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Arizona Higher Education Sustainability Conference

Programming Schedule

Day One | Monday, March 24, 2014
Time Participative Panel Discussions
Catalina
Participative Panel Discussions
Tucson
Interactive Space
Santa Rita
Mentoring Series
Rincon
8:00am
Breakfast & Registration | North Ballroom
9:00-9:45am

South Ballroom
Opening Remarks
Welcome: Jim Van Arsdel | Senior Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, University of Arizona
Opening Keynote: Anthony D. Cortese, Sc.D. | Senior Fellow, Second Nature 
9:45-10:00am
Networking Break | North Ballroom
10:00-11:15am
Art and design offer reflective and reflexive openings for thinking about and imagining sustainability and our environments in new ways. These creative practices are critical to incorporating and re-imagining sustainability in higher education. Panelists will discuss how their work helps them imagine, explore, and enact sustainability, both in institutions of higher education and the broader community. Furthermore, panelists will address how their creative practices aid dialogue and action that help challenge existing disciplinary structures in ways that can help lead to more sustainable futures. Drawing on diverse experiences from architecture and design, creative writing, art, sustainability, and geography, panel members will give brief presentations on concrete examples of creative practices that engage questions of sustainability: the interdisciplinary urban design studio run through University of Arizona (UA) Sustainable City Project; Art and Environment Initiatives at UA Institute of the Environment; creative field research projects and their connection to sustainability team-building in the higher education workplace; and an investigation of how practicing and integrating sustainability in one's own backyard relates to sustainability in higher education. Following the brief presentations, an open discussion will ensue.
    
Moderator: Maya L. Kapoor | Graduate Assistant, Communications, University of Arizona
Wendy Burk | Poetry Center Librarian, University of Arizona Poetry Center
Edgar Cardenas | Ph.D. Candidate, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University
Eric Magrane | Carson Scholar & Research Assistant, University of Arizona Institute of the Environment; Ph.D. Student, University of Arizona School of Geography & Development
Linda C. Samuels | Director, Sustainable City Project, University of Arizona
Denise Mitten, Ph.D. | Graduate Chair of Adventure Education, Prescott College
Noël Cox Caniglia | Graduate Education Program Chair, Prescott College
As higher education addresses the challenges of climate neutrality and improving sustainable practices, it is imperative that all its units are engaged. Creating a culture of sustainability that combines grassroots participation by students, staff, and faculty across the institution with planning and budgeting by senior administrators is an effective way to do that. At this Solutions Roundtable, two case studies from the Northern Arizona University and the Maricopa Community College District will show mechanisms to promote grassroots participation. Concepts and procedures from these studies are readily adapted to other institutions.
  
Moderator: Roderic A. Parnell | Professor of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability; Coordinator of Academic Sustainability Programs, Northern Arizona University
Scott Perelstein | Chair Environmental Caucus, Associate Director of Facilities for Residence Life, Northern Arizona University
Thomas Williams | Coordinator of Sustainability Programs, Office of the President, Scottsdale Community College
Northern Arizona University's innovative program in civic engagement is creating ripples across campus and in the surrounding Flagstaff community in celebration of just, sustainable community development. In its fifth year, this First Year Seminar-ARTs Program has resulted in dramatic increases in student engagement and academic achievement, with recent research results indicating a 7-16% increase in retention, depending on student demographic. This conference session will explore the pedagogical strategies that support this model of democratic education as well as the organizational structures that allow for the development of strong community partnerships and student-led leadership in sustainability. Join us for this hands-on, interactive, and engaging workshop where we will all participate as both the teachers and the learners.

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Lauren Berutich | Program Coordinator, Campus & Community Based Action Research Teams, Northern Arizona University
The Arizona Higher Education Sustainability Conference offers a unique opportunity with our Mentorship Series to connect students with professionals who lead sustainability projects at all levels within their organizations. Engaging in a small group setting, professionals will share their expertise for students to gain insight on career development related to sustainability in various industries.
Anthony Cortese, Sc.D. | Senior Fellow of Second Nature
Megan Kimble | Managing Editor, Edible Baja Arizona
Sandy Bahr | Executive Director, Sierra Club of Arizona
Brent Hancock, CSP | Chemical Waste & 3R Operations Manager, Raytheon
11:15-11:45am
Networking Break | North Ballroom
11:45am-1:00pm
The panelists will address food issues on campus and in the region and share strategies and solutions to develop a sustainable food system. They will highlight sustainable practices adopted within college food service and procurement process, and sustainable farming in American Indian communities. In all, this session will provide insight into ways to reduce waste and to bring fresh food on campus and support local communities.
  
