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Sustainability Leadership Presentation Series

In partnership with Central Community College, MCC is excited to announce a monthly presentation series on topics related to sustainability, energy, the environment, and how they apply to you. We are committed to leading and fostering a sustainable environment for our community.

All presentations will be streamed live to FOC Building 10, Room 110 and SOC Mahoney, Room 204. You may also watch on-line via the livestream. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session. You can participate in the live Q & A during the presentation by tweeting your question using the hashtag #SLPSThursday.

All events are free and open to the public!

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Schedule of Events

Each event takes place the first Thursday of the month, from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.

Fort Omaha Campus - Building 10, Room 110

September 5

Now available for streaming!

Dr. Thomashow - A Few Stories: Five Topics, Five Sessions about Sustainability

Dr. Thomashow is back in Nebraska and at CCC!  Engaging, relevant, applicable – it’s about social, economic and environmental issues of today and tomorrow.  Come, hear him for the first time, or hear him speak again.  Five topics, five sessions on sustainability.

October 3

Jordan Garfinkle - Moving Forward: Personal Transportation and the Environment

We love to be mobile. As Americans, we're accustomed to traveling when and where we want, and cars afford us the freedom to do just that. More than just a means of transportation, cars have become a symbol of the American Dream. However, the way we fuel our mobility is unsustainable, threatening our planet and our communities. Fortunately, a number of alternatives  are gaining traction across the country and around the world, including electric cars, plug-in vehicles, high-speed rail and other technologies. Amid endless information, the facts are clouded regarding these alternatives. How can our choices, planning, and long-term vision regarding transportation help foster a sustainable future for Nebraska? Understanding the challenges and opportunities are critical as we pursue a future with clean, safe, reliable and affordable transportation. Jordan Garfinkle will discuss personal transportation and the environment; we hope you join us to explore these issues.

November 7

live at MCC!

Daniel Lawse - The Efficiency-Choice Conundrum: Choose Your Future

Efficient use of our energy and resources alone will not make you or your community thrive. Efficiency is part of the answer, the other part of the answer is you. Your daily choices shape the future of your world. Your home, family, work, and community thrive when your choices reflect the triple-bottom line of people, planet, and prosperity.

December 5

CCC's 2013 AASHE conference representatives -What We Learned: Understanding Sustainability from Different Employee Positions at Central Community College

Central Community College employees, Michelle Lubken, Deb Thompson, Jerry Ryan, Ward Hooker, Dr. Robin Buckallew and Dr. Deborah Brennan share their experiences from their participation in the annual AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) conference. From central Nebraska to Nashville, Tennessee, and with a week of learning and networking, the participants are back to tell you about their experiences. With a diverse set of perspectives and job responsibilities, the participants will cover sustainability topics from many different angles, offering something for all those interested in hearing what they learned.

January (no presentation this month)

February 6

Debra Rowe, Ph.D. - The Good Life: Opportunities & Resources for You and Nebraska

Debra Rowe will be discussing how to create healthier economies and more vibrant communities, including information about careers and improving quality of life. Debra is a national speaker who has helped organizations and institutions across the Midwest integrate sustainability for success.  She will specifically include examples that can be used right here in Nebraska.  Please join us to learn and welcome Dr. Rowe.

Prior Workshop: Education for a Sustainable Future throughout the Disciplines

November 19, 2013

Workshop: Part I

Workshop: Part II

March 6


Dr. Wendy Ring - Nebraska on the Edge: How Climate Change Threatens Public Health

In this notable presentation, CCC & MCC welcome Dr. Wendy Ring, a family physician and educator in human health and climate change.  In the first part of the presentation, Dr. Ring will present case studies, maps, and straightforward explanations of research findings to illustrate the many ways that climate change affects human health in the United States.  She will also discuss what this means for Nebraska, present and future. The second segment explores win-win solutions which lower greenhouse gas emissions and improve public health.  Please join us to welcome Dr. Ring to Nebraska, and to learn together about this important issue.

April 3

live at MCC!

MCC Faculty & Staff - MCC Accomplishments & Lessons Learned: Sustainability in the Classroom, Campus and Community

Hear from Metropolitan Community College’s staff and faculty as they discuss new projects and on-going initiatives. MCC has made changes to its physical campus and academic programs to demonstrate its leadership in sustainability in the Omaha region. In both large projects and small shifts in behavior, MCC is continuing to make efforts toward ‘greening’ our operations and academics. In academics, MCC has new programs including Urban Farming, Weatherization Training, and Solar Technology – to help spur the local green economy. On campus, MCC strives to reduce energy use in buildings to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions while saving on utility costs. Learn how MCC’s approach to organizational change has worked, and where their efforts continue.

May 1

live at MCC!

Steve Rodie - Sustainable Water Use and Management in Urban and Rural Landscapes: Applications for Homeowners, Institutions and Communities

Landscape water use and management is important when rain is plentiful as well as in drought.  Stormwater (rainwater that runs off any surfaces - roofs, roads, parking lots) can be managed in your home or business to mitigate flooding, enhance water quality and protect water resources - while also benefiting your landscapes.  Effective stormwater management using landscape plants and soils - including "green" infrastructure and other sustainable strategies - can be applied in the home, institution or community level. In this presentation, you will also learn about water-wise plant types, planting design, and other strategies to help your yard survive and stay beautiful even when rain is slim.  It is planting with conservation in mind.

June 5

live at MCC!

Dr. Mary Ferdig - The Art of Sustainability Leadership: Communication, Complexity and Change

What do we mean by sustainability, leadership, complexity and change? How do our experiences inform what we see, think and do? Are we each ready to take responsibility for (1) challenging our hardwired assumptions, beliefs and behaviors, and (2), rediscovering connection and meaning through communication and action? These are serious questions for all of us – the “sustainability choir” as well as the rest of society. Dr. Mary Ferdig presents a framework for leadership communication, action and change that can be adapted to all sorts of situations encountered by Sustainability Leaders of every shape and size!

Metropolitan Community College is happy to partner with Central Community College in this series!

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