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Lycoming College symposium to focus on sustainability

11-5-09

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Lycoming College 2009-10 Sustainability Symposium will feature a variety of activities focused on the environment. The symposium is part of the College’s continued commitment to a sustainable future on campus and in the world beyond its borders. All events are free and open to the public. Activities for the spring semester will be announced at a later date.

On Monday, Nov. 9, waste management and recycling issues will be addressed by Stephen Tucker, director, and Michael Hnatin, engineer, from Lycoming County Resource Management Services. It will be held at 7 p.m. in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall.

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, tours will be conducted that view the top of the Heim Science Building, where an 18-panel, 3 kW solar array was recently installed. The solar panel was received through a $15,000 grant from the Sustainable Energy Fund as part of its Solar Scholars™ Program. Also on Tuesday, Lycoming alumnus Stan Sloter will speak about environmentally sustainable construction as part of the Institute for Management Studies’ James W. Harding Executive Speaker Series at 7 p.m. in the Barclay Lecture Hall in Heim Building. He is president of Paradigm Companies, a development, construction and management company headquartered in Arlington, Va., with more than 400 employees and sites in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

On Thursday, Nov. 12, Lycoming students Chandler Couch and Kyle Ruhl will hold bio-diesel presentations at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in front of the Academic Center. Their presentation will highlight the steps of bio-diesel production, and applications of the technology.

On Monday, Nov. 16, “Lycoming College Going Green” will be the focus of discussion as the College hosts Dina El-Mogazi, director of the Campus Greening Initiative from Bucknell University, and Kate Consroe, sustainability coordinator, and Whitey Ellerman, associate director of operations, from Dickinson College. They will each discuss energy measurement and conservation initiatives that their colleges have completed, and how their colleges are leaders in the area of environmental sustainability. The talk will be held at 7 p.m. in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall.

In addition, Seattle-based environmental artist Vaughn Bell is displaying one of her latest projects, “Village Green,” at the Lycoming College Art Gallery in Snowden Library through Nov. 19. She specializes in installations and performances that involve living plants, multi-media video installations and public interventions.  

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