Moderator: Casey Kahn-Thornbrugh | Land Grant Office for Sustainability, Tohono O'odham Community College
Clifford Pablo | Extension Agent, Tohono O'odham Community College
Zade Arnold | Student, Tohono O'odham Community College
Roxanne Jose | Student, Tohono O'odham Community College
Catherine Sullivan | Sustainability Specialist, Northern Arizona University Campus Dining/Sodexo
Lauren Jackson | Graduate Research Assistant, University of Arizona
This session welcomes students, campus recycling managers, campus resource management staff, and others to a discussion of ways to create collaborative and effective programs, initiatives, and policies that promote better resource management in the campus setting. Specifically, this session will provide an overview of several ways that Arizona State University and the University of Arizona are working towards zero waste and beyond through composting, waste diversion and reduction, policy directives and on campus research. Attendees will not only learn about these efforts, but will be able to speak with presenters about the opportunities and challenges of moving towards a campus culture that views sustainability practices as business as usual.
  
Moderator: Joe Abraham | Director of Sustainability, Willamette University
Lisa VanWagenen | Compost Technician with Compost Cats, University of Arizona ASUA
Erin Smith | Compost Technician with Compost Cats, University of Arizona ASUA
Scott Appleby | Compost Technician with Compost Cats, University of Arizona ASUA
Nick Brown | Director of University Sustainability Practices & Senior Sustainability Scientist, Arizona State University
Alana Levine | Recycling Manager, Arizona State University
Leah Edwards | NASA Space Grant Intern, UA Office of Sustainability
Jake Knight | M.S. Candidate, Deptartment of Hydrology & Water Resources, University of Arizona
Corey Hawkey | Zero Waste Manager, Arizona State University
Participate in this highly interactive session not only to learn about how one campus used systems thinking education to promote sustainability, but also to experience the learning activity "Wholly Frijoles" yourself. Hear how one campus created an experiment to test the effectiveness of this module by using their utility conservation competition as a mechanism to examine long term change. You will leave with a better understanding of how considering the big picture and other systems thinking concepts aid in holistic sustainability education. On a personal level, you will further your own development around concepts of sustainability and social justice, how they interact, and how you can frame the two to inspire change.
Moderator: Jill Ramirez | Coordinator, Sustainability Education in Residence Life, University of Arizona
David Ward | Community Director, Senior in Residence Life, University of Arizona
1:00-2:30pm
Lunch Featuring the Poster Gallery, Exhibits & Art Show | North Ballroom & Union Gallery
2:30-3:45pm
This panel will focus on the benefits of energy efficiency management tools and clean energy. A panel of the energy management experts and clean energy researchers will share their experience of creating energy saving opportunities through energy data analysis and the strategies of implementing renewables on a campus scale that involve the participation of students and communities.

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Moderator: Ellen Vaughan | Manager, Office of Sustainability, Northern Arizona University
Robert Vandling | Technology Support Analyst Coordinator, Arizona State University
Alex Downs | Biosystems Engineering Student, Biodiesel Pilot Plant Laboratory Director, University of Arizona
Carmine A. Tilghman | Senior Director, Wholesale, Fuels, & Renewable Energy, Tucson Electric Power
Mick Dalrymple | Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability Practice Lead, Sustainability Solutions Services, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, Arizona State University
This session features advancements and career opportunities in student learning through community service, civic engagement and personal responsibility. Local cooperative extension, universities and colleges in Arizona are breaking campus silos and conventions by creating innovative service-learning partnerships with government agencies, local businesses and communities. Join the discussion on discovering sustainability in service beyond the campus.
  
Moderator: Thomas Williams | Coordinator of Sustainability Programs, Scottsdale Community College
Mark Apel | Community Resource Development Area Agent, University of Arizona
Calvert Wichapa | Student, Tohono O'odham Community College
Narciso Macia, Ph.D. | Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Technology, College of Technology & Innovation, Arizona State University
Funding projects that improve campus sustainability is an important step in creating a campus culture that champions sustainability and empowers innovation. Having institutional bodies and mechanisms that support this function is crucial and finding ways to make it work for your campus requires thoughtful planning and support. This session will demonstrate how the Arizona State University Sustainability Initiatives Revolving Fund, the Northern Arizona University Green Fund and the University of Arizona Green Fund have become effective funding mechanisms that reward innovation and engagement while meeting the social, environmental and economic goals of campus sustainability. Collaboratively, members of the three funds will offer guidance and suggestions to the audience on how to start and operate a funding body for sustainability initiatives. Additionally, current members of the funds as well as current and past grant recipients will be available for a question and answer session.
  
