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.

Environmental Careers Symposium

Tuesday, March. 2
Noon to 2 p.m.

Are you interested in pursuing an environmental career? This two-hour online conference provides participants with an opportunity to meet and engage with professionals in the public and private sectors. This event is for anyone looking to learn about the expansive and innovative industry of environmental sustainability. It is produced by our esteemed partner, the City of Irving.

About the speakers: BThe panel moderator will be Emily Asbury, Environmental Programs Coordinator with the City of Irving. There will be several speakers at this event, including Elliot Townsend, Environmental Operations Manager with Raba Kistner, Inc.

for Environmental Careers SymposiumRegister today

Food Justice: When and Where I Enter

Tuesday, March. 9
Noon to 1 p.m.

After 20 years working in community-based retail pharmacy settings throughout Texas, it became apparent to Dr. Richard Broussard that health inequities were directly linked to the problems of persistent poverty. The economic wealth gap contributes negatively to the total average life expectancy, ranging from lack of access to affordable health care to inadequate and poor nutrition.

About the speakers:
Dr. Richard D. Broussard PharmD, CEO and co-founder of Reach Out Rise Up (non-profit); National Medical Director, Peter Johnson Institute for Non-Violence
Candace Thompson, Community Outreach Manager, Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Center and community advocate and catalyst
Carlos Martinez, Founder of Occupy Food and SOL Food Austin; LULAC Social Media Director

for Food Justice: When and Where I EnterRegister today

Walkability and Equity in Dallas: Neighborhood Infrastructure in My Backyard

Tuesday, March. 23
Noon to 1 p.m.

Learn the results of this SMU research project on infrastructure equity that connected DISD students with SMU graduate student researchers. The DISD students compared their own neighborhoods to other areas in Dallas. They used Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools called StoryMap and Survey123 to evaluate infrastructure, join research and communicate their research results and conclusions. The geospatial education curriculum developed by SMU emphasized community-driven data collection.

About the speakers:
Jessie Zarazaga, Ph.D. – Program director of the M.A. in Sustainability and Development in the Lyle School of Engineering, and the Initiative for Spatial Literacy (GIS@SMU), Zarazaga focuses on the development of educational structures which integrate community research into project-based learning. Her teaching brings together GIS mapping and global sustainable urban principles to support a range of projects in support of social and environmental equity in engineering.
Zheng Li, PhD – Candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a minor in computer science at SMU. His research topics include deep learning with Google Map API, statistical inference on categorical data and geospatial analysis.

for Walkability and Equity in Dallas: Neighborhood Infrastructure in My BackyardRegister today

A Soil Primer for the Urban Gardener

Tuesday, March. 30
Noon to 1 p.m.

What is soil? How is it formed? How do healthy soils interact with plants in nature? How can urban/suburban gardeners use nature as a guide to grow healthy, organic food without any chemical fertilizers and pest-control agents? How can you examine your own soil using simple techniques and tools? How can you fix many of the soil problems experienced in urban gardens? You’ll get the answers to these questions and more.

About the speakers: Paul Day, Dallas College Eastfield Campus Geology Instructor

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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.