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RU Sustainable?

Partnership, Participation, and a Sense of Place

Symposium - April 19, 2017, 8:30am - 1pm (with breakfast and registration at 8am - 8:30am, and lunch at 12:00pm)
Rutgers Academic Building
15 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ

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Come join fellow students, faculty, and administrators brainstorm opportunities to enhance awareness and visibility of current sustainability features at Rutgers University. This event marks the second year Rutgers University has taken on the responsibility of talking about sustainability efforts within the university community. Dean Matt Matsuda will kick-off the event, followed by Lightning Talks.

The themes of RU Sustainable? embody the idea of building on a core of sustainable values, to create a culture of sustainability that permeates the Rutgers campus.  Students and faculty are encouraged to come and participate in round table discussions.  Who should be a partner in the sustainability quest at Rutgers?  How can individuals participate?  How does the very setting of Rutgers help us to realize our interconnectedness with each other and the outside world?

Short talks by sustainability leaders will provide some food for thought, and then open facilitated discussion at the tables will be captured by note-takers.  A reflection on the salient points will provide a sense of the common theme or innovative ideas which come from the discussion. 

All of the notes will be compiled in a compendium, which can serve as a resource for ideas for the Rutgers Sustainability initiatives.

Let the powers of partnership, participation and place combine to make Rutgers even more sustainable for the future!

2017 Speakers

Dean Matt Matsuda, Academic Dean at the Honors College,  is an award-winning scholar and educator and has been a member of the Rutgers History Department since 1993. He is the author of The Memory of the Modern (1996), Empire of Love (2003), and Pacific Worlds (2012), and is the editor of a Palgrave academic series.

Bruno Sarda, Chief Sustainability Officer at NRG, is a leading practitioner in the field of corporate sustainability. As head of sustainability at NRG, one of the country’s largest energy companies, he leads the development and execution of company-wide sustainability strategy and initiatives. In addition, Sarda is a faculty member and Senior Sustainability Scholar at Arizona State University, where he teaches sustainability leadership to undergraduate, graduate and executive students. More details at www.linkedin.com/in/brunosarda/.

Jim Zullo, Executive Director - Elijah’s Promise, located in New Brunswick, NJ.  Elijah’s Promise is a nationally respected anti-hunger and anti-poverty nonprofit organization that harnesses the power of food to break the cycle of poverty, alleviate hunger and change lives!  The organization operates a community soup kitchen serving over 100,000 healthy meals annually, a social service program that connects those in need to housing, mental health, addiction and other support services, a state certified culinary school that equips low income adults for jobs in the food industry, a catering business that provides meals to low income children and seniors, and a community garden program that provides New Brunswick residents with the opportunity to grow their own produce.  Elijah’s Promise has also operated multiple innovative micro enterprises including a “pay what you can community café” and a multi-faceted farm market that increased access to local, nutritious foods including products made by the Promise Culinary School.

Jim has a long history the City of New Brunswick including serving as the interim director of the New Brunswick Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the Director of the City's Parking Authority and as a Vice President of the New Brunswick Development Corp.   Jim also served as NJ Transit’s Director of Real Estate and Economic Development and as Vice President at Timothy Haahs and Associates. He holds a Masters in City and Regional Planning for the Rutgers Bloustein School.

Joe Charrette, the Executive Director of Rutgers Dining Services, where he has spent the last twenty-eight years of his food service career. He is a graduate of Cook College, class of 1977
After gaining valuable experience in some of the finer restaurants in Washington D.C.'s Georgetown area in the late 70’s, Joe wrote the menus and wine lists for several privately owned upscale restaurants in Colorado.  He later opened some casual-theme restaurants, for a Denver based professional athlete, and then spent six years with S&A Restaurant Corporation, where he opened and managed several Bennigan’s in New Mexico, Arizona and New Jersey in the 1980’s.

Frank Wong, the Executive Director of University Planning and Development at Rutgers, and has over thirty years of experience in planning higher education environments. His office is engaged in campus planning and capital project development for the New Brunswick, Newark and Camden Campuses, as well as coordinating with municipal, county, state and local agencies on the implementation of regional infrastructure projects that impact the campuses. He recently oversaw the completion and adoption of Rutgers 2030, the comprehensive long-term physical master plan for the university. Frank holds two degrees from Rutgers University, including a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning and Design, and a Master of Public Administration. He is both a Licensed Landscape Architect and Licensed Professional Planner in the State of New Jersey. He is a member of the Society of College and University Planning, and formerly served on its Mid-Atlantic Regional Council.

Pinky Liau, President, Students for Environmental Awareness, is a senior at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. She is majoring in Environmental Science and is currently completing a George H. Cook Honors Thesis. She serves as the President for Students for Environmental Awareness on campus, where the club works on campaigns to bring about sustainable initiatives locally as well as hosting film festivals to educate the public on recent environmental concerns. Pinky will be graduating this May and will be attending graduate school in the Fall to pursue a PhD in Environmental Microbiology. For fun, she likes to go on hikes in the mountains and she sings!

Cara Cuite, Rutgers Extension Specialist in the Department of Human Ecology, 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.

Katie Ribsam, Principal Environmental Specialist for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Water Resources Program, has spent the last 13 years of her professional career developing education, outreach and community involvement programs for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Water Resource Management (WRM) program. Prior to joining WRM, Katie worked for the State’s Division of Parks and Forestry developing and implementing educational programming and held positions as the Development Director and Project Manager for the New Jersey EnvironMentors Project where she managed over 120 volunteers in their quest to educate urban youth about our environment. Katie currently manages Water Resource Management’s educational programming which includes the educational components of the Governor’s Comprehensive Plan to Restore Barnegat Bay, the NJ Water Champions Program and New Jersey Drought Watch. In addition, Katie serves as the co-chair for the Barnegat Bay Blitz which is an annual day of stewardship that engages approximately 5,000 volunteers in a one day cleanup of the 660-square mile watershed, and serves as the lead for the education and outreach components of the Don’t Waste Our Open Space Campaign to prevent illegal dumping throughout New Jersey’s public lands. The essential element to all of Katie’s work is strong partnerships, in the communities, local governments and schools.

2017 Posters and Tables

Rutgers students, faculty, and staff from all campuses were invited to display posters or host a table detailing their scholarship or organization as it relates to sustainability. ​Please complete our general registration and check off that you wish to display a poster or host a table.

Poster format is: Infographic or traditional poster @ 24” by 36”.
Questions about posters should go to Dr. Mary Nucci at: mnucci@sebs.rutgers.edu

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Thank You to Our Many Great Sponsors!

Department of Human Ecology
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
Office of Academic Programs, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers
Department of Environmental Science
Rutgers Center for Green Building
The Green Print
Dept. of Supply Chain Management, Rutgers Business School
University Facilities - Operations and Services
Engineers Without Borders USA Rutgers
Rutgers Climate Institute
Rutgers Business School
Rutgers Sustainability Committee
Rutgers Leadership & Experiential Learning
Rutgers Students for Environmental Awareness
Newark Environmental Sustainability Institute