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Sustainability conference addresses variety of environmental issues

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Missouri State University will host the 4th annual sustainability conference from 3-9:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in Plaster Student Union. The conference is free and open to the public.

The conference will cover a wide range of topics, from climate change to green building trends, as well as the latest developments in the solar sector, to rebuilding communities following tragic tornadoes.

“Sustainability education and action are goals of our current long-range plan,” said Dr. Tamera Jahnke, dean of the College of Natural and Applied Science. “This event has been organized by the university’s sustainability advisory committee, which includes students, faculty, staff and community members, and we are excited to host the speakers and panelists. It’s an opportunity for the entire community to learn more about sustainability issues.”

The following activities are scheduled during the day:

  • Sustainable Energy Panel Discussion from 3-4:30 p.m. in PSU Union Club, Rm. 400. Dr. Dave Fraley, director of environmental affairs, City Utilities of Springfield; Zeke Fairbank, president, The Alternative Energy Company, LLC; Jeff Barber, LEED AP architect, housing and environmental design specialist, MU Extension-Southwest Region-Greene County; and Kara Andres, Missouri State University student, will discuss a variety of issues related to sustainable energy.
  • Keynote Address from 6-7:30 p.m. in PSU Union Club, Rm. 400. Andrew D. Whitehead, chairman of GreenTown Joplin, and partner in the accounting practice of Whitehead Young; and Catherine Hart, co-founder, Greensburg GreenTown and general manager, GreenTown, Joplin, will talk about rebuilding communities following devastating natural disasters.
  • Environmental Movie: “Too Hot Not to Handle” from 8-9:30 p.m. in the PSU theater. The movie is a documentary that offers a cautionary view of the effects of global warming in the United States.

For more information, contact Jahnke at (417) 836-5249 or visit the Missouri State sustainability website.

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