The theme of DCCCD's Sustainability Summit this year is the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. 

Oct. 17, 2018

Dallas County Community College District wants to introduce North Texans to keys for achieving international sustainability goals.

The 8th annual Sustainability Summit will be held Nov. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Richland College, 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. The theme, Partnerships for 17 Sustainable Development Goals, focuses on how partnerships are a vital strategy in accomplishing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and will give real-life examples of successful partnerships. The event is free and open to all.

Georgeann Elliott Moss, DCCCD’s executive administrator, Sustainability Outreach and Initiatives, says that attendees can expect the same wide variety and excellent quality of speakers as in years past, but with more exhibitors and outdoor activities this year.  

“Richland College is one of our largest colleges, so we can also accommodate more people this year. We expect to have our largest turnout ever; Richland’s Performance Hall accommodates about 500 people.”  

Breakout session topics include wellness, urban wildlife and sustainable education. In addition there is special track specifically for facilities and energy efficiency managers. The Facilities Track, housed at the LeCroy Center, is in a separate building. Shuttle buses will run from the main campus to the LeCroy building. See complete listings of breakout sessions.

The morning keynote speaker, Marianella Franklin, is chief sustainability officer at University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley; the afternoon keynote speaker, Kevin Wilhelm, is CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting.  Moss says both speakers are experienced sustainability professional/pioneers.  

“Because of excellent work in which Marianella Franklin has been involved at UT Rio Grande Valley for many years, the school was chosen by the Association for Advancement in Higher Education to house one of only 13 Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum. Kevin Wilhelm is a highly successful public speaker and authored books Making Sustainability Stick – The Blueprint for Successful Implementation and Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability and Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy.”

Richland College is a national Tree Campus USA College and a ceremony with the Texas Trees Foundation and Texas A&M Forest Service, along with a tour of Richland’s Tree Farm and a lake cleanup will be featured at the summit.  

The summit is free and if you register by Nov. 5, lunch is free.

Green Source DFW is a media sponsor of the DCCCD Sustainability Summit.

Dallas County Community College District Sustainability Summit

About: 8th annual symposium featuring breakout sessions, keynote speakers, exhibitors and outdoor activities. This year's theme is Partnerships for 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In addition there is special track specifically for facilities and energy efficiency managers.

When: Nov. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m

Where: Richland College, 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas

Cost: Free. If you register by Nov. 5, lunch is included.


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