Campus Sustainability Day IV Webcast:

Where Is Your Campus On the Continuum of Integrated Sustainability Planning?

Campus Sustainability Day 4

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originally broadcast
Wednesday, October 25, 2006

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Our program will feature presenters and case studies from four diverse colleges and universities:

  • Arizona State University;
  • Grand Valley State University, in Michigan, also works closely with Aquinas College, the City of Grand Rapids, its K–12 system, and Grand Rapids Community College;
  • Harvard University; and
  • Pima Community College

SCUP has broadcast three consecutive annual programs on the topic of campus-based sustainability. Hundreds of campuses have made our programming the core of campus-wide, department-wide, or even just office-wide Campus Sustainability Days. This year, our fourth, we are going to explore in depth a range of institutions—two-year, four-year, research—and see where they are in integrating sustainability throughout the campus.Does all of operations know what each other is doing? Do researchers and faculty know what operations is doing? Do faculty know what each other are doing? Do faculty incorporate things that operations does as modeling for learning? You get the idea! Our presenters have promised an in depth look at what their campus is doing, where, and how well it's all connected - as well as why it is or is not all connected.

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Greg Roberts Gregory Roberts has served the student affairs profession for nearly 30 years. Supporting institutions and educating students both in public and private, secular and non secular institutions throughout the country. Currently he is the executive director and senior operating officer of ACPA: College Student Educators International, having previously served as vice president for student affairs at the University of St. Thomas—Minnesota for nearly eleven years. He has authored several chapters in books as well as taught undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership and higher education. He is former president of the American College Personnel Association, Missouri College Personnel Association and has served on the boards of several civic organizations. In addition, he has been a long standing member of several professional societies, including Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Delta Kappa. He holds bachelors (BS) and Masters (MS) degrees from Indiana University—Bloomington an Educational Specialist (EdS) degree from University of Missouri—Kansas City and a certificate in educational management from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Panelists from four colleges and universities:

From Arizona State University:

Jim L. Buizer is executive director of the Office of Sustainability Initiatives, in the Office of the President at Arizona State University (ASU). ASU has made sustainability an underlying tenet of the entire university, engaging all colleges and administrative units to create knowledge and develop solutions to real-world problems of social, economic and environmental significance. Since joining ASU in 2003, Buizer has led the design and formation of the University-wide Global Institute for Sustainability (GIOS.)?ore components of GIOS are the School of Sustainability, launched fall 2006 as the world's first degree-granting unit dedicated to sustainability, and the Sustainability Partnership Enterprise, designed to bridge the gap between production of science and practical use by practitioners for community planning, resource management and policy formulation. Buizer serves as Special Advisor to ASU President Michael M. Crow and represents him on numerous boards, committees and councils nationally and internationally. He serves as vice chairman of the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE.)

Student Representative:
Aliya Buttar is an undergraduate student completing her fourth year at Arizona State University (ASU). She is an honors student double-majoring in Biology and Society and French and is an intern at the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes (CSPO) at ASU. As part of her work at CSPO, Buttar does research for the Science Policy Assessment and Research on Climate (SPARC) project. Specifically, she is looking at water use in the Phoenix metropolitan area and in the Colorado River Watershed. This project considers water use in the agricultural, industrial, and municipal sectors as well as the different stressors on these water sources. Ultimately, this research will culminate in the ranking of the different water-stressors and a workshop where different experts will discuss this ranking. Aside from her work at CSPO, Buttar is also a Bioethics fellow and an associate editor for The Triple Helix, an undergraduate journal of science, society, and law.

From Grand Valley State University:

Norman Christopher is director of sustainability at Grand Valley State University. He recently joined the university after serving in the business community for over 25 years in a variety of senior management positions including president and CEO. He has a BA from the University of North Carolina, an MBA from the University of North Carolina, and has attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard. Christopher is active in the Grand Rapids community, serving on several of the Mayor's advisory councils, boards of local businesses and NPO's, and the Sustainability Initiative for the City of Grand Rapids, MI (USA).

Student Representative:
Tyler Doornbos is a 23-year-old Senior from Grand Valley State University, and a native of Grand Rapids, MI. He is working towards a degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Marketing Sustainability. He first became involved with Grand Valley's Sustainability program because of an interest in alternative fuels and textiles, and has become the SI's web editor. He also works for Grand Valley State University's Web Development Team, and operates FlatSixMedia, a private web design firm that specializes in small business and non-profit work. He currently lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, Liz.

From Pima County Community College:

Richard Franz is the director of facilities planning design and construction for the Pima County Community College District. In 1998, Franz led the College to adopt the US Green Building Council's LEED criteria. This resulted in the certification of the Desert Vista Campus Plaza Building as LEED (Version 1) Bronze in 2002 and the Desert Vista Campus Fitness Center Building as LEED V 2.0 Silver in 2006. He is chair of the Society for College and University Planning's Professional Development Committee, and is active on numerous local committees. Franz is most proud of the Environmental Champion Award he received from the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality in 2004 for "riding his bike to work even when the monsoons (rain) threaten, and he is also a frequent user of Sun Tran (the bus system)." He has a 1.2 KW photovoltaic array on his house and his next house project is to install a water harvesting system. Franz has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona and is a registered architect in Arizona and California.

Student Representative:
Sarah Koltanowski , is a college sophomore at Pima County Community College. She is working towards a Nutritional Science degree and plans on becoming a naturopathic doctor. She is vice president of service in Phi Theta Kappa, the National Honor Society for two-year colleges. Koltanowski is committeed to serving as a positive influence, and her life goal is to help people love themselves by understanding the connection we have with the world in which we live.

From Harvard University:

Leith Sharp has been the founder and director of the Harvard Green Campus Initiative (HGCI), an interfaculty program dedicated to the integration of campus environmental sustainability throughout Harvard University, since 2000. The HGCI uses a cost effective business model to enhance Harvard University's own 'learning organization' capacities and to propagate the utilization of the campus as a living laboratory for research, development and implementation of methods and approaches to achieve campus environmental sustainability. Sharp also instructs a course offered through the Harvard Extension School, Sustainability—The Challenge of Changing Our Institutions. Sharp has a bachelor of Environmental Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia and a Master of Education in human development and psychology from Harvard University. Sharp has worked with universities for over 12 years, in both Australia and the US, to achieve organizational change in the pursuit of campus environmental sustainability. She is a LEED accredited profession and has won numerous awards for her work including 1998 Young Australian of the Year, NSW Environment Category, a Churchill Fellowship in 1999 to research best practice in greening universities throughout Europe and the US and most outstanding paper for her contribution to the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 2002.

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