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Breakout Session 2 is from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 
 

 

 

Drowned in Drought
Dr. Gabriel Bach, Room K216

Water played a critical central role in most civilizations and not only continues to play a key role in many cultures but also has become a major economic and political stake in the world. Water is not only a scarce commodity, but in North Texas, it has become a strategic economic and political resource. Today in Texas, we face overwhelming challenges: controlling and conserving diminishing water supplies. Such challenges include the risk that demand exceeds resources and the uncertainty of not really knowing what the future will bring. To meet such a challenge, we need to be educated about past and current water decisions in order to master future issues linked to a growing Texan population and a dwindling resource. 

Dr. Gabriel Bach was born in China, served in the French Army Corps of Engineers and was a teaching assistant at the Strasbourg Law School in France. He has more than 17 years of experience in health services management. In 1988, Dr. Bach began teaching American Government as an adjunct and in 2002 became a full-time North Lake College professor.  Dr. Bach has had articles published in many of our local newspapers as well as in U.S., French, Swiss and Canadian academic journals. Dr. Bach serves on the Board of Directors of the Irving Schools Foundation. He has served as secretary, vice president and treasurer of the NLC Faculty Association. He has organized and promoted Voter Registration Day at NLC. Each semester, Dr. Bach organizes his Government Leadership Seminars for his students. These seminars have featured community leaders including mayors, state representatives, judges, Chancellor Joe May and seven members of the DCCCD Board of Trustees. Dr. Bach is a fierce advocate of service learning and works to provide a combination of classroom and community experience in his teaching. Dr. Bach has won the Minnie Stevens Piper Award and twice the NLC’s President’s Scholar award.  

Integrating Sustainability Into Curriculum
Matthew Dempsey and Christa Slejko, Room T105 

One of the biggest challenges to sustainability is infusing it across the curriculum. This presentation will discuss some of the best practices, successes and lessons learned as North Lake College has attempted to bring sustainability to the culture of the college. Additionally, this session will solicit ideas from participants to share similar experiences on their campus. View the PowerPoint presentation of Integrating Sustainability Into Curriculum. 

Christa Slejko is interim president of North Lake College. She previously served as dean of financial affairs and then vice president of business services. Christa has a Master’s Degree in Human Development and Business from Amberton University, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from University of North Texas and an Associate degree in Business from Kilgore College. She is a board member of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Tax Increment Finance Board for the city of Irving and is a board member of Your Community Credit Union, based in Irving. 

Energy Impacts on Freshwater and Ocean Fisheries
Brandon Morton, Room T214 

Explore the trends and activities that led to our present-day “sushi craze” and how energy resource development can impact the sustainability of global fisheries. Significant attention will be given to sushi, fossil fuels and renewable energy impacts on fish ecology and global demand for fish and seafood.  

Brandon Morton is a recognized international sustainability professional in both public and private sectors. He is program manager for World Wear Project, a textiles recycling company based in Dallas. He is also founder of Energy & Sustainability Science (ESS) Research and guest lectures for the Irving Youth in Environmental Sustainability (iYES) Lecture Series at North Lake College. Mr. Morton holds a bachelors of science in biology from the University of North Texas.  

Be an Urban Aquaponics Farmer
Adam Cohen, Room H226 

During this interactive workshop you will learn the essentials of urban farming using aquaponics. You will get to see a sustainable system and see how people are using this method to feed people.   

Sustainable Energy Innovation Working Now
Keith Baker, Room T233

Effective alternative and main line cost effective methods of electrical energy production.   

Ask Big Questions for Big Solutions 
Lori De La Cruz, Room T207

Faculty who want to provide students with cross-disciplinary instruction utilizing systems thinking and a running shoe. Students who are interested in learning how sustainability impacts their everyday lives and career possibilities. 

An environmental professional, Lori De La Cruz has specialized in sustainability and solid waste reduction program management and education for almost 20 years. At Mountain View College, she is responsible for managing the campus’ climate action plan, sustainability action plan, steering committee, speaker series, greenhouse gas report, curriculum integration, community garden, composting program, professional development classes, and sustainability-related special events. She is an Accredited Business Communicator through the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and holds certificates as a Sustainability Leader, Recycling Systems Manager and Master Composter Trainer. Honors include awards for environmental and sustainability education programs, photography and magazine, newsletter and website design. 

Coppell Nature Park: A 'How to' Guide for Building Community Service That Is Attainable and Sustainable
Lou Duggan and Terry N. Hoyle, Room T215 
  

Friends of Coppell Nature Park (FCNP) was formed as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit foundation whose focus was to plan, develop and build a 66-acre nature park. After more than 20,000 hours of volunteer work, numerous projects and many fundraisers, Coppell Nature Park has become a reality. Today the park is a showcase of wooded land, 5 miles of wide trail, park signage, benches, an outdoor nature classroom, bridges, a 900-square-foot observation deck, picnic tables and bird-house habitats. The park hosts more than 130 species of birds and is home to bobcats, coyotes, beaver and other animals. Construction is nearly finished for the Biodiversity Education Center. Ninety-six solar panels, 9,400 gallons of rain-water capture and “green” construction, designed by SHW Group, make this environmental education facility a teaching tool for the entire community. Grand opening is Earth Day — April 22, 2014. 
 
Lou Duggan is a former mayor of Coppell. He served as executive director for the Friends of Coppell Nature Park foundation for 10 years and created a public/private partnership that successfully promotes sustainable community service. An owner of several companies, he has a background in local government, construction, marketing and event planning. He is a former board member of the Texoma Private Industry Council, the Texoma Quality Work Force Planning Committee, the Texoma Council of Government’s Economic Development Committee, the Public Relations Society of America and the Dallas Chapter of Business and Professional Advertising Association. He has published numerous articles and spoken to groups throughout North Texas.  
 
Terry N. Hoyle is a principal with SHW Group LLP. Since joining SHW Group in 1990, Terry has amassed more than 23 years of experience in designing and managing the development of many of the nation’s leading learning environments. Terry values the impact sustainable design can have on both operational and occupant performance. Terry designed the state’s first Net Zero school elementary school, helped Grayson College rebrand itself through a master-planning and campus-wide rebuilding program and partnered with stakeholders to design a biodiversity center. Established in 1945, SHW Group provides architecture, engineering, planning and interior design services with a specific focus on the needs of clients in education.
 

Texas Honeybee Guild Association (Invited), Room T107

A Healing Discussion on Race: Preparing for the National Dialogue
Donald Thompson, Ph. D., licensed professional counselor, Room T164 

Participants will gather around what they have in common. In doing so, they’ll be better able to listen to each other and connect. These connections tie in directly with social justice: each of us has a story to tell. Some of us face injustice regularly. Yet, when we attempt to “tell our stories,” we are regularly met by apathy. How can anyone expect a sustainable peace, without understanding and social justice? At the same time, there is a bigger picture: being able to “sustain” our nation. Until we, the people can talk about race (and other touchy subjects – like class and gender) in a productive way, we won’t be able to be the “nation” we are destined to be.