8th Annual

Global Environmental Sustainability Symposium:

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Regenerate. SUSTAIN!

Thursday, April 2, 2015
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 peace, health, and harmony with our one and only home - EARTH.

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9:45 - 10:00 AM Symposium Welcome & Opening Alumni Hall, Student Center
  Presenter: Charles E. Button, Ph.D., GESAC Founder & Chair & CCSU Professor of
Geography & Sustainability
10:00 - 10:45 AM   Alumni Hall, Student Center
  Presenter: Melissa Joyce

In a regulatory atmosphere which increasingly emphasizes source reduction and diversion from disposal, operators of college and university food service establishments experience inexorability linked issues of business and environment. This case study analyzes the extent and distribution of the tangible and intangible economic costs and benefits of Clark University's existing organics management program. Results of this case study confirm that the contractor, Sodexo at Clark Dining Services, and the client, Clark University, continue to economically benefit from the successful execution of the organics management program. The win-win scenario demonstrates potential in the institutional food service industry for organics management programs to positively impact stakeholder's bottom lines while reducing negative environmental impacts resulting from the disposal and incineration of organic waste.
11:00 - 12:45 PM The Magic of Zero Waste Alumni Hall, Student Center
  Presenter: Cyril the Sorcerer

Description: Lunch time entertainment will be provided by CJ May performing "Recycling is Magic" as Cyril the Sorcerer. For 10 years CJ has performed this show for audiences in Connecticut and around the country. He is still making
improvements, however, and will solicit suggestions from audience members on both theatrical as well as environmental aspects of the show.
1:00 - 1:45 PM Trashy Fashion Alumni Hall, Student Center
  Presenter: Zero Waste Designs

Students of CCSU's 'Zero Waste and Sustainability' course and representaives from the 'Fashion Trasion Show' will describe the connections between their trashion fashion designs and the overall sustainable management of solid waste generation.
2:00 - 2:45 PM Structure Chaos Workshop Alumni Hall, Student Center
  Presenter: Sheila Mullen

3:00 - 3:45 PM Town Hall Meeting: Waste Reduction in Connecticut Alumni Hall, Student Center

Presenter: Rob Klee, Commissioner, CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection


4:00 - 6:00 PM   Alumni Hall, Student Center

Illustrated Poster Session &Sustainability Exhibition & Fair with Jazz Music performed by: Brown Paper Sax

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that offer sustainability information, internships, jobs, and services.

Music: Enjoy the music Stylings of Brown Paper Sax .

Cash bar and finger food provided.

Sustainability Fair Exhibitors
(for information about exhibitors, place cursor over their name and click):
Better World Magic
Bike New Britain
CCSU President's Advisory Council for Environmental Sustainability
Connecticut League of Conservation Voters
CT Rides
Global Environmental Sustainability Action Coalition
Next Step Living
Reforest the Tropics
Solar Energy Association of Connecticut
Urban Oaks Organic Farm
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
Vegan CT
and others

6:00 - 6:15 PM Closing Remarks Alumni Hall, Student Center

Presenter: Charles E. Button