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11th Annual Global Environmental Sustainability Symposium

March 29


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Food, Farming, & Sustainability

March 29, 2018
Central Connecticut State University


Come join us as we examine contemporary challenges facing society regarding food and farming systems and policies.
If you would like to contribute a presentation or poster, please contact Dr. Charles Button
Email: Buttonche@ccsu.edu     Phone: 860-832-2788

The CCSU Global Environmental Sustainability Action Coalition (GESAC) invites you to learn and teach about the actions humans must take to ensure that our children and grandchildren will experience
a life of peace, health, and harmony with our one and only home -EARTH.

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9:30 – 10:00 AM

Student Center, Alumni Hall

Welcome & Opening

Welcome: Charles E. Button, Ph.D., GESAC Founder & Chair, & CCSU Professor of Geography & Sustainability
Opening Address: Zulma Toro, Ph.D., CCSU President (invited)
10:00 – 10:45 AM

Student Center, Alumni Hall

L.E.A.P. Into Sustainability with 5th Grade Students from the New Britain School District

Jennifer Amalfa, Teacher, New Britain Gifted/LEAP Program, Consolidated School District of New Britain, CT
Chris Oriola, Teacher, New Britain Gifted/LEAP Program, Consolidated School District of New Britain, CT
New Britain 5th Grade Gifted/LEAP Students

Students from the New Britain L.E.A.P. will present their research posters.

11:00 – 11:45 AM

Student Center, Alumni Hall

Sustainability Education, Processes and Programs at Central Connecticut State University

Charles E. Button, Ph.D., GESAC Founder & Chair, & CCSU Professor of Geography & Sustainability
Karen Misbach, Director, CCSU Environmental Health, Safety & Sustainability

In 2007, the President of Central Connecticut State University signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, pledging CCSU to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.   Presenters will discuss institutional successes and future challenges for academic programs and facilities management operations of CCSU that seek to transition the campus towards a climate neutral reality.

12:00 – 12:45 PM

Student Center, Alumni Hall

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Lunch & A Storytelling Magic Show of Monsters, Magic and Too Much Trash

Cyril the Sorcerer

Lunch time entertainment will be provided by CJ May performing “Recycling is Magic” as Cyril the Sorcerer. For 10 years CJ has performed this show for audiences in Connecticut and around the country. He is still making improvements, however, and will solicit suggestions from audience members on both theatrical as well as environmental aspects of the show.

1:00 – 1:45 PM

Student Center, Alumni Hall




2:00 – 2:45 PM

Student Center, Alumni Hall

Is the Future Vegan?

Mary Lawrence, Executive Chef, Well on Wheels
In this provocative presentation you will learn how animal agriculture harms animals, damages ecosystems, compromises human health, contributes to world hunger, promotes social injustice, and is destroying our planet… and what you can do to stop it.

3:00 – 3:45 PM

Student Center, Alumni Hall

Keynote Address: Environmental Justice and Farm Labor

Rebecca E. Berkey, Ph.D., Director of Service-Learning at Northeastern University & Author

Description: This address will discuss who labors in US agriculture and the justice-related issues facing these workers, including occupational injury and illness, lack of access to healthcare, substandard housing, hunger, low wages, issues pertaining to immigration, and the inability to organize. Dr. Berkey will expound upon justice claims and the role of grassroots activism in improving justice outcomes by highlighting organizations operating at multiple scales to contribute to the livelihood of farmers and laborers in the different areas of agriculture.
Following her keynote, Dr. Berkey will be signing copies of her book, Environmental Justice and Farm Workers.

4:00 – 6:00 PM

Student Center, Alumni Hall

Illustrated Poster Session, Sustainability Fair & Social

Interact with presenters of scholarly posters, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and governmental agencies that offer sustainability information, jobs/internships, and service to society. Socialize with other sustainability enthusiasts, and enjoy the sweet jazz stylings of Brown Paper Sax.

Jazz Music provided by Brown Paper Sax

Sustainability Fair Exhibitors
If your organization, governmental agency, or business wishes to have an exhibit, email 
Dr. Charles Button: Buttonche@CCSU.edu
(click on vendor’s name to see their website):

CCSU Geography Department (confirmed)
CCSU Sustainability Studies (confirmed)
CCSU Public History Program ( )
CCSU Office of Environmental Health & Safety and Sustainability (confirmed)
Connecticut League of Conservation Voters ( )
Connecticut Preservation Action ( )
Connecticut Sierra Club ( )

Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation ( ) 
CT rides ( )  
CT fastrak ( )
Direct Energy Solar ( )
Global Environmental Sustainability Action Coalition 
New Britain Roots ( )
Protect Our Watersheds ( )
The ReConnstruction Center ( )
Rocky Corner Co-housing Community ( )
Solar City ( )
Solar Energy Association of Connecticut ( )
Urban Miners ( )
USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service (invited)
350CT.org ( )

and others

6:00 – 6:15 PM

Student Center, Alumni Hall

Closing Remarks

Charles E. Button, Ph.D., GESAC Founder & Chair and CCSU Professor of Geography & Sustainability



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