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Sustainability Leadership Presentation Series

Sustainability Leadership Presentation Series

Metropolitan Community College is excited to announce the eighth year of a monthly presentation series on topics related to sustainability, energy, the environment and how they apply to you. We are committed to leading and fostering a sustainable environment for our community. Our partnerships include:

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Please see below for access information for each event.

Previous sessions can be found on the SLPS YouTube channel.

2021-2022 events

Date Name Link

October 5th to 7th, 2021

Nebraska Recycling Council Virtual Conference
This conference is $80 for attendees, $55 for students
Join the Nebraska Recycling Council for their virtual conference on
working towards Zero Waste. Sessions include Environmental Wellness for the Workplace, Best Practices for Rural Recycling, and a keynote on Strategies for Reducing Waste and Advancing composting.

See the recording on the SLPS YouTube channel

November 17th, 2021,
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Closing the Loop: How Metropolitan Community College’s Culinary and Horticulture departments reduced waste, improved soil health, and supported pollinator species
Join this virtual Zoom presentation to learn about MCC’s Culinary and Horticulture composting program. The presentation will review how the unique partnership between Culinary and Horticulture started a compost collection program and created a closed loop system that includes improving soil health and the creation of a pollinator garden. Attendees will also learn how the composting program began, how it is beginning conversations to reduce waste at other levels of the EPA waste management hierarchy, and how it is impacting the student experience.

Presenters: Brian O'Malley, Associate Dean of Culinary, Hospitality, and Horticulture; Casey Craven; Culinary Lab Technician; Tyler Magnuson, Horticulture Operations Specialist, & Culinary Liaison

See the recording on the SLPS YouTube channel

December 6th, 2021

Designing Out Waste: Conscious Design, Towards a Zero-Waste Society
Terms like “Climate Change” and “Sustainability” are recognized and understood today by many, however, one of the most important factors in achieving the globes most ambitious environmental goals is a term we hear less often, “Circularity”. A Circular Economy focuses on driving growth both economically and environmentally, going beyond simply sustaining, by focusing on practices that regenerate the planet and the resources it provides us. To achieve net-zero by 2050, we must address the way we design, produce, and utilize products and materials. How can we design our way out of waste and pollution?

Jennifer Johnson Jorgensen, assistant professor in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Amy Dishman, an NCIDQ certified and a LEED Accredited Professional with over 15 years of design experience in education, workplace, healthcare, government, and residential projects.
Sharon Baum Kuska, Ph.D., P.E., LEED A.P. is a Professor of Architecture and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Programs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture.

See the recording on the SLPS YouTube channel

Friday, February 25th, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Campus and Local Food Systems.
Join this virtual presentation to hear about how the University of Nebraska at Lincoln's director of dining, Dave Annis, is working to support sustainable food systems.

Dave started at UNL in February 2019. He previously served at the regional president for the National Association of College and University Food Services for 35 years.

See the recording on the SLPS YouTube channel
Monday, March 21, 12:00pm to 1:30pm Community Conversations with OPPD's CEO Javier Fernandez.
A discussion about OPPD's plan to meet their 2050 net-zero carbon emissions goal and impacts on UNO, other local higher education campuses, and the Omaha community.
Register here for this virtual event.

View previous recorded sessions on our YouTube channel.

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