Co-Moderator: Jesse James Gonzalez | Green Fund Committee Chair, Accelerated Masters Student in Chemical Engineering, University of Arizona
Co-Moderator: Valerie Rountree | Graduate Student, University of Arizona
Caryn Massey | Green Fund Committee Chair, Undergraduate Student, School of Communication and College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences, Northern Arizona University
Mayleen Farrington | Master's candidate in Sustainable Communities & Research Coordinator, Sustainable Landscape Maintenance Project, Northern Arizona University
Shayla Woodhouse | Student, Northern Arizona University
Melanie Lenart, Ph.D. | Soil, Water and Environmental Science Professor, University of Arizona
JoEllen Alberhasky | Program Coordinator, Arizona State University
The Arizona Higher Education Sustainability Conference offers a unique opportunity with our Mentorship Series to connect students with professionals who lead sustainability projects at all levels within their organizations. Engaging in a small group setting, professionals will share their expertise for students to gain insight on career development related to sustainability in various industries.
Bruno Sarda | Director of Global Sustainability Operations, Dell
Jay Ofori-Diallo | Credit Analyst Bank of Tucson & Head of Pan-African Education
Anne Reichman | Program Manager, Sustainable Cities Network
Ryan Kirane | Director of Supply Chain Management and Sustainability Officer, Mayo Clinic Arizona
3:45-4:15pm
Networking Break | North Ballroom
4:15-5:00pm

South Ballroom
Closing Segment
Keynote: Bruno Sarda | Director of Global Sustainability Operations, Dell
5:00-6:00pm
Networking Reception | North Ballroom
Day Two | Tuesday, March 25, 2014
8:00am
Breakfast & Registration | North Ballroom
9:00-10:00am

South Ballroom
This plenary session will feature high level administrators from The University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and Tohono O'odham Community College discussing the role that sustainability plays in campus planning and inter-campus collaborations now and in the future.
Moderator: Anthony D. Cortese, Sc.D. | Senior Fellow, Second Nature
Andrew Comrie, Ph.D. | Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, University of Arizona
Laura Huenneke, Ph.D. | Provost & Vice President, Academic Affairs, Northern Arizona University
John Riley, C.P.M. | Associate Vice President, University Business Services, Arizona State University
James Vander Hooven, Ed.D. | President, Tohono O'odham Community College
Carl Couch, M.Ed. | Vice President, Administrative Services, Scottsdale Community College
10:00-11:15am
The panel features an engaging dialogue about the interplay between resource conservation and behavior change. While implementing building infrastructure upgrades can significantly reduce energy and water consumption, sustainable behavior change initiatives are the key to further mitigating the carbon footprint of campus. Join staff and faculty to learn about new techniques and strategies to boost positive behavior change on campus and have a fun time doing it!

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Moderator: Nick Brown | Director of University Sustainability Practices & Senior Sustainability Scientist, Arizona State University
Nick Koressel | Program Coordinator, Northern Arizona University
Maureen King, Ed.D. | Educational, Manager, Materials Management, Arizona State University
Cori Cusker | Sustainability Coordinator, Housing and Residence Life, Northern Arizona University
Jill Ramirez | Coordinator of Sustainability Education, University of Arizona Residence Life
Rebecca Folk | School of Sustainability Residential Community, Student Engagement, & Event Coordinator, Arizona State University
A mix of student leaders and professors tell their stories of how student empowerment and entrepreneurship can lead sustainability initiatives through research, coursework and procurement to reduce campus environmental impacts. We invite participants in this session to share their challenges and to brainstorm solutions for any student-led projects on their campuses.
  
Moderator: Jesse Minor | Office of Sustainability Interim Manager, University of Arizona
Denise Mitten, Ph.D. | Graduate Chair of Adventure Education, Prescott College
Renee Guerin | Student, Green Purchasing Coordinator, University of Arizona
Chelsi Tryon | MSUS Student, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University
Marcus Lee | Student, Tohono O'odham Community College
Come for a rich discussion on ways to engage in simple sustainability acts in the classroom. We are focused on sharing ideas and developing action plans for zero waste strategies in the classroom that promote less paperwork, more savings, and more digital learning! Learn about the Maricopa Millions project with Maricopa Community College District faculty using Open Education Resources (OER). Hear ideas for course design as well as lessons learned. In addition to the resources presented, participants will have an opportunity to share and discuss digital/electronic resources for faculty, identify strategies to move forward with digital/electronic learning, and directly engage with digital and electronic tools such as Google forms, iPads and AppleTV, that are making digital learning a more viable option for education at all levels.
 
