Breakout Session 1

Breakout Session 1 is from 10-11 a.m. 




There’s a Slab of Beef in My Lotion?!?
Keri Lehmann & Christian Wilson, Room T105

Want to know what’s in that jar of cream you just put on your face? Of course you do! We’ll tell you how beauty products get made.  

Keri Lehmann is a wife, mother and Google addict. In between researches, she spends her working hours as the founder, formulator and CEO of Savvy Bohème (, a natural skin care company, where she commits to using only real ingredients, in their raw states and from ethical sources. Savvy Bohème is a Fair Trade Certified company. Keri gives a portion of sales to Family Legacy, a ministry that aids orphans in Zambia. 

Christian Wilson is the technician at Savvy Bohème. She is a student at Northwood University and will graduate in 2015 with a business degree in marketing and advertising. 

ThyssenKrupp Elevator: Solving Sustainability Problems in the Business World
Christine Cepelak, Room K216 

photo of Christine CepelakBusiness offers the greatest opportunity for making a difference in environmental impact. From innovating product design, to corporate social responsibility reports, learn how ThyssenKrupp Elevator is addressing sustainability issues.   

Christine Cepelak works in the Sustainability Department of ThyssenKrupp Elevator, a $2.7 billion business, and part of the larger international ThyssenKrupp AG brand. Managing sustainability initiatives in environmental transparency, reporting and product development, she observes the increasingly critical nexus of business and sustainability. Originally a social advocate, she’s spent time serving in an Indian orphanage, canvassing neighborhoods for environmental legislation and fundraising for tenant advocacy through her first Olympic-distance triathlon. Christine has a BS in International Political Economy from the University of Texas at Dallas and is supporting chair in the USGBC North Texas Emerging Professionals group.                           

My Grass Is “Green” 
Matthew Newman, Room T207  

If we were to feed nature with nutrient-rich compost, rather than fertilizers filled with chemicals, we could guarantee pet-, kid- and family-friendly lawns and gardens. This seminar covers ways to spread the organic revolution from the kitchen table to the backyard, with alternative ways to care for grass and gardens. 

Matthew Newman is owner of My Lawn Mower & Me, a natural and organic lawn maintenance company, and founder and executive director of For the Life of You, a nonprofit that uses organic diets to help obese communities. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing from the University of Texas at San Antonio. 

Best Practices of “Campus Wide” Sustainability Initiatives at Community Colleges 
Dr. Jennifer Wimbish, Maria Boccalandro, Room T233 

Presenting sustainability initiatives best practice of DCCCD colleges and creating a fun space to generate ideas on how to continue to move forward and integrate all internal and external stakeholders.   

photo of Jennifer WimbishJennifer Wimbish is president of Cedar Valley College. She began her career in education as an instructor and guidance counselor with the Corpus Christi Independent School District before she joined Vernon Regional Junior College in Wichita Falls. Dr. Wimbish holds a BA in History Education from Hampton (Virginia) University; an MA in Guidance and Counseling from Texas A&M University in Kingsville and a Ph.D. in Higher Adult and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University. Her honors and awards include the MSU College of Education's Walter F. and Mary Jane Johnson Dissertation Research Award; the American College Personnel Association Commission XI Research Award; and the St. John's Community "Unity Award" for cooperation and collaboration with area agencies in Lansing. Dr. Wimbish is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute of the League for Innovation in the Community College, in cooperation with University of Texas at Austin, and she also has been involved in a number of civic and community groups.

photo of Maria BoccalandroMaria Boccalandro is a sustainable urban planner with a master’s degree in urban transportation and a Ph.D. in political science. She is the sustainability program director for Cedar Valley College and is in charge of planning, developing, coordinating and administrating awareness and outreach in sustainability. In her role, she leads CVC on its journey to carbon neutrality and integrating sustainability into all of its operational practices and curricula. Dr. Boccalandro represents Cedar Valley College in the Dallas County Community College District’s Sustainability Team, the district’s steering group for sustainability initiatives. She is also part of the Liaison Implementation Team of the American Colleges and Universities President’s Climate Commitment. She was previously the sustainability coordinator to Mountain View College.  

The State of Texas Water
Tom Gooch and Larry Patterson, Room H226

Water is scarce. How are local water providers and the state of Texas planning to address increased demand, a population explosion and continuing drought conditions?   

Tom Gooch, vice president of water resource planning at Freese & Nichols, is a hydrologist and serves as project manager for water supply planning, analyses of water rights, reservoir operation studies, water quality evaluations, analyses of flooding, preliminary design and cost estimates for water supply projects and transmissions systems, economic analyses, and water and sewer rate studies.

Larry N. Patterson is a licensed professional civil engineer with more than 40 years of experience in the water/wastewater utility industry. He was employed by the Dallas Water Utilities Department for 30 years until his retirement in July 2002. He is deputy executive director of the Upper Trinity Regional Water District, which is responsible for operation of the district’s water & wastewater facilities and water resource planning to serve residents located primarily in Denton County. Mr. Patterson is an active member of American Waterworks Association, Water Environment Federation, Water Environment Association of Texas, American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). He serves on the NACWA Board of Directors representing EPA Region 6.  

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. 

Sustainable Design: A Womanual for Designers and Change Agents
Diana Souza, Room T164

Graphic designers can help save the world! This seminar teaches designers how to mobilize the five principles of sustainable design to catalyze conscientious creativity and transform designers into agents for positive change.    

Diana Souza, a communication designer, illustrator and instructor in the Design and Photography programs at the Art Institute of Dallas, has authored and designed an interactive teachers' workbook, “Sustainable Design: a Womanual for Designers & Change Agents.”   

How to Host a Zero Waste Event
Kim Soto, Room T107  

Zero waste is a philosophy whose practitioners conduct their lives in such a way as to send no discards to the landfill. Anything that would be considered waste can be diverted for reuse and recycling. This session provides step-by-step guidelines for hosting a successful zero waste event, examples of successful zero waste events and links to other resources to support your event.  

Kim Soto is the zero waste & residential recycling coordinator for the City of Plano. Kim started her zero waste event planning with the award-winning Plano International Festival. Over 4 years, this food-intensive event, hosting 18,000 visitors, improved its diversion rate from 12 percent to 82 percent with teamwork and collaboration. Plano’s Live Green Expo diverted more than 88 percent of its waste from the landfill for the last two years. Kim mentors and consults with other event planners to support their zero waste efforts, working with 15 different organizations to date to plan and host events for 90-18,000 participants, averaging 81 percent diversion from the landfill.