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RU Sustainable to the CORE* ?

*Curriculum Operations Research Engagement


October 11, 2017, 6-9pm (Free dinner included!)
Cook Student Center
Keynote: Jonas Haertle, United Nations Global Compact
Plus: Discussion of alternate spring break programs
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Why participate in RU Sustainable to the CORE?

To learn, share, and shape opportunities as individuals and collectively as members of the Rutgers community whereby we can foster sustainability in our lives, local communities, Rutgers, and society by connecting with the UN Sustainable Development Goals through service, education, research, the arts, or some other means. Join students, faculty, and staff as we engage with one another and members of the broader community to move forward in collective impact!

Event Speakers' Bios

Jonas Haertle (Keynote)
Head, Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), UN Global Compact

Since June 2010, Jonas Haertle is Head of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), an initiative founded by the United Nations Global Compact and leading business school associations. He is responsible for driving the mission of the PRME initiative, to inspire responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally. He provides global leadership in bringing together good practice in implementing the principles of PRME and the UN Global Compact.

From 2007-2010, he was the global lead of the UN Global Compact’s Local Networks in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East responsible for the organization of the 2010 Global Compact Leaders Summit. In 2012, in the run-up to the Rio+20 conference he set up the UN’s Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) together with UN partners. Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Haertle worked as a research analyst for the German public broadcasting service Norddeutscher Rundfunk. Mr. Haertle has written and contributed to a number of publications and academic articles on corporate sustainability and responsible management education and he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship and the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal respectively.

He holds a master's degree in European Studies of Hamburg University in Germany. As a Fulbright scholar, he also attained a MSc degree in Global Affairs from Rutgers University in the USA. Currently, Mr. Haertle is pursuing in part-time a Doctor in Business Administration program at Nottingham Trent University Business School, UK.

Professor Robert Kopp
Robert Kopp is Director of the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences and a Professor in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University. He also serves as co-director of Rutgers’ Coastal Climate Risk & Resilience (C2R2) initiative. Prof. Kopp's research focuses on understanding uncertainty in past and future climate change, with major emphases on sea-level change and on the interactions between physical climate change and the economy. He is a lead author of Economic Risks of Climate Change: An American Prospectus  and of the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s 2017 Climate Science Special Report. He previously served as a member of the National Academies’ Committee on Assessing Approaches to Updating the Social Cost of Carbon and a contributing author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2014 Fifth Assessment Report. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty in 2011, Prof. Kopp served as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy and as a postdoctoral fellow in geosciences and public policy at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in geobiology from Caltech and his undergraduate degree in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago. Prof. Kopp is a Rutgers-New Brunswick Chancellor's Scholar and a past Leopold Leadership Fellow. He is a recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s James B. Macelwane and William Gilbert Medals and the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA)’s Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal.

Rebecca Jordan
I am a professor in the departments of Human Ecology and Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources. I earned my bachelors degree in Biology at the University of Connecticut, and my masters and doctorate at the University of Connecticut in organismal biology. As a researcher and educator, I pursue an interdisciplinary research program that quantitatively and qualitatively assesses learned behavior. The questions that I address are informed by the fields of ecology, ethology, sociology, and science education. I have found novelty in applying discipline-specific approaches to interdisciplinary questions which has allowed me to forge new ground in the emerging field of citizen science both within K-16 audiences and the general public. My greatest hope is to apply my comprehensive perspective to find resolutions to relevant ecological issues as they relate to the built environment.

Cara Cuite
Cara Cuite is an Assistant Extension Specialist in the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University. Dr. Cuite is a health psychologist who studies community food security, risk communication and public perceptions of food-related issues, including food safety and genetically engineered foods. She works with Senior Nutrition Programs around the country to understand the food security, food safety, and emergency preparedness needs of homebound seniors. More recent projects have focused on communicating about weather-related emergencies as well as interventions to reduce household food, energy, and water use. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, New Jersey Sea Grant, and Johnson & Johnson. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Rutgers University and a B.S. in Psychology and Modern Languages from Union College.

