In This Issue:
- Special Earth Month Activities (Note: Dr Robert Bullard Rescheduled to April 29)
- Weekly Sustainable U Webinars for April
- Participate in the final “Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World” book discussion
- Miss the Sustainability Town Hall meeting? Sustainability Summit? TRACS Summit? View them online!
- Follow us on social media!
Earth Month is Coming
Earth Month is an international movement with the common goal to improve sustainability and support environmental protection.
Celebrate Earth Month with Dallas College’s Sustainability office! Enjoy nature, food trucks and speakers at Lake Cliff Park. Laugh your socks off at the climate comedian webinar, or get inspired at the annual EarthX Expo.
There are options for everyone! Don’t let Earth Month pass you by.
Mark your calendars!
Oak Cliff Earth Day in Lake Cliff Park
Sunday, April 3, 2022 Noon-5 p.m. Lake Cliff Park Dallas College Sustainability is a lead sponsor. Visit our booth and meet Marsha Jackson, the community activist who spearheaded the efforts to clear Shingle Mountain in southern Dallas.
A Comedian’s Take on “What on Earth Can We Do About Climate Change?” With Matt Winning
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 Noon-1 p.m. Virtual via Webex Matt Wining’s website Talking about climate change is no laughing matter… but we find it’s a great ice breaker! Register below to hear Dr. Matt Winning, a London-based Scottish climate change comedian, on April 20th from noon to 1 p.m. via Webex. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be entertained and educated on climate change all at the same time! Speaker: Dr. Matt Winning is an environmental economist who performs live climate change comedy and author of the book HOT MESS, set to release on April 22nd in the United States. Matt hosts the podcast ‘Operation Earth’ and has a TEDx talk about the importance of using humor to discuss climate change. Matt has a Ph.D. in climate change policy and is still an active researcher at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources.
April 22- 24Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas
Expo Earthx2022 is a place where environmentally conscious organizations, businesses, institutions and attendees gather to have fun learning about conservation and sustainable solutions that will make a difference. There is no charge to attend, but you must register in advance. Dallas College Sustainability is a sponsor. Visit our booth and meet Marsha Jackson, the community activist who spearheaded the efforts to clear Shingle Mountain in southern Dallas.
Father of Environmental Justice Sees Hope Amid Despair With Dr. Robert Bullard
Friday, April 29, 2022 Virtual Via Webex Noon-1 p.m.Environmental justice embraces the principle that all people and communities have a right to equal protection and equal enforcement of environmental laws and regulations. Dr. Robert D. Bullard is described as the father of environmental justice because he has been on the front lines of the environmental justice movement for more than 40 years. Dr. Bullard will share his knowledge, experiences, and insights on the future of the environmental justice movement. This special event is jointly sponsored by Dallas College’s Offices of Sustainability and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Speaker: Dr. Robert D. Bullard, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University.
Weekly Sustainable U Webinars for April
Redbird Mall: Developing for the Community With Peter Brodsky
April 5, 2022 Noon-1 p.m. Speaker: Peter Brodksy Past policies have left Southern Dallas underinvested and underdeveloped. 95 Ninety-five percent of office space in Dallas is north of Interstate 30 and only five percent of office space is south of Interstate 30. This means that 40 percent of the population in Dallas have to commute to and from work. Five years after launching the redevelopment of Redbird Mall in Southern Dallas, owner and developer Peter Brodsky has proven his thesis—the demand for a vibrant mixed-use development south of Interstate 30 in Dallas is a sustainable investment that generates a profit. In a forgotten part of the city that lacks almost every amenity from restaurants to medical care facilities, Peter Brodsky has been building bridges and creating partnerships throughout Dallas to attract every quality of life. Register to hear Peter Brodsky speak about the Redbird Mall development and how he hopes to provide equality to the people of South Dallas.
Road to Sustainability: Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
April 12, 2022 Noon-1 p.m. Speaker: Radhika Kanaskar The Federal Reserve of Dallas conducts economic research and gathers perspectives from our region to bring to national conversations about monetary policy. They work with the government, the financial industry and the community to ensure our banking system is safe, accessible and secure. Register to hear how the Dallas Fed practices sustainability internally and how they practice sustainability across the Federal Reserve System.
Dallas College Just Earned a Silver STARS Rating: What Does That Mean, and How Will It Help Us on Our Journey to Sustainability?
April 19, 2022 Noon-1 p.m. Speaker: Brandon Morton The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. Register to hear Brandon Morton, Dallas College’s assistant director of sustainability operations, explain what STARS is and how Dallas College ranks among other institutions throughout the world.
Save the Whales With Cetacea Conservation Center
April 26, 2022 Noon-1 p.m. Speaker: Elsa Cabrera Cetacea Conservation Center (CCC) was created in 2001, motivated by the desire of several young people to know and protect the whales and dolphins of Chile. Since their creation in 2001, they have achieved great success in scientific research, educational programs, strengthening of coastal communities and conservation policies, both in the country and in international forums. Register to hear Executive Director Elsa Cabrera speak about the whales of Chile and how CCC helps to develop nonlethal research programs on cetaceans and their aquatic ecosystems with special emphasis on threatened species.
Join Dallas College’s Sustainability Book Discussion
Did you miss the first few book discussion meetings? No worries! Join anytime.
We will discuss “Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World” by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe.
The book serves as a guide for people wanting to facilitate productive climate change conversations. Hayhoe argues that when it comes to changing hearts and minds, facts are only one part of the equation. We need to find shared values in order to connect our unique identities to collective action. This is not another doomsday narrative about a planet on fire. It is a multilayered look at science, community and human psychology, from an icon in her field — recently named chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy.
Drawing on interdisciplinary research and personal stories, Hayhoe shows that small conversations can have astonishing results. “Saving Us” leaves us with the tools to open a dialogue with loved ones about how we all can play a role in pushing forward for change. The discussion will meet twice a month, on the second and fourth Friday of the month from noon to 1 p.m.
The final discussion on Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World” by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe will be Friday, March 25 noon to 1 p.m.
Email Faye Davis to register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Limited copies are available.
Sustainability Town Hall Now Available Online
If you did not get to watch the online Sustainability Town Hall (Feb. 24), the Sustainability Summit (Nov. 5) or Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) Summit (Nov. 8-9) live, check out the recordings, which will be available online until May 31:
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