Moderator: Alisa Beyer, Ph.D. | Senior Lecturer-Psychology, Northern Arizona University
Lisa Young | Instructional Design/Educational Technology Faculty, Scottsdale Community College
Carolyn Miller | Instructional Designer, Paradise Valley Community College
11:15-11:45am
Networking Break | North Ballroom
11:45am-1:00pm
Changing behavior and engaging a broad audience is one of the most important and challenging aspects of implementing successful sustainability programs in higher education. College students spend most of their time on campus sitting in classrooms, having lunch at food hubs and engaging friends in the residential halls. In this session, the sustainability project leaders of residence life from three Arizona universities will share their successful strategies that engage students and staff to live a greener lifestyle and to transform the campus community.
    
Moderator: JoEllen Alberhasky | Program Coordinator, Arizona State University
Scott Perelstein | Associate Director for Facilities, Housing and Residence Life, Northern Arizona University
Cori Cusker | Sustainability Coordinator, Housing and Residence Life, Northern Arizona University
Nick Koressel | Sustainability Program Coordinator, Facilities Services, Northern Arizona University
Susan Norton | Program Coordinator, University Sustainability Practices, ASU Poly Campus
Elizabeth Raso | Residence Life, Assistant Director of Facilities, University of Arizona
Malinali Lopez | Recycling Research Project Assistant, University of Arizona
Jill Ramirez | Coordinator of Sustainability Education, University of Arizona Residence Life
Sustainability literacy can mean many things, but ultimately it is the ability to acknowledge and implement the balance of the environmental, social, and economic aspects of our actions. Because this concept is useful in multiple fields it is important to find ways to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum that are effective and appropriate. This panel will address the ways that several colleges and universities are promoting sustainability literacy at the course and degree program levels. Attendees will gain an understanding of how to use sustainability literacy as a way to promote systems thinking and on campus research, how to incorporate indigenous knowledge and culture understanding into the curriculum, and of the challenges and opportunities of creating and maintaining sustainability literacy curricula in degree programs.
        
Moderator: Jesse Minor | Office of Sustainability Interim Manager, University of Arizona
Paul Blowers, Ph.D. | University Distinguished Professor, The University of Arizona
Austin Pudwill | Student, University of Arizona
Ben Wu | Student, University of Arizona
Teresa Lynn Newberry Ph.D. | Lead Science Faculty, Tohono O'odham Community College
Ladd Keith | Lecturer & Coordinator, Sustainable Built Environments Degree Program, The University of Arizona
Katja Brundiers | Community-University Liaison-School of Sustainability, Arizona State University  
Darien Ripple, Ph.D. | Experiential Learning Program Manager, University of Baltimore
What better way to learn about sustainability than by participating in solving sustainability-related problems? Join us for an interactive experience where you can be both learner and teacher. Explore the tenets of experiential and transformative education, find out how you can apply them in the classroom, then put your thinking cap on and participate in collaborating with your peers in a game for sustainability. This interactive session will put your critical and system thinking skills to work and send you off with valuable resources for making sustainability an engaging topic in your class.
Crystal McKenna M.A. | Professor of Biology, Central Arizona College | Ph.D. Student, Prescott College
Rhonda Rhudy M.A. | K-12 Educator, Tucson Unified School District | Ph.D Student, Prescott College
The Arizona Higher Education Sustainability Conference offers a unique opportunity with our Mentorship Series to connect students with professionals who lead sustainability projects at all levels within their organizations. Engaging in a small group setting, professionals will share their expertise for students to gain insight on career development related to sustainability in various industries.
Yalmaz Siddiqui | Director of Environmental Strategy, Office Depot
Anna Berlin Tamayo, Ph.D. | Behavioral Research Consultant, Ameresco, Southwest
Judge Jennifer G. Zipps | United States District Judge
Nicole Sweeney | Sustainability Manager, Environmental Health and Safety, Raytheon
1:00-2:00pm
Lunch | North Ballroom
2:00-3:00pm

South Ballroom
Closing Segment
Student Summit Highlights
Keynote: Yalmaz Siddiqui | Director of Environmental Strategy, Office Depot 
Closing Remarks: Jim Van Arsdel | Senior Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, University of Arizona
Tohono O'odham Community College Student Singers
Ulrick Francisco, Amy Juan, Brenda Ventura, Yvette Ventura, Yvonne Ventura, Dlayla Wood & Jayleen Wood
3:30-4:30pm
Tours

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