2016 Sustainability Conference Schedule | Webster University

2016 Sustainability Conference Schedule

Webster University, Webster Groves campus, April 10-11, 2014

Thursday, April 10, Keynote Lecture: 'The Whole Fracking Enchilada'

With keynote speaker Sandra Steingraber, followed by Q&A and book signing. 6:30-9:30 p.m, Winifred Moore Auditorium.

Ecologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized authority on the environmental links to cancer and human health and has been heralded as “the new Rachel Carson” by the Sierra Club. Her books include Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment (1997); Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood (2001), and Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis (2011).

A columnist for Orion magazine, Sandra Steingraber is currently a scholar in residence in Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. She is married to the artist Jeff de Castro, and they live in a 1000-square-foot house with a push mower, a clothesline, a vegetable garden, and two beloved children.

Friday, April 11

9:00-10:30 Critical Conversation: "Media Coverage of Global Climate Change" – Room 253/262, East Academic Building

  • Peter Dykstra:  Peter Dykstra is publisher of Environmental Health News and its sister site, the Daily Climate. He was also CNN’s executive producer for science, environment, weather and technology coverage for 17 years.
  • General Ron Keys: General Keys retired from the Air Force in November 2007 after a career of over forty years. He owns RK Solution Enterprises, an independent consultancy and is a senior advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center and a member of the Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University Board of Trustees.
  • Larry Lazar. Larry Lazar is a former climate change denier turned St. Louis climate activist.  He is currently a Leader and Mentor for the “Climate Reality Project”, and is an active member of Citizens Climate Lobby and the Natural Resource Defense Council.
  • Moderated by David Hilditch, adjunct professor of Philosophy

 10:30-10:45 Break

 10:45-12:15 Critical Conversation: "Alternative Energy Sources and Their Potential to Power Our Future" – Room 253/262, East Academic Building

  • Biofuels: Greg Gebhart (Author, Gregory Howard Gebhart, Inc.)
  • Off-Grid Solar: Tim Montgomery (Owner and Principal Architect of TMA Architects), Gary Steps (President, Butterfly Energy Works), and Josh Hill (Director of Design & Technology, Straight Up Solar)
  • Wind: Adhar Johnson (Manager, Clean Line Energy)
  • Moderated by David Hilditch, adjunct professor of Philosophy.

 12:15-1:00 Lunch (provided for registered attendees on site) Edward Jones Commons, East Academic Building 

1:00-1:30 Dessert with the General (following lunch) and Sustainability

Networking with General Ron Keys (Edward Jones Commons).

 1:30-3:00 Concurrent Sessions, East Academic Building

 A.   Workshop on Green/Sustainable Home Design with Tim Montgomery, TMA Architects; Gary Steps, President, Butterfly Energy Works; and Josh Hill, Director of Design and Technology, Straight Up Solar . (ROOM 264)

 B.    Sustainable Landscaping and Use of Green Space (ROOM 262)

  • Mary Deweese, Founding Principle-Acorn Landscape Architect and SLU Adjunct Professor: Introduction to Edible Food Forests.
  • Bonnie Roy, Principal, SWT Design: Contributing to the Urban Biodiversity Network.
  • John Wagner Ph.D, Project Manager for Economic Development at the Bi State Development Agency: Evolution of a Sustainable Park: Forest Park.
  • Moderated by Kate Parsons, associate professor and department chair, Philosophy

 C.   Alternative Transportation (ROOM 253)

  • Ross Welch, Project Manager, Core 10 Architecture: Urban Cycling: Social Sustainability and Breaking Down Barriers
  • Mike Hornitschek, Retired Colonel from Air Force and Director of Strategic Development, Straight Up Solar: Solar EVs Make Sense
  • Jennifer Allen, Active Transportation Manager, Trailnet: Neighborhood Greenways and Zero-Energy Transportation for the Region
  • Herman Krueger, Assistant Professor, Webster University: Batteries and Other Energy Storage Devices
  • Moderated by Julian Scaff, assistant professor, Art

