles Button, GESAC Founder & Chair
Central Connecticut State University

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    Hoping to network with other greenies!

    March 29, 2013

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    Looking forward to the conference.

    February 26, 2013

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