UT Campus Earth Summit: Enabling Environmental Change on Campus
Mark your calendar for the first annual Campus Earth Summit, which will take place on Saturday, March 22, at the University of Texas at Austin. It's a free conference on how to run campus environmental projects.
We'll learn new techniques for addressing important environmental issues on campus, including assessing each school's environmental impact, reducing energy use, and implementing more environmentally friendly purchasing policies. We'll study what other schools are doing to address these concerns and what has succeeded and failed on other campuses. Suzanne Savanick, the Coordinator of the Sustainable Campus Initiative Committee at the University of Minnesota, will lead the conference.
The Campus Earth Summit is hosted by the UT Environmental Center and co-sponsored by the Student Events Center, Center for Sustainable Development, and Environmental Science Institute.
Our Speaker: Suzanne Savanick
Suzanne Savanick coordinates the Sustainable Campus Initiative Committee at the University of Minnesota. She also is pursuing a Ph.D. in conservation biology and is writing a dissertation on urban ecology and college campuses.
She earned a Master of Environmental Management in environmental economics and policy from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in geology from Carleton College. She also serves as an elected Supervisor of the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District and serves on the education committee for the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
9:00 - 9:50 Overview of Campus Environmental Projects
10:00 - 10:50 Environmental Assessments of Campus
11:00 - 11:50 Energy Use and Efficiency
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 1:50 Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
2:00 - 4:00 Collaborative Breakout Sessions
- Implementing Energy Projects
- Starting an Environmental Assessment
- Changing Purchasing Policies
- Improving Campus Recycling
- Launching an Environmental Center
4:00 - 5:00 Closing
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