D.   Organizing for a Sustainable Community (ROOM 102)

  • Brian Etting, Co-Leader of the St. Louis group for Citizens’ Climate Lobby: Creating the Political Will for a Livable World
  • Mary Rocchio (Manager of Regional Policy Research)& Medora Kealy (Policy Analyst), East-West Gateway Council of Governments: Measuring the St. Louis Region’s Progress toward Sustainability.
  • Linda Goldstein, President, Linda Goldstein Consulting: Getting a Community Sustainability Plan Off the Ground
  • Moderated by Don Corrigan, professor, Communications & Journalism

3:00-4:30 Poster Sessions and Book Selling (Edward Jones Commons

3:00-4:30 Concurrent Sessions, East Academic Building

A.   Workshop on The Integral Ecovillage, Union Co-op Connections with Tom Braford and Carol Braford, Irresistable Community Builders. (ROOM 264)

B.    Sustainable Building(s) (ROOM 262)

  • Catalina Freixas, Assistant Professor, Washington University: Unveiling Biomimicry in Architecture Theory and Practice.
  • Ralph Bicknese, Principal, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects LLC: Buildings That Teach: TCS Exploration and Discovery Center.
  • Gary Steps, President, Butterfly Energy Works LLC: Passive Building as a Base for Sustainable Design Construction:  Passive Building as a Base for Sustainable Design and Construction
  • Moderated by Julian Scaff, assistant professor, Art

C.   Stories and Concepts for a Sustainable Future (ROOM 253)

  • Gene Pfeiffer, Executive Producer, Gateway-TCR: The Energy that Powers Our Stories of the Future (Web television series).
  • Dan Hellmuth, Principal, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects LLC & John Woolschlager, Ph.D, Director, Center for Sustainability, St. Louis University: The ECO BLOCK: Concepts for Creating Net Zero Neighborhoods. 
  • Elizabeth Risik, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Webster University: “Sustainable Agriculture in Northern India: The Case of the Navdanya Organization.” With Miriam Garvi of National Taiwan University. 
  • Moderator: David A. Wilson

 D.   Sustainability Networking: Don’t Go It Alone (ROOM 102)

  • Aaron Young, Sustainability Planning Manager, East-West Gateway Council of Governments
  • Craig Jung, Executive Director and Green Guy, St. Louis Green Inc.
  • Jean Ponzi, Green Resource Manager, Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Moderator: Shelia Anglin Jordan 

4:30-5:30 Featured Speaker: Randall Hyman, "Arctic Oracles: Grim Prophecies from the High North"

(talk with video and photos) Room 253/262

Randall Hyman has traveled the globe on magazine assignments for three decades covering natural history and travel topics from Northern Europe to South America to Asia to Africa. His photo essays and articles have appeared in Smithsonian, National Wildlife, American History, British Heritage and various National Geographic publications. As a 2013 Fulbright Scholar in Norway and guest of the Norwegian Polar Institute, he covered field science, resource development and climate change in the Arctic.


Caitlin Zera – Student, Webster University: CSA to Campus: A Pilot Program to Address Urban Sustainability Needs

Tara Grant – Graduate Assistant, St. Louis University: Collaborative Efforts Towards Sustainability Within a University Setting: Building Partnerships Through Practicum Site Development

Sarah Burke – Sustainability Coordinator – Graduate Assistant, St. Louis University: Lessons From the Rookie Years: Building a Sustainability Program on a Shoestring Budget

WSES – Webster University Student Group – Biology Majors; Valerie Martin, Chelsea Foster, Stephanie Turnipseed, and Tess Holtmeyer: Webster Students for Environmental Sustainability

Don Corrigan – Book selling – “Environmental Missouri: Issues And Sustainability, What You Should Know”. Professor in the School of Communications, Webster University and a newspaper editor and writer.