Can Hiram install more rooftop solar panels to augment our power needs? Will the College’s plans to create a “smart house” to demonstrate energy savings and sustainability be successful? What else can the College do to protect the environment, preserve the natural assets, and provide environmentally responsible, and sustainable growth in the future?
Those are only a few of the questions that will be discussed at the special Sustainability Symposium, February 22, at 5 p.m. in the ballroom in the Kennedy Center, sponsored by the Students Organized for Sustainability, Student Environmental Action Council, and Rebuilding the New World. The Symposium theme is “The Future of Sustainability at Hiram” and the event will feature a panel discussion with college administrators, faculty and students. The panel discussion is free and open to the public. It will be followed by dinner in the Dix Dining Hall. Dinner tickets cost $5 and can be purchased at the door.
Panelists include: Doug Brattebo, Director, Center for Engaged Ethics; Thomas V. Chema, President, Hiram College; Joe Hinton, Director of AVI Dining; Steve Jones, Vice-President & CFO; Sarah Mabey, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies; Bryan Nemire, ’13; Matt Sorrick, Director of Science Education; Dennis Taylor, Professor of Biology; and Danae Wolfe, ’09, Hiram College Alumna (Environmental Studies).
“Last fall a few members of Students Organized for Sustainability (SOS), were attending a seminar at Cleveland State University, came up with the idea to organize a symposium that would allow our community to grapple with the topic of environmental sustainability,” said Nathan Straffon, ’12, President of SOS. “The initial idea was to provide the opportunity for open, honest discussion on “The Future of Sustainability at Hiram,” and since then, the idea has remained almost entirely unchanged. The symposium you are attending today is designed as a semi-structured dialogue to answer questions.”