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Brighter Ideas in Sustainability

033110Headline_SubstainablityWant to find out the latest on sustainability at the system’s universities, in a variety of areas? There’s a conference for that.

And it requires no travel.

UNCG is hosting UNC Focus Forward, a virtual conference promoting best practices in sustainability on Wednesday, April 7. In accordance with its charge “to identify and recommend responsible and sustainable practices in all aspects of our institutional culture,” UNCG’s University Committee on Sustainability will sponsor a day of sessions that examine some of the best current practices of sustainability in the areas of:

  • Transportation
  • Energy Management
  • Master Planning
  • Faculty Participation Across the Curriculum
  • Housekeeping
  • Facilities
  • Recycling.

Program presenters include faculty and staff from a variety of UNCG departments as well as faculty and staff from other UNC institutions.

Participants may want to take part in one session, some, or all – their choice.

The conference was originally scheduled for spring of 2009 but was postponed due to budget concerns and travel restrictions. However, this proved to be beneficial, as the committee revamped the conference to offer a truly sustainable opportunity for faculty and staff across the UNC system to participate in an online, virtual conference using Elluminate Live. It is an online software solution that provides interactive presentations around the world. Anyone with access to a computer can “attend” the conference by visiting the committee’s web site at http://sustain.uncg.edu/index.html. There, they can access a schedule of the day’s events.

By hosting the conference online, the committee hopes to not only promote sustainability but demonstrate an alternative to the less sustainable traditional conference model that requires significant usage of energy and funding.

It apparently is the first system-wide conference devoted to sustainability.

In addition to the program presentations, UNC Focus Forward will feature “Sustainable Shorts.” These short films, produced by UNCG students, highlight a particular issue of sustainability and were winners of the UNCG Sustainability Shorts Film Competition. The films will be shown during program breaks and during the lunch break.

UNC Focus Forward is free and only requires interested participants to register on the University Committee on Sustainability web site beginning Monday, April 5. For more information, contact Guy Sanders at gmsander@uncg.edu.