Sustainability Leadership Presentation Series

Metropolitan Community College is excited to announce the sixth 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! All presentations may be watched online via the live stream (password: SLPS). 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 or by using the WebEx chat tool. For best results, your internet connection should be able to stream audio and high-quality video. 

Schedule of 2018-19 Events

Each event takes place the first Thursday of the month, from 3:30–4:30 p.m. We are done for the 2018-2019 season. Check us out for new events in the fall of 2019!

Date Speakers  Topic Link and Locations

April 4th, 2019 

Andy Szatko, Omaha Stormwater Program 

Managing Stormwater at Your Home & Business: We Are All Downstream
Learn about what stormwater is and why is important to manage. Andy will also walk through steps that individuals and business can take to reduce the harm caused by stormwater.

View the recorded session online

March 7, 2019

Nico Arcilla, Crane Trust

Measuring Sustainability: Using Animals as Indicators of Ecological Integrity
Learn how reviewing animal health and behaviors can show a reflection of ecological health. Hear from Nico Arcilla, a lead scientist at the Crane Trust about her research on migratory bird ecology and conservation.

View the recorded session online

February 7, 2019

Carrie Morgan

Environmental Studies students in the Art Museum: A Case for Interdisciplinary Learning
Environmental Studies students worked with the Sheldon Art Museum in a unique interdisciplinary learning opportunity. Hear from Carrie Morgan, Sheldon Art Museum's curator of academic program, discuss the experience and the learning outcomes. 

View the recorded session on YouTube

December 2018

 Anne McCollister & Dr. Moe Alahmad

The State of Electric Transport in Nebraska
This presentation will discuss the theory and mission of the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance (NCEA) to build and promote advanced technologies in buildings and transportation. With respect to transportation, the presentation will discuss the current state of electric vehicles in the U.S. It will also provide Nebraska-specific details regarding ongoing projects to deploy electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. The presentation will highlight the economic and environmental benefits of these projects and discuss future charging infrastructure needs in Nebraska. 

View the recorded session on YouTube

November 2018

Stephanie Presseller

The Power of Networks! Link and Leverage: How Higher Ed Is Supporting Sustainable Community Growth
In 2014, the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (SMHEC) used their sustainability task force to bring together community leaders in the Chicago southland region. Their goal was simple: to link and leverage resources in the region to make the Chicago southland the greenest and most resilient region. Since the first meeting in May 2014, the link and leverage effort has engaged representatives from over 40 municipalities throughout the Cook, Will, and Kankakee Counties. This work has strengthened the southland region and created opportunities for the SMHEC region communities that might not have otherwise been realized. 

View the recorded session on YouTube

October 2018

Jamie Carson

Mainstreaming Sustainability: How to Connect the Dots and Create Impact
The world is changing. Sustainability is a cross-cutting issue that requires smart strategies and the consideration of multifaceted and multidimensional audiences. Whether a macro- or micro-level sustainability project, the way in which you research, plan, implement, track, and communicate is critical. 
Carson + Co Global—a social enterprise business specializing in program management and marketing in the sustainability sector—prioritizes work that creates a positive impact on communities, the environment and our global climate. This presentation will share real-world experience in implementing projects—from city-wide education campaigns, community engagement activities, audience and market research to international climate resilience communications. 

View the recorded session on YouTube

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