Joshua Miller, Professor and Chair in the Dept. of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University
My research has focused on the relationships among vitamins (folate, B12, B6, D), homocysteine, and various conditions and disorders, including cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, cancer, and more recently high blood pressure. I served as a member of the Working Group on Folic Acid Analysis and Sufficiency for Reproductive Outcomes for the March of Dimes. I currently serve as a member of the vitamin B12 working group for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Biomarkers of Nutrition for Development (BOND) initiative. I am a member of the American Society for Nutrition and a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation. I was selected by my peers to serve as Co-Chair (2014) and Chair (2016) for the FASEB Science Research Conference on “Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, and One-Carbon Metabolism”. I currently serve as the Chair of the Chairs Council for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers, and have recently been chosen as Chair-Elect for the national Association of Nutrition Departments and Programs (ANDP). I am also an Associate Editor for the journal Nutrition Reviews.

Kerri Willson
Kerri Willson, Ed.M., serves as the Director of Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships at Rutgers University- New Brunswick.  In this department, Kerri and her team work to bridge the gap between off-campus students and the community where they reside.  They educate students about tenants’ rights and responsibilities, provide opportunities for students to engage in local community service and work with all of the faith-based communities on campus.  In addition, the department runs the Rutgers Student Food Pantry.  Kerri has over 20 years of full-time experience in student affairs including residence life, student conduct, and student involvement. 

Lorena Pedetti
Lorena Pedetti is currently a fourth year student at Rutgers University with a major in Communications/ Public Relations. She participated in an Alternative Winter Break last year that focused on Animal Welfare and Sustainability and wished to continue building her passion for service as a site-leader this year. After graduation, Lorena hopes to join the Outdoor Industry Association and use her skills in Public Relations to help change recreation, improve sustainable business and increase outdoor participation. 

Deandrah Cameron
Deandrah Cameron is a class of 2018 Public Health major who has completed undergraduate research through the ARESTY Research Program. She has been a Peer Academic Leader for both the Human Rights House and Africana House at Douglass Residential College. She has been a Participant and Site Leader for Alternative breaks with the Department of Leadership and experiential Learning for 2 years. Deandrah has Participated in the Advancing community Development Program offered by the Rutgers Collaborative to work on food insecurity in New Brunswick and she is currently working on Poverty alleviation with the Clinton Global Initiative and will be leading a trip over spring break focused on environmental conservation. 

Jordan Shyi
Jordan Shyi started at Rutgers University in September 2013 within Residence Life and is now currently in his third year as the Associate Director for Leadership & Experiential Learning. He has previously worked in Residence Life at New York University, University at Buffalo, and Seton Hall University. Jordan received his M.A. in College Student Personnel Administration from Seton Hall University and his B.A. in History from New York University. Throughout his time working with students and staff, Jordan has had a strong passion for spotlighting social justice issues within communities and looks forward to continuing that conversation at tonight’s Symposium.

Mike Kornitas
Director Sustainability and Energy. CEM and LEED Accredited Professional. Chair of the Rutgers University Sustainability Committee, member of REI and a Research Associate for the Center for Green Building. Advisory Board for AASHE.  VP NJHEPS and Co-Chair Big 10 and Friends Sustainability Committee.

Peter F. Strom
Peter is a Professor of Environmental Science at Rutgers University, where he has been a faculty member since 1980. He has a B.S. from MIT and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Rutgers. He teaches advanced courses in Biological Waste Treatment and Hazardous Waste Management as well as introductory courses for majors and non-majors in Environmental Science. His research has focused on the microbial ecology of biological waste treatment and on water pollution issues. He is co-author of a textbook, 2 patents, and over 250 papers and presentations. He has won the Harrison Prescott Eddy Medal for Research from the Water Environment Federation, a National Recycling Congress Award for work on a regional leaf composting facility, the Operator Educator Award from the NJ Water Environment Association, and College/School Awards for Teaching, Team Research, and Distinguished Alumni.  He was inducted into the New Jersey Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers in 1997.

