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(Virtual) Lecture Series on Sustainability

Sustainability (virtual) Lecture Series 2013-2014

Lecture Series Flyer 2013-14Experience the best sustainability thinkers and practitioners and hear from local professionals, educators, and activists.
Four evening events are planned for the 2013-14 academic year and are FREE and open to the public.
Each “lecture” will be presented virtually, via a TED talk or popular public talk by leaders in their field.  Joining these nationally and internationally known speakers will be people from local businesses, government, organizations, and education who are taking similar approaches to the featured speaker in their efforts to grow a sustainable Michiana.
A reception and networking period will follow.

Download the flyer HERE


Monday, April 14, 2014
7:00-8:30pm

Featuring Majora Carter - Local Eco-Entrepreneurship
IU South Bend Alumni Room (map)
*FREE*
A visionary voice in city planning comes from this South Bronx native who views urban renewal through an environmental lens. The South Bronx native draws a direct connection between ecological, economic and social degradation. Hence her motto: "Green the ghetto!" Carter's confidence, energy and intensely emotional delivery make her talks themselves a force of nature. Awarded a 2005 MacArthur "genius" grant, Majora Carter went on to form the economic consulting and planning firm the Majora Carter Group to bring her pioneering approach to communities far outside the South Bronx. The Majora Carter Group is putting the green economy and green economic tools to use, unlocking the potential of every place -- from urban cities and rural communities, to universities, government projects, businesses and corporations -- and everywhere else in between.
The lecture will be presented virtually, via a TED talk or popular public talk by leaders in their field. Joining these nationally and internationally known speakers will be people from local businesses, government, organizations, and education who are taking similar approaches to the featured speaker in their efforts to grow a sustainable Michiana.
Local Panelists: James Summers, The Summers Group; Boniface Njuguna, Green Youth Foundation; Tara Gilchrist, Better World Books
A reception and networking period will follow.
 

Monday, September 16, 2013

7:00-8:30pm
Featuring Amory Lovins - Reinventing Fire
IU South Bend Alumni Room (
map)
*FREE*
Amory Lovins was worried (and writing) about energy long before global warming was making the front -- or even back -- page of newspapers. Since studying at Harvard and Oxford in the 1960s, he's written dozens of books, and initiated ambitious projects -- cofounding the influential, environment-focused Rocky Mountain Institute; prototyping the ultra-efficient Hypercar -- to focus the world's attention on alternative approaches to energy and transportation. His critical thinking has driven people around the globe -- from world leaders to the average Joe -- to think differently about energy and its role in some of our biggest problems: climate change, oil dependency, national security, economic health, and depletion of natural resources. Lovins offers solutions as well, which focus on how to conserve natural resources while also promoting economic growth.

The lecture will be presented virtually, via a TED talk or popular public talk by leaders in their field. Joining these nationally and internationally known speakers will be people from local businesses, government, organizations, and education who are taking similar approaches to the featured speaker in their efforts to grow a sustainable Michiana.
A reception and networking period will follow.
Monday, November 25, 2013
7:00-8:30pm
Featuring Bill Ford, executive chair of the Ford Motor Company
IU South Bend Elkhart Center, Rm 221 (map)
*FREE*
Download this event flyer HERE
William Clay Ford, Jr. is the executive chair of the Ford Motor Company, founded by his great-grandfather, Henry Ford, in Detroit. This massive company found great success selling cars to the world. Now, Ford is looking toward a future that's not simply about selling more and more cars. Ford looks to a future where cars are greener and cleaner, move more efficiently on better, smarter road systems -- and sometimes are replaced by mass transit and other forms of mobility.Ford joined Ford Motor Company in 1979 as a product planning analyst. He subsequently held a variety of positions in manufacturing, sales, marketing, product development and finance. During the breakthrough 1982 Ford-United Auto Workers labor talks, which launched the employee involvement movement that revolutionized the industry, he served on the company’s National Bargaining Team. Mr. Ford joined the Board of Directors in 1988 and has been its chairman since January 1999. He serves as chairman of the board's Finance Committee and as a member of the Sustainability Committee. He also served as chief executive officer of the company from October 2001 to September 2006, when he was named executive chairman. As CEO, Mr. Ford improved quality, lowered costs and delivered exciting new products. During his time in that position he took the company from a $5.5 billion loss in 2001 to three straight years of profitability. Through the years, his vision for the company has remained unchanged. He says: "The ongoing success of Ford Motor Company is my life’s work. We want to have an even greater impact in our next 100 years than we did in our first 100."
The lecture will be presented virtually, via a TED talk or popular public talk by leaders in their field. Joining these nationally and internationally known speakers will be people from local businesses, government, organizations, and education who are taking similar approaches to the featured speaker in their efforts to grow a sustainable Michiana.
A reception and networking period will follow.
 
