January 11, 2002
University of Maine at Fort Kent assistant professor of environmental studies, Kim Borges-Therien, will participate in an educational workshop for New England colleges and universities at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts on January 15th.
The workshop entitled "Next Steps in Environmentally Sustainable Practices" is a joint effort of the Tufts Climate Initiative of Tufts University and EPA New England. It will provide participants the opportunity to hear from individual institutions about their experiences in planning and implementing environmentally sustainable practices and their future plans.
The purpose of the workshop is to encourage higher education institutions to enhance their individual environmental profiles supported by a network of sustainable campus practitioners in schools across New England.
Lawrence S. Bacow, president of Tufts University will present the welcome and opening remarks. Guest speakers include Sarah Hammond-Creighton, program manager of Tufts Climate Initiative; Eric Friedman, state sustainability coordinator at the Massachusetts Office of Environmental Affairs; Ralph Stuart, environmental safety manager, University of Vermont; and Nan Jenks-Jay, director of environmental affairs, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont.
Individuals responsible for a range of campus operations pertaining to environmentally sustainable practices will participate in the daylong workshop. This includes administration, environmental coordinators, environmental health and safety staff, facilities managers and faculty.
The morning session will serve as a forum for college and university representatives to learn about sustainable practices existing at New England colleges and universities. Case studies will be presented by some "green" leader-campuses emphasizing commonly encountered obstacles and their practical solutions, lessons learned in planning and implementation, and financing new projects.
The afternoon will consist of breakout sessions where participants will discuss the tools, resources and services currently available to pursue projects and practices covering a wide range of subject matter areas that can form the elements of a "green" campus. Active dialogue and networking is encouraged to allow representation of schools just starting on the path to sustainable practices, as well as those already well along, allowing participants to learn from one another. A summary of the breakout sessions will conclude the workshop.
The workshop will provide input from a variety of professional vantage points that will help EPA New England, colleges and universities interested in peer-mentoring, and other interested parties to understand the needs of individual institutions and then make available specific resources and practical assistance tools to them.