Sustainable U Events

Join Dallas College for themed events on sustainability-related topics that are timely and relevant to the citizens of North Texas.

  • Learn from local and national experts in the comfort of your own home or office
  • Topics include the three pillars of sustainability: Equity, Environment and Economy
  • You'll be able to implement practical ideas immediately

Mark your calendars and invite your friends!

There is no cost for these events, but we do ask that you register in advance.

Exploring and Visualizing Sustainability

Tuesday, April 20
Noon to 1 p.m.

Join us to experience an "Aha!" moment in sustainability issues. It can be hard to wrap your head around the myriad sustainability issues – from environmental to equity to economy. Let us show you how they're intertwined and dependent upon each other. This promises to be an insightful exploration of sustainability issues in Dallas County.

About the presenter:
Lori Delacruz Lewis is the sustainability education coordinator for Dallas College. She holds an M.A. in sustainability and development from SMU and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in urban planning and public policy at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is also an adjunct professor in public policy and sustainability at SMU. Lori has spent her career educating citizens, students and faculty throughout the region on sustainability and solid waste reduction issues.

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Engaging the Community in Air Quality Research

Tuesday, April 27
Noon to 1 p.m.

Through a project supported by the National Geographic Society, faculty at the University of North Texas have been working with citizens across DFW to install low-cost particulate matter sensors in their homes and schools to get a better idea of air quality in our region. More than that, the PMAPS team is inviting students and teachers to join in the research, from data collection to generating and testing hypothesis to analyzing and sharing results through GIS and Storymaps. This is their story.

About the presenter:
Dr. Kelly Albus is a research scientist with the University of North Texas’ Advanced Environmental Research Institute, a fellow with the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment and a coordinator for the North Texas Environmental Citizen Science (NTECS) Hub. Kelly began her career as a STEM educator at museums and wildlife centers, where she saw how motivated volunteers, educators and students could become environmental advocates who enact real change in their communities.

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All About the Agriculture Academy

Tuesday, May 4
Noon to 1 p.m.

Are you interested in completing your bachelor’s degree in agriculture? If so, Texas A&M University - Commerce has a new opportunity for you in Dallas. The Agriculture Academy, a partnership between TAMUC and Dallas College, will open for the first time in Fall 2021. Students in the Agriculture Academy will complete the first three years of their Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture in Dallas. The last year of their bachelor’s degree program will be completed in Commerce.

Three majors will be available through the Ag Academy:

  • Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Science (Broadfield)

Join us for a discussion about this new program, important dates and future events with the Ag Academy!

About the presenters:
Dr. Kara Casy, Director, Urban Agriculture and Renewable Resources, Dallas College-El Centro Campus

Dr. Doug LaVergne, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. Bob Williams, Professor of Agriculture, Food and Family, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas A&M University-Commerce

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Improving Indoor Atmospheres: Building Wellness and Sustainability

Tuesday, May 11
Noon to 1 p.m.

When you think of Trane, you probably think of air conditioning. However, Trane is also a leader in creating sustainable healthy indoor spaces. All buildings have indoor atmospheres, and some are healthier than others. This webinar will:

  • Identify the components of indoor environmental quality
  • Explain how to create healthier indoor spaces by enhancing air quality, lighting and acoustics
  • Discuss how to optimize a building’s indoor environment while balancing energy efficiency and sustainability
  • Explore concepts that apply to your own indoor environmental quality, whether at home or at work

About the presenter:
Scott Huffmaster Scott is responsible for leading Trane’s indoor environmental quality (IEQ) efforts for the U.S. and Canada. This includes Trane’s Wellsphere™ initiative, a holistic approach to building wellness that cultivates healthier indoor spaces by enhancing air quality, lighting and acoustics. Scott helps customers achieve customized, healthy spaces while aligning with Trane’s strategic mission and objectives. Since joining the company in 2006, he has connected with customers to bring them innovative, sustainable equipment, controls and HVAC service solutions. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas.

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North Texas’ Trail and Bikeway Network: Other Ways to Get Around

Tuesday, May 18
Noon to 1 p.m.

The DFW region has a population of more than 7.6 million, with an expected increase to 11.2 million by 2045. Considering the expanding population, local governments and planning agencies have been developing a regional trails and bikeways network for decades as a sustainable way to mitigate traffic congestion by eliminating short car trips, keeping residents healthy and active and offering commuters more modal choices in transportation. This network of more than 1,500 miles of existing and future facilities, with an additional 5,700 more miles on the drawing board, requires considerable regional coordination to ensure connectivity to job centers, retail spaces, schools and other essential destinations. Learn about this network of trails and bikeways, supportive efforts to expand the system and what connectivity means to the region.

About the presenters:
W.J. “Bud” Melton works in Special Projects in Halff’s Planning & Landscape Architecture Division. He’s been a specialist in bicycle and pedestrian planning since the early 1980s, especially with 25 years as VP of Bowman-Melton Associates, Inc. – bicycle and pedestrian planners. Melton has been a board member of the Greater Dallas Planning Council since 2012 and is a Technical Panel Expert for the Urban Land Institute. Additionally, he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for UTA’s CAPPA Master’s in Landscape Architecture Program and on the Advisory Council for DISD’s CityLab High School Foundation.

Matt Fall has been working for more than two years as a Senior Transportation Planner for bicycle and pedestrian modes of travel with the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Prior to working in DFW, Matt was an associate transportation planner at CalTrans, a policy analyst within the Office of the Secretary at USDOT and a transportation specialist at the National Association of Regional Councils in Washington, DC. Matt earned a B.S. in Economics and Policy from UC Berkeley and an M.P.A. from the George Washington University.

Daniel Snyder, AICP, is involved in diverse aspects of regional bicycle and pedestrian planning, including data collection, city and corridor planning studies, funding initiatives and project programming. This line of work contributes to Daniel’s vision to create more opportunities for people to walk and bicycle safely and happily. Daniel earned a bachelor’s degree in geography with a concentration in urban development and social change from Clark University, Worcester MA.

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Contribute Your Time for Global Good: Beginners Welcome

Tuesday, May 25
Noon to 1 p.m.

Help aid workers around the world as they respond to humanitarian crises like storms, floods, drought, famine, disease and refugee response. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team is an international team dedicated to humanitarian action and community development through open mapping. They work together to provide map data that revolutionizes disaster management, reduces risks and contributes to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Join us to learn about the vital assistance this group provides and how you can volunteer.

About the presenter:
Lori Delacruz Lewis is is the sustainability education coordinator for Dallas College.

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Do you have speaker suggestions for Dallas College's 2021 Sustainability Events?

We are currently developing our Spring 2021 series. If you have ideas for speakers or topics or are interested in presenting a webinar, please complete the Sustainable U Speaker Proposal Form.

 

There is no charge to attend these conferences, but you must register in advance.