Monday, February 24, 2014
7:00-8:30pm
Featuring Ron Finley & Pam Warhurst – The Future of Food/How We Can Eat Our Landscapes
IU South Bend Schurz Library, 5th Floor (map)
*FREE*
At this event, we will be bringing two continents together with one goal: empowering ordinary people to take control of their communities through active civic engagement by planting the seeds and tools for healthy eating.
Pam Warhurst is the Chair of the Board of the Forestry Commission in Great Britain, which advises on and implements forestry policy for the nation. She also cofounded Incredible Edible Todmorden, a local food partnership that encourages community engagement through local growing.
Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA -- in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys."
The lecture will be presented virtually, via a TED talk or popular public talk by leaders in their field. Joining these nationally and internationally known speakers will be people from local businesses, government, organizations, and education who are taking similar approaches to the featured speaker in their efforts to grow a sustainable Michiana.
A chance to view the Lexicon of Sustainability display and a reception and networking period will follow.

Sustainability (virtual) Lecture Series 2012-2013

Lecturers 2012 2013

See the series flyer from 2012-13 HERE

October 15
Lecturer: Ray Anderson, Interface Carpet
Topic: Sustainability & Innovation for Profit
After reading Paul Hawken's book The Ecology of Commerce, something clicked for Ray Anderson, the founder of Interface, the company that makes Flor carpet tiles. With his company's global reach and manufacturing footprint, he was in a position to do something very real, very important, in building a sustainable world - and he did. Find out why and how and hear from local folks who are working on similar goals.
Local Panelists: Dwayne Borkholder of New Energy Homes, Gordon Moore of McCormick Motors, and Doug Way with 1st Source Bank, will lead a discussion about how Ray Anderson's epipahnies can work in Michiana, too.
Did you miss this one, or would you like to see Ray's talk again? Click on the video below. The local panelists who wowed us all with their vision and actions and dedication to sustainability were, unfortunately, a one time talk.

 



November 19
*Special two speaker event*
Lecturers: Ilana Preuss, Chief of Staff of Smart Growth America & Van Jones, founder of the Ella Baker Center for human rights and Green for All, an NGO dedicated to "building an inclusive green economy"
Topic: Smart & Just Growth.
Ilana Preuss speaks on "The Economic Power of Great Places," explaining what great places are and why we need them and why these places are in high demand.
Van Jones, in his talk on "The Economic Injustice of Plastic," highlights the importance of "...respecting the wisdom of all species, combined with the idea of democracy and social justice," and how doing so would result in a different economy.
Local Panelists: Scott Ford, Director of Economic and Community Development for the city of South Bend, Doug Chapman of Bridges to Digital Excellence, and Becky Reimbold, owner of Just Goods, will lead our discussion on sustainable revitalization and development.

 

 View the lectures, above, from Ilana Preuss (R) and Van Jones (R).

View the local panelists talk about smart growth and economic justice by clicking on the link above.

February 18
Lecturer: Janine Benyus
Topic: Biomimicry
Science author Janine Benyus shares her insights and visions for innovation and design based on what surrounds us in the natural world. Her talk, spiced with stunning and inspiring examples, will change the way you see the world.
Local Panelists: A diverse panel, featuring IUSB biology professor Deb Marr, will share how biomimicry can support the triple bottom line.

April 15
Lecturer: Bill McDounough
Topic: "Cradle to Cradle Design"
Architect William McDonough is redesigning materials and buildings by making sure waste equals food. He shares his ideas for building a sustainable future by sharing examples and groundbreaking ideas that promose to shift the way we make, create, and use materials.


Local Panelists: Area business leaders, including Becky Kliss, President of Green Connection, Inc. and co-founder of Michigan's Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum, Dean Bergeman of MPA Architects, and Jon Helmuth of Genesis Products will explore how businesses are rethinking how we can design manufacturing and business prioroties to support resource conservation, innovation, economic development, and a high quality of life.