Sustainability Leadership Presentation Series


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     Sustainability Leadership

                   Presentation Series


Central Community College wants you to join us on a journey  
We are committed to leading and fostering a sustainable environment for our community.  Help us pioneer a new future by joining us as we learn and discover during our partnership Sustainability Leadership Presentation Series

About the presentations (updates will be posted to this page as available) 
All of the presentations will be streamed live to ALL Central Community College campuses and centers, and will also be available for live viewing on the internet.  Join us in person or via the web. 
All presentations include a question and answer session.  Watching from the internet?  You can also participate in the live Q & A during the presentation by tweeting your question and the hashtag #SLPSThursday.  


Join us the 1st Thursday of the month, 3:30-5:00 pm  


Dr. Thomashow's bio:

Click here for a

downloadable PDF.

September 5, 2013 | Live from CCC - Hastings @Ram Roundup! 

Dr. Thomashow - 
A Few Stories: 
Five Topics, Five Sessions about Sustainability

Dr. Thomashow is back in Nebraska and at CCC!  Engaging, relevant, applicable – it’s about social, economic and environmental issues of today and tomorrow.  Come, hear him for the first time, or hear him speak again.  Five topics, five sessions on sustainability.  

Join us for one; join us for all!  (times are approximate)
3:30 pm:  Why Sustainability Matters
3:45 pm:  Building a Healthy Community
4:00 pm:  Green Jobs, Careers, and Your Education
4:15 pm:  Why the Environment Matters
4:30 pm:
  How Sustainability Leadership Contributes to a Thriving Community


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Jordan Garfinkle's bio: 

Click here.

October 3, 2013 | Live from CCC - Columbus    

Jordan Garfinkle - Moving Forward: Personal Transportation and the Environment

We love to be mobile. As Americans, we're accustomed to traveling when and where we want, and cars afford us the freedom to do just that. More than just a means of transportation, cars have become a symbol of the American Dream. However, the way we fuel our mobility is unsustainable, threatening our planet and our communities. Fortunately, a number of alternatives  are gaining traction across the country and around the world, including electric cars, plug-in vehicles, high-speed rail and other technologies. Amid endless information, the facts are clouded regarding these alternatives. How can our choices, planning, and long-term vision regarding transportation help foster a sustainable future for Nebraska? Understanding the challenges and opportunities are critical as we pursue a future with clean, safe, reliable and affordable transportation. Jordan Garfinkle will discuss personal transportation and the environment; we hope you join us to explore these issues. 



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  Daniel Lawse's bio: 

Click here 

November 7, 2013 | Live from MCC

Daniel Lawse - The Efficiency-Choice Conundrum: Choose Your Future

Efficient use of our energy and resources alone will not make you or your community thrive.  Efficiency is part of the answer, the other part of the answer is you. Your daily choices shape the future of your world.  Your home, family, work, and community thrive when your choices reflect the triple-bottom line of people, planet, and prosperity.



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December 5, 2013 | Live from CCC - Grand Island

CCC's 2013 AASHE conference representatives - What We Learned: Understanding Sustainability from Different Employee Positions at Central Community College

Central Community College employees, Michelle Lubken, Deb Thompson, Jerry Ryan, Ward Hooker, Dr. Robin Buckallew and Dr. Deborah Brennan share their experiences from their participation in the annual AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) conference.  From central Nebraska to Nashville, Tennessee, and with a week of learning and networking, the participants are back to tell you about their experiences.  With a diverse set of perspectives and job responsibilities, the participants will cover sustainability topics from many different angles, offering something for all those interested in hearing what they learned.





January 2014



Dr. Rowe's bio:  Click here.

February 6, 2014 | Live from CCC - Columbus

Dr. Rowe - The Good Life: Opportunities and Resources for You and Nebraska

Dr. Rowe will be discussing how to create healthier economies and more vibrant communities, including information about careers and improving quality of life.  Dr. Rowe is a national speaker who has helped organizations and institutions across the Midwest integrate sustainability for success.  She will specifically include examples that can be used right here in Nebraska.  Please join us to learn and welcome Dr. Rowe.


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  Dr. Ring's bio:
  Click here.


March 6, 2014 | Live from CCC - Grand Island

Dr. Ring - Nebraska on the Edge: How Climate Change Threatens Public Health

In this notable presentation, CCC & MCC welcome Dr. Wendy Ring, a family physician and educator in human health and climate change.  In the first part of the presentation Dr. Ring will present case studies, maps, and straightforward explanations of research findings to illustrate the many ways that climate change affects human health in the United States.  She will also discuss what this means for Nebraska, present and future. The second segment explores win-win solutions which lower greenhouse gas emissions and improve public health.  Dr. Ring has presented this presentation across the country, including at UNL and UNK, as well as Chadron State College.  Please join us to welcome Dr. Ring back to Nebraska, and to learn together about this important issue.

MARCH 6, 2014


April 3, 2014 | Live from MCC

MCC Faculty & Staff - MCC Accomplishments & Lessons Learned: Sustainability in the Classroom, Campus and Community

Hear from Metropolitan Community College’s staff and faculty as they discuss new projects and on-going initiatives. MCC has made changes to its physical campus and academic programs to demonstrate its leadership in sustainability in the Omaha region. In both large projects and small shifts in behavior, MCC is continuing to make efforts toward ‘greening’ our operations and academics. In academics, MCC has new programs including Urban Farming, Weatherization Training, and Solar Technology – to help spur the local green economy. On campus, MCC strives to reduce energy use in buildings to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions while saving on utility costs. Learn how MCC’s approach to organizational change has worked, and where their efforts continue.

