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Sustainability Lecture Series
The Sustainability Lecture Series brings guest speakers to the College to discuss their latest work in sustainability. The campus and the local communities are all invited to attend these extraordinary discussions.
Raising Fuel Economy
Raising Fuel Economy takes us through developments in technology that raised fuel economy and the recommendations of what anyone could do to either at least maintain their fuel economy or raise it in the vehicle they already have. Students went to the auto lab to view and demonstrate some of these developments.
Sustainability is a Process, Not a Product
We tend to approach sustainability as an exercise in problem solving. While this is true in the short term, we tend to become attached to our solutions…even when they become problems in themselves. To serve our real needs, sustainability has to be defined in a broad context and approached as process rather than an endpoint.
Sustainability of Democracy
The lecture applies some of the lessons learned from "Democracy in America" to our present day situation. Sustainability of Democracy includes making of virtuous people. How America will develop virtuous people with the lack of religion is discussed. Also discussed are practical observations to ensure work is valued and to ensure that the "minority" have their say.
PV + EV = Zero (Oil)
Reliance on petrofuels for transportation is becoming increasingly expensive, both financially and politically. Recent developments in photovoltaics and electric vehicles together with financial incentives make the combination of PV and EV a viable solution to reduce pollution, reduce oil dependence and increase energy security.
Sustainability After Disasters!
On May 4th, 2007, an EF5 (most powerful type, with winds over 205 miles per hour) struck Greensburg, Kansas at 9:45 p.m. The tornado’s path was directly over the entire town, the tornado was 1.7 miles wide and the town was a little more than 1.25 miles wide, resulting in 95% of the city being destroyed (and the remainder being severely damaged). Eleven people died and 100 were injured out of a population of about 1,400 in Greensburg.
A bold vision for recovery, initiated through the ESF #14 (Emergency Support Function – Long-Term Community Recovery) and supported by the Greensburg LTCR Plan, allowed more recovery partners than usual to aid the City’s recovery and participate in supporting a range of recovery projects. More information can be found at: http://www.greensburggreentown.org/video-library/
Burn Me Down
Richard A. Destito, a 1998 graduate of SUNY Canton and real estate investor and entrepreneur, speaks about changing the way people think and feel about urban living.
The Bureacracy of Nature
In this lecture by Matt Burnett, he talks about the bureaucracy of nature, and more specifically the evolving relationship between humans and nature. As people advanced through the ages so did our view of nature. In the beginning we feared nature, and had to fight just to survive to the next day. Nature began as an imposing “other”, and particularly within the construct of human problem solving, this “otherness” continues to pervade western culture’s evolving perspective on nature.
The lecture takes a turn as Matt begins talking about his former career with the Department of Environmental Conservation and professional practice as a visual artist that brought him closer to nature to really see the dual natures people see the natural world as. From abandoned structures in the woods to fishing he explains how humanity can go beyond the cultural baggage surrounding our diassociation with nature by looking beneath these metaphysical clichés.