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 Sustainable Systems Seminar Series Offers Enivronmental Updates 




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Public Invited –


           SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –Understanding and minimizing society's impact on the environment, global warming policy and   the new global economy are some of the topics for exploration during Slippery Rock University's on-going "Sustainable Systems Seminar Series" which runs Feb. 4 through April 28. The lectures are free and open to the public.

                    Organized by Dr. Steven Doherty, assistant professor of parks, recreation and environmental education, nearly all of the multi-part series meets at noon Wednesdays in Room 008 of the Eisenberg Classroom Building. Participants may attend individual lectures or the entire series. The program is supported by the Institute for the Environment and SRU’s College of Health, Environment and Science.

          “Our graduate program in sustainable systems supports collaborative education and research, and this series is a way to connect with others on our campus and in our community,” Doherty explains. “Invited speakers include current students involved in thesis research and campus greening projects, former students employed in community service and sustainable business, fellow faculty collaborating in cross-disciplinary approaches to sustainability, professionals in public and private sector service, and leaders in education involved in local and regional projects and outreach. We hope those attending will help us build a dialogue to foster new and challenging approaches to ecological health, appropriate technologies and responsible lifestyles for lasting, fair and livable communities.”

The schedule (note exceptions):

Feb. 4 – “The Fabric of Life: Tensegrity as a Basis for Physical and Energetic Structure in All Life,” presented by Eric Winder, doctor of chiropractic, and Charese Lashinsky, a massage therapist;

Feb 11 – “Demand for Native Species in our Environment,” C.J. Morgante and Rod Harris, Enviro-Seeds of Slippery Rock;

Feb. 18 – “Student Food Perceptions on the Slippery Rock University Campus,” Louise Liller, master in sustainable systems graduate student, and Bruno Borsari, assistant professor, parks and recreation/environmental education;

Feb. 25 – “Environmental, Educational, Economic and Health Benefits of Energy Service Performance Contracting,” Larry Myers, energy management consultant, Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute, and Doherty;

March 3 – “Calculating Our Ecological Footprint: How Big, How Come, How Do We Compare, and What We Might Do To Reduce It,” Andrea Shannon, master of sustainable systems graduate student;

March 17 – “Sharing Lives and Ecological Values  Intentional Communities and Ecovillages: Experiences from Twin Oaks Community, Virginia, “ Kim Musler, master of sustainable systems graduate student;

March 24 – “GMO Seeds: Biopiracy, Patents and Food Security, “ master of sustainable systems graduate student;

March 31 – “The Ethical Dimensions of Global Warming Policy, “ Donald Brown, senior counsel for sustainable development, director, Pennsylvania Consortium for Interdisciplinary Environmental Policy;

April 7 – “Energy and Technology Development from the Commonwealth Perspective,” Daniel Desmond, deputy secretary, Office of Energy and Technology Development, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection;
April 14 – “A Critique of Lifeboat Ethics,” Richard Findler, SRU associate professor of philosophy;

April 21 – “Three Sister’s Research: Comparison of an Open Pollinated Maize Variety to a Hybrid When Crossed with Beans and Squash,” Nancy Heacock, master of sustainable systems graduate student;
April 23, 7 p.m., “21st Century Blueprint for a New Global Economy,” James Quilligan, director, Brandt 21 Forum;
April 28 – “Undergraduate Research and the Environment: Senior Seminar Papers 2004: A Selection of Field Research Conducted by Students in Geography and Environmental Studies,” Jack Livingston, assistant professor, geography, geology and the environment at SRU.


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