Johnny Malpica
Johnny Malpica is a Program Coordinator at the Rutgers Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service where he coordinates the Community Research Assistant Program, as well as the GIS Civic Engagement Service Education Partnership (CESEP) program. Upon graduating in 2014, Johnny served a term as an AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow at The Collaborative Center.  In that role, his work focused on fostering sustainable community partnerships both locally and statewide. Currently, Johnny's commitment to service continues as a resident, New Brunswick Environmental Commission member, and Co- Chair for the Advocacy and Policy Work Group of the New Brunswick Community Food Alliance. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Planning & Public Policy and Geography and has plans to pursue a Master's in City and Regional Planning at the Bloustein School.

Amy Michael
Amy Michael is the Associate Director of the Rutgers’ Collaborative Center for Community-
Based Research and Service. The Collaborative Center is Rutgers New Brunswick’s only cross-disciplinary center devoted to providing students with service-based internships connected to their academic course work. In this capacity, Amy is responsible for developing and overseeing all seven of the its civic engagement programs working with faculty, students and community partners in the areas of food security, educational disparities, health, immigration and community development. Through these programs, the Collaborative connects Rutgers students to the broader community and instills in them a sense of civic responsibility and social justice. She also oversees the Collaborative’s AmeriCorps program which supports community efforts in mentoring and addressing food insecurity. She actively serves on many boards in New Brunswick including the Esperanza Neighborhood Advisory Board, New Brunswick Tomorrow’s 0-21 Task Force, the Middlesex County College New Brunswick Center’s Advisory Board, and the New Brunswick Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In addition, Amy is a founding member and active participant of the New Brunswick Community Food Alliance serving as its Membership Chair for five years. She is a founding Board Member of a new non-profit, Feeding Middlesex County whose . She holds a Master’s Degree in Language Education from the Rutgers’ Graduate School of Education and Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the Rutgers Business School.

Claudio Mir
As a visual and performing artist, Claudio Mir works with communities to help them give voice to their experiences. For the past 18 years, he has served as the Artistic Director for the Artists Mentoring Against Drugs and Violence Summer Camp which engages New Brunswick youth in art-making activities as an alternative to gangs. As a Program Coordinator for the Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service, Claudio directs the Rutgers Bonner Leader Program where students do 300-hours of service to a local non-profit. In addition, he teaches and mentors students in the Collaborative and supports faculty who want to incorporate community-based learning components to their courses. Recently, he has led a team of Rutgers students to create videos that showcase programs and issues in the New Brunswick community. In addition, he lends his expertise on many local boards and organizations including New Brunswick Arts Council, Esperanza Neighborhood Development Advisory Board and the New Brunswick Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Marjorie Kaplan
Marjorie Kaplan is the Associate Director of the Rutgers Climate Institute. Dr. Kaplan's 30+ year career has been at the nexus of environmental science and human and ecological health working at the U.S. federal government and state level, as well as for a major utility and two internationally known consulting firms. At Rutgers, she works with faculty and students across the University in developing research, outreach and education on understanding the climate system and the impacts of a changing climate across a broad range of natural, social and policy sciences. She co-facilitates and conducts research related to the work of the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance, including co-leading a science and technical advisory panel process to evaluate the most current science on sea-level rise projections and changing coastal storms for New Jersey and a working group on public health implications of climate change. She serves as Rutgers liaison to, and participates in the research of, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Northeast Climate Hub. She is a Principal Investigator of a NOAA funded project to establish a regional resiliency plan for 15 New Jersey municipalities in collaboration with the NJ Coastal Management Program. Prior to Rutgers, Dr. Kaplan worked at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection where she managed the Office of Climate and Energy. During her 22 years at NJDEP, she developed science and research initiatives related to wetlands, watersheds, forestry, fisheries, endangered and threatened species, and changing landscapes, and human health risk assessment. She holds a Masters and Doctorate (with distinction) in Public Health from Columbia University and a Bachelors Degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University.

