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Sustainability Leadership Presentation Series

Sustainability Leadership Presentation Series

Metropolitan Community College is excited to announce the eighth year of 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. Our partnerships include:

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Please see below for access information for each event.

Previous sessions can be found on the SLPS YouTube channel.

2021-2022 events

Date Name Link

October 5th to 7th, 2021

Nebraska Recycling Council Virtual Conference 
This conference is $80 for attendees, $55 for students
Join the Nebraska Recycling Council for their virtual conference on 
working towards Zero Waste. Sessions include Environmental Wellness for the Workplace, Best Practices for Rural Recycling, and a keynote on Strategies for Reducing Waste and Advancing composting.

Nothing Wasted Conference

November 17th, 2021,
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Closing the Loop: How Metropolitan Community College’s Culinary and Horticulture departments reduced waste, improved soil health, and supported pollinator species

Join this virtual Zoom presentation to learn about MCC’s Culinary and Horticulture composting program. The presentation will review how the unique partnership between Culinary and Horticulture started a compost collection program and created a closed loop system that includes improving soil health and the creation of a pollinator garden. Attendees will also learn how the composting program began, how it is beginning conversations to reduce waste at other levels of the EPA waste management hierarchy, and how it is impacting the student experience.

Presenters: Brian O'Malley, Associate Dean of Culinary, Hospitality, and Horticulture; Casey Craven; Culinary Lab Technician; Tyler Magnuson, Horticulture Operations Specialist, & Culinary Liaison

Free, but register here

December 6th, 2021

Designing Out Waste: Conscious Design, Towards a Zero-Waste Society
Terms like “Climate Change” and “Sustainability” are recognized and understood today by many, however, one of the most important factors in achieving the globes most ambitious environmental goals is a term we hear less often, “Circularity”. A Circular Economy focuses on driving growth both economically and environmentally, going beyond simply sustaining, by focusing on practices that regenerate the planet and the resources it provides us. To achieve net-zero by 2050, we must address the way we design, produce, and utilize products and materials. How can we design our way out of waste and pollution?

Jennifer Johnson Jorgensen, assistant professor in the Departement of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Amy Dishman, an NCIDQ certified and a LEED Accredited Professional with over 15 years of design experience in education, workplace, healthcare, government, and residential projects. 
Sharon Baum Kuska, Ph.D., P.E., LEED A.P. is a Professor of Architecture and ASsociate Dean for Faculty and Academic Programs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture.

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View previous recorded sessions on our YouTube channel

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