Leith Sharp to Present Keynote at 16th Annual WSC Environmental Spring Symposium, April 3-5

March 30, 2012 -- Leith Sharp, a leader in sustainability initiatives, will present the keynote address at the 16th Annual Environmental Spring Symposium at Western State College of Colorado (WSC), which will be held from April 3 to 5 at the WSC College Center Ballroom. The symposium’s theme is, "Forging a Post-carbon Future: Individual Roles and Institutional Responsibility.”

Sharp, founder of Harvard University’s Green Campus Initiative, the largest environmental campus organization in the world., will present, "Sustainability Leadership for the 21st Century,” at 7:30 p.m. on April 4. She also will lead a workshop, "Who are the Change Makers,” from 9 a.m. to noon on April 5.

Organized by WSC students in the Environmental Studies 400 Capstone class, the symposium also includes movie screenings and discussions, sustainability workshops, a local and organic dinner, music and a performance by Western’s WordHorde.

"The purpose of the symposium is to empower individuals to become the change they want to see in the world, and inspire institutions to do the same," remarked WSC student Sierra Fairfield-Smith.

A schedule of events and additional information is available at www.western.edu/ENVS-spring-symposium. This event is free and open to the public.

Event Schedule

(all events will be held in the WSC College Center Ballroom unless otherwise noted)

Tuesday, April 3

6:30 p.m.
Movie Screenings:

  • “Red Lady: The Battle for Your Mountains,” a documentary on Crested Butte’s three-decade long effort to stop a mine on Mt. Emmons
  • “All.I.Can,” an award-winning, environmental ski film

Panel Discussion: What Can One Person Do?

  • Billy Rankin: High Country Citizen's Alliance
  • Maya Silver: Office for Resource Efficiency
  • Jeremy Rubingh: High Country Citizen's Alliance
  • Erika Vohman: Maya Nut Institute

Wednesday, April 4

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sustainability Workshops:

  • All You Need to Know to Start Growing Your Own Food (2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.)
  • Bike Maintenance Basics for Fossil Fuel Free Transportation (3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5 p.m.)
  • Campus Carbon Reduction: How WSC Could Cut Emissions in Half for Less than the Price of a Textbook (2:30 p.m. & 4 p.m.)
  • Guide to Campus Activism (3 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.)
  • How to be a Conscientious Consumer (3:30 p.m. & 5 p.m.)

6 p.m. Dinner and Music
Featuring local, organic food and music by Dan Heck

7 p.m.: WordHorde Performance

7:30 p.m.: Keynote Address: Sustainability Leadership for the 21st Century” presented by Leith Sharp, founder, Harvard Green Campus Initiative

  • The keynote will explore what it takes to ignite the deep and sustained change necessary to drive environmental sustainability into the core business of higher education.

Thursday, April 5

9 a.m.: Workshop lead by Leith Sharp, "Who Are The Change Makers?"
To RSVP, e-mail Jacob Detman at jacob.detman@western.edu

  • This workshop will engage participants in exploring and evolving several key insights into how we can accelerate the transformation process necessary for driving sustainability into the core business of education (teaching and learning, operations, community engagement). Attention will be given to the day-to-day reality of how universities and colleges function and how they enable or resist change. Participants also will have a chance to share and extend their understanding of what kind of changes are needed in the short to long term and what the role of both the individual and the larger organization (governance structures, incentives, finance and accounting etc) will be in the change journey. Sharp will provide a number of frameworks and core insights enlivened with stories and real world experience from the higher education sector and participants will be asked to reflect and evolve these for their own institutional context.

2 p.m.: American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment Video Conference (College Center Board Room): What are other Colorado colleges and universities doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

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