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Terre Haute Agenda

GreenTown Terre Haute was held from 8am to 4:30pm ET on November 16-17, 2011 in conjunction with Our Green Valley Alliance, at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

The pre-conference agenda on Wednesday, November 16 included:

Creating a Carbon Neutral Climate on Campus (1:00pm to 5:00pm ET)

The Indiana Green Campus Network held Creating a Carbon Neutral Climate on Campus, a half-day workshop featuring working case studies on energy conservation within higher education campuses across the nation. This pre-conference session featured a panel on the IGCN’s Residence Hall Energy Competition – featuring Indiana University, DePauw University and Ball State University. Robert Koester, AIA, LEED AP and Professor of Architecture at Ball State University moderated this session.


Greening Schools: How to Save Nearly a Million Bucks by Going Green (1:30pm to 3:00pm ET)

**For Principals, Administrators and School Board Members, Parents and Teachers**

Attendees learned how Stevenson High School in Illinois has saved nearly a million dollars in the past three years by going LEED-EB. Stevenson also added a green roof, organized a green team and is integrating sustainability practices in its curriculum, among other efforts. The featured speaker for this event was Dave Wilms, Sustainability Coordinator for Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois.

Green Steps for K-8 Schools: Creating a Healthy Environment (3:30pm to 5:00pm ET)

The GreenSteps program helps eliminate or reduce potential environmental health hazards in your school through “greener” cleaning tips and recommendations for building maintenance, playground equipment, heating and ventilation, lighting, pests, classroom health triggers, paint, and pesticides. The featured speaker for this event was Karen Meliha of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.


Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student-designed EcoCar 2 was on display at GreenTown on November 17. Rose-Hulman is one of only 15 schools in the country participating in the competition to build a car of the future that consumes less fuel and reduces emissions.


The main conference event was held on November 17, 2011, and featured keynote presentations from Dr. Richard Jackson, Author and Chair of the School of Public Health at UCLA; Mia Birk, CEO of Alta Planning and Author of Joyride; and Bob Dixson, Mayor of Greensburg, Kansas.

For more information on these speakers, click here.

Main Conference: Thursday, November 17, 2011 (8:30am – 4:30pm ET)

University Hall at Indiana State University
401 North 7th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47809

7:00am to 8:30am Registration, healthy breakfast
8:30am to 9:00am Wake Up Call

Gary Cuneen, Founding Executive Director,
Seven Generations Ahead
John Harris, Principal, a5
Honorable Richard Lugar, U.S. Senator (video)
Sr. Jeanne Knoerle, Our Green Valley Alliance for Sustainability
Duke Bennett, Mayor, City of Terre Haute
Daniel Bradley, President, Indiana State University

9:00am to 10:00am Rebuilding Greensburg Green

Bob Dixson, Mayor, Greensburg, Kansas
(Click here to learn more about Bob Dixson)
10:00am to 10:15am Break
10:15am to 11:15am Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being and Sustainability

Richard Jackson, M.D., Professor of Health, UCLA;
Author, Urban Sprawl and Public Health

(Click here to learn more about Richard Jackson)

11:15am to 12:15pm Creating a Bicycle-friendly Culture

Mia Birk, CEO, Alta Planning; Author, Joyride
(Click here to learn more about Mia Birk)
12:15pm to 1:00pm Networking Lunch and Exhibits
 

The afternoon sessions will feature five tracks, including:- Food and Healthy Living
- Community Sustainability Planning
- The Built Environment – Indoors and Out
- Living Sustainably
- Green Jobs / Our Energy Future



Track One – Food and Healthy Living #1

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Title: Healthy Foods, Safe Schools: Initiatives and Progress in Indiana
Speaker:
- Marcie Memmer, MPH, CHES, Director, Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity, Indiana State Department of Health
- Juliana Piercefield, MPH, CHES, Child and Adolescent Program Coordinator, Division of Nutrition and Physical Acitivty, Indiana State Department of Health
- Laura McCarthy, MS, MCHES, Team Leader, Community Outreach & Engagement, Indiana University Health

Track One – Food and Healthy Living #2
2:15pm to 3:15pm

Title: Eat Healthy, Eat Local
Speakers:
- Stephanie Krull, Facilities Director, Indiana State University
- Robyn Morton, President, Terre Foods Co-op

Track One – Food and Healthy Living #3
3:30pm to 4:30pm

Title: Greening Schools: How to Save a Million Bucks and Go Green
Speaker:
- Dave Wilms, Sustainability Coordinator, Adlai E. Stevenson High School (Lincolnshire, IL)


Track Two – Community Sustainability Planning #1
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Title: Creating the Community Sustainability Plan for Oak Park and River Forest
Speaker:
- Gary Cuneen, Founding Executive Director, Seven Generations Ahead
Track Two - Community Sustainability Planning #2
2:15pm to 4:30pm

Title: Creating a Sustainable Wabash Valley: a workshop facilitated by Gary Cuneen and John Harris
Speaker:
- Gary Cuneen, Founding Executive Director, Seven Generations Ahead
- John Harris, Principal, a5 inc.

 


Track Three – The Built Environment – Indoors and Out #1a
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Title: Mayors Panel: Putting Sustainability into Action
Moderator: Rose Scovel, Indiana APA
Speaker:
- Sue Murray, Mayor, Greencastle, Indiana
- Mercy Davison, Town Planner, Normal, Illinois

Track Three – The Built Environment – Indoors and Out #2
2:15pm to 3:15pm

Title: Restoring the Native Landscape: The Benefits for People, the Environment
Speaker:
- Doug Bauer, Vice President, Pizzo & Associates, Ltd.

Track Three – The Built Environment – Indoors and Out #3
3:30pm to 4:30pm

Title: Brownfields: Turning Brown into Green
Speaker:
- Pat Martin, City of Terre Haute, Indiana

 


Track Four – The Built Environment
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Title: Building a Healthier Tri-State Community: How Henderson, Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties are Creating a Healthy, Sustainable Future
Speaker:
- David Isley, Director of Planning, Bernardin, Lochmueller & Associates, Inc.

Track Four – The New Green Economy
2:15pm to 3:15pm

Title: Green Jobs: How Indiana Companies are Driving the New Economy
Moderator: Max Jones, Editor, Tribune-Star
Speaker:
- Doniesa Kovalsky, Director of Higher Education Market, Honeywell
- Betsy Roberts, OnePlanetSolar
- Denise Coogan, Manager, Safety and Environmental Compliance, Subaru

 


Track Five – Living Sustainably
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Title: A Conservationist Manifesto: From Consumption to Caretaker
Speaker:
- Scott Sanders, Professor Emeritus, Indiana University, Author

Track Five – Our Energy Future #2
2:15pm to 3:15pm

Title: The New Energy Frontier: How College Campuses are Going Green
Speaker:
- Bob Koester, Ball State University
- Gary Reed, Eastern Illinois University
- Don McLauchlan, Elara Engineering / Olivet Nazarene

Track Five – The New Green Economy
3:30pm to 4:30pm

Title: Changing Opinions: Getting Media to Cover Sustainability
Moderator: Jane Santucci, Environmental Columnist, Tribune-Star
Speaker:

- Max Jones, Editor, Tribune-Star
- Shelly Keen, WTHI
- Tom McClanahan, WTWO


Track Six – Our Energy Future #1
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Title: Sustainable Energy for All: Duke Energy Invests for the Future
Speaker:
- Rick Burger, District Manager, Duke Energy