APRIL 3, 2014


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Steven Rodie's bio: Click here

May 1, 2014 | Live from MCC

Steven Rodie - Sustainable Water Use and Management in Urban and Rural Landscapes: Applications for Homeowners, Institutions and Communities

Landscape water use and management is important when rain is plentiful as well as in drought.  Stormwater (rainwater that runs off any surfaces - roofs, roads, parking lots) can be managed in your home or business to mitigate flooding, enhance water quality and protect water resources - while also benefiting your landscapes.  Effective stormwater management using landscape plants and soils - including "green" infrastructure and other sustainable strategies - can be applied in the home, institution or community level. In this presentation, you will also learn about water-wise plant types, planting design, and other strategies to help your yard survive and stay beautiful even when rain is slim.  It is planting with conservation in mind.




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Dr. Ferdig's bio:  Click here.

June 5, 2014 | Live from MCC

Dr. Ferdig - The Art of Sustainability Leadership: Communication, Complexity and Change

What do we mean by sustainability, leadership, complexity and change? How do our experiences inform what we see, think and do? Are we each ready to take responsibility for (1) challenging our hardwired assumptions, beliefs and behaviors, and (2), rediscovering connection and meaning through communication and action? These are serious questions for all of us – the “sustainability choir” as well as the rest of society. Dr. Mary Ferdig presents a framework for leadership communication, action and change that can be adapted to all sorts of situations encountered by Sustainability Leaders of every shape and size!


Video: Part 1

Video: Part 2

July 2014

August 2014

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Dan McGuire's bio: Click here.

September 4, 2014 | Live from CCC - Grand Island

Dan McGuire -
Wind and Renewable Energy: Nebraska's Growth Opportunity

We are excited to welcome Dan McGuire, Co-Chair of the Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference, to launch our Sustainability Leadership Presentation Series for the 2014-2015 year! Dan will present on all topics "wind." With a Nebraska farm background and a UNL degree in journalism, he has spent his career leading agricultural organizations, and developing and advocating for state and national renewable energy policy and programs for the benefit of rural America.  As a Nebraska leader in developing wind energy programs, outreach and public education projects, Dan will discuss his experience and present information on a variety of wind energy topics. Topics will range from the economic impacts and environmental benefits of wind energy to educational programs and career development opportunities from the K-12 to college level.  Dan will also focus on Nebraska's wind energy growth potential.  Please join us in welcoming Dan McGuire, and come learn with us about this important topic for Nebraska.




Panel bios: Click here.

October 2, 2014 | Live from MCC

Panel by Bill Moore, Jim Stark, Dr. Scott Williams; moderated by Chris Swanson - Renewable & Clean Fuel Technologies: The Future of Transportation, Today

Fueled transportation is an everyday need for most Americans. There are exciting technologies that allow us to get around without the fossil fuels that destroy our air quality and climate. Three leading experts will present diverse options for fueling and powering personal and commercial vehicles, and answer your questions – about technology, what currently exists, and what the future will hold. The speakers will cover biofuels, including biodiesel, corn ethanol, and advanced biofuels from next-generation sources such as cellulosic biomass and algae. They will also cover electric vehicles and discuss which technologies and fuels currently offer the best potential for a sustainable future. Our presentation panel will describe the benefits and limitations of each, and how these technologies are shaping the future of transportation. We hope you join us to learn and grow in our understanding of sustainable transportation.





Julia Hailes' bio: Click here.

November, 6 2014 | Live from the United Kingdom 

Julia Hailes - Green Matters: How You Can Make a Difference


Presenting live from the United Kingdom, we are excited to welcome Julia Hailes as our November Sustainability Leadership Presentation Series speaker.  Julia has authored and co-authored nine books, including the best-selling, The Green Consumer Guide.  As a writer, consultant, green entrepreneur and speaker, Julia will bring unique content and learning to our monthly series.  From information on greening your home, sustainable food consumption, to electronic waste, Julia will share stories of her travels and research. Hear what sparked her interest in environmental sustainability and inspired her career in environmental communications.  We hope you join us to learn from Julia, in our journey in building and educating for a sustainable future!



December 2014



Please join us!
This presentation series is free and open to all our students, employees, and the general public.  No registration is required for students or the public.

CCC employees:  Please register for Employee Professional Development on WebCentral.  Forgot how to add an EMPD course to your record from WebCentral?  Please contact Kory Cetak, ext. 7391. 


CCC room locations and live link
All of the presentations will be streamed live to ALL Central Community College campuses and centers each month. 

Rooms for presentations (any changes will be noted here):

  • Columbus Campus:  West Ed 205
  • Grand Island Campus:  555
  • Hastings Campus:  Cedar (Dawson 163)
  • Holdrege Center
  • Kearney Center
  • Lexington Center
  • Ord Center


LIVE LINK The live link for ALL presentations (regardless of which site it is live from), can be accessed by clicking here at the time of the presentation.  (If requested, event number is: __________.To view remotely, follow the previous link and enter the event password: SLPS


After logging in, you must connect to the audio to hear the event.  Use the WebEx chat tool or Twitter (#SLPSThursday) to ask questions.


Information on previous presentations with CCC

March 4 and 5, 2013

Video of presentations and downloadable PDF invite letter 

March 25, 2013

Video of presentation and downloadable PDF invite letter

April 22, 2013
Video of presentation and Dr. Dewey's bio

June 3, 2013
Video of presentation and Carrie Hakenkamp's bio

June 24, 2013
Video of presentation and downloadable PDF slides from presentation

Written by Minetta Khan   
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 23:39