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Dallas College: Are We Green Enough? A Conversation With Latino Leaders About Sustainability

Last updated on July 17, 2020

July 23, 2020

Noon – 1:15 p.m.

Register via Webex

Dallas College’s Latino student population is growing quickly, and many of these students are passionate about efforts that protect our air, water and land. Through Dallas College student clubs and sustainability offices, many Latinos have collaborated in community conservation projects. The forum “Are We Green Enough” will be a conversation with students, alumni, and community and business leaders about sustainability projects that can conserve the environment and improve the community’s quality of life. The panel will explore how much Dallas College has achieved through its sustainability efforts, and what more can be done.

Forum moderator:

Diana Flores

Diana Flores: Chair, Dallas College Board of Trustees


Dr. Maria V. Boccalandro
Dr. Maria V. Boccalandro: Director of Sustainability & Programs for Dallas College Cedar Valley Campus
Miriam Gallegos
Miriam Gallegos: President of Cedar Valley Campus Green Club. Miriam is the winner of the 2020 Cedar Valley Campus Sustainability Leadership Award. She graduated in June 2020 with an associate of science degree from Cedar Valley.
Oriana Silva
Oriana Silva: Sustainability Intern for Brookhaven Campus. She is pursuing an associate of arts degree focusing on French, Spanish and chemistry. She is the Sustainable Development Goals Action Manager for Dallas College and produces educational videos for the Dallas Arboretum.
John Martinez
John Martinez: President and CEO of the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association, which located in the southern sector of Oak Cliff. John is Chairman of the Board for the National Hispanic Construction Association. He leads the Contractor Business Center that focuses on procurement, construction safety, and “green and LEED” building.
Ramon Cruz
Ramon Cruz: President of the National Board of Directors for the Sierra Club. Cruz is the first Latino to serve as president in the organization’s 128-year history. The Sierra Club serves 3.8 million members and supporters. Cruz has over 20 years of experience in advocacy at the intersection of sustainability, environmental and energy policy, urban planning and climate change.

This event is part of Latino Conservation Week: Disfrutando y Conservando Nuestra Tierra, a national initiative of Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF).

Event Partners:

  • Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Regional Hispanic Contractors Association 

Dallas College Employees:

Receive professional development for participating in this event.

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