Brian Shumm, Program Assistant, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Brian is an undergraduate student majoring in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resource Management at Rutgers. He is also pursuing a certificate in Environmental Geomatics. Brian is the Field Crew Leader for the Red Knot Strike Team where he oversees field technicians capturing data on shorebird behavior in the Delaware Bay. Additionally, Brian works on Rutgers extension projects including the Bat Outreach Program where he helps to build and distribute bat houses across New Jersey and guides Bat Walks. He is the president of the Wildlife Society Student Chapter at Rutgers.

Xenia K Morin, Ph.D. is an associate teaching professor in the Department of Plant Biology, Undergraduate Program Director for the Agriculture and Food Systems Program, and also serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Learning at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. She co-teaches Sustainability: Tackling Food Waste (11:020:210 with Dr. Jill Lipoti, among other classes.

Jeana Wirtenberg, Ph.D.
Jeana Wirtenberg is Associate Professor of Professional Practice in the Management & Global Business Department, Rutgers University. Jeana is also president and CEO of Transitioning to Green (www.transitioningtogreen.com), a training and consulting firm that helps companies and organizations make sustainability and corporate social responsibility a mainstream, routine business practice. Her book Building a Culture for Sustainability: People, Planet and Profits in a New Green Economy (Praeger, 2014) shows how to holistically integrate sustainability throughout the culture of organizations. Jeana is lead editor for The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook: When It All Comes Together, first and second edition (Greenleaf Publishing, 2008, forthcoming 2018).
Jeana was HR Director for Development, Quality and Organization Effectiveness at Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) where she led a variety of initiatives to transform the firm and build organizational capacity. Formerly, she held several leadership positions in AT&T Human Resources and Marketing. Jeana started her career in the Federal government where she was a Social Science Analyst in the Office of Research at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and led the Women’s Research/Social Processes team at the National Institute of Education.
She teaches Organizational Behavior in Rutgers MBA program, Women Leading in Business and Management Skills in Rutgers Department of Management and Global Business. She received her Master’s degree and Ph.D. with honors in Psychology from U.C.L.A.

Ming Xu
My research experience and interests have focused on the ecosystem processes, such as carbon and nutrient cycling, and plant adaptation mechanisms to climate change, such as warming and CO2 fertilization effects. I used both field experiments and computer models to investigate the complex interactions between climate and physiological and ecological processes at various scales. Many of my previous research activities were conducted at various field sites in different parts of the world. However, field experiments alone are insufficient for understanding the interactions between climate and ecosystem processes, especially at large scales. As such, I have developed empirical and process-based models for investigating climate change impacts on plant photosynthesis, respiration, and water and nutrient cycling.

Lisbeth Pineda
Lisbeth Pineda is a student of the School of Art and Sciences that will complete her education in Biology and French in May 2018. During her time at Rutgers University, she has participated with ARESTY in research of Spanish/English bilingual linguistics. Lisbeth has also been a participant with Rutgers University Alternative Break Program, focusing on issues such as HIV/AIDS and environmental conservation. Lisbeth is also a volunteer for Camp Fatima of NJ, an organization that helps provide free recreational programs to children and adults with disability. She hopes to one day work with Doctors Without Borders all the while being an educational health facilitator.

Thanks to our sponsors!

Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA)
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Governing Council
Rutgers Business School
Dept of Human Ecology
Dept of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources
Rutgers Climate Institute
Rutgers Energy Institute
Compost Club
Students for Environmental Awareness
Newark Environmental Sustainability Institute
Rutgers – New Brunswick Office of Scheduling and Space Management
Rutgers Graduate Program in Peace and Conflict Studies
Alpha Zeta
Rutgers Global