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Clemson University Environmental Teach-In to showcase sustainability efforts

Published: February 15, 2011

CLEMSON — Clemson students, faculty and staff will focus on the environment during the Clemson University Environmental Teach-In: Solutions for the Next Decade on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

All faculty are encouraged to incorporate discussions about the environment into their classrooms during the day. The day also includes a speaker series, Green Expo and a student poster presentation, all at the Hendrix Student Center.

The speaker series will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Almeda Rogers Jacks Ballroom of the Hendrix Center. University President James F. Barker will be the first speaker from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and will give an overall view of Clemson’s sustainability efforts. From 10:30 to 11 a.m. professor emeritus Ben Sill, chairman of the President’s Commission on Sustainability, will present a draft of its comprehensive sustainability plan.

Imtiaz Haque, director of the Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), will speak on green research at CU-ICAR from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers will speak on sustainable agriculture in South Carolina.

These four presentations will be streamed live online at

Other speakers for the day include:

  • John Mittelstaedt, associate professor of marketing (1:30-2 p.m.);
  • Nick Rigas, director of renewable energy for the Clemson University Restoration Institute (2-2:45 p.m.);
  • Lisa Wagner, director of education for the South Carolina Botanical Garden (2:45-3:30 p.m.); and
  • Terry Walker, professor of biosystems engineering, and David Thornton, research associate in biosystems engineering (3:30-4:30 p.m..

The Green Expo will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second floor of the Hendrix Center. The expo will feature tables and information from various student organizations, Upstate groups and businesses devoted to sustainability. Participants include Students for Environmental Action, BMW, Upstate Forever, Clark Nexsen Architecture and Engineering, the South Carolina Energy Office, Dream Room Designs, Solid Green, the Southern Energy Network and the Palmetto Environmental Action Coalition.

At 5 p.m., a Sustainability Bash in the David Peebles Room of the Hendrix Center will feature poster presentations from Creative Inquiry teams working on projects related to the environment. Creative Inquiry is a program designed to give undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in research projects with faculty members.

“Sustainability involves every human on the planet and impacts students in every major,” said student Gabriel Fair, co-president of Students for Environmental Action and chairman of the teach-in planning committee. “We want students and faculty across campus to engage in dialogue on environmental stewardship and sustainability that day or during the course of that week. We want all students to be informed.”

In conjunction with the teach-in event, the Clemson MBA program will host a seminar titled “Sustainability in Business” from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at Clemson at the Falls, 55 E. Camperdown Way, Greenville.

The event will feature four speakers addressing the question of what future business leaders need to know to survive increasing demands of resource reduction. The speakers are John Perkins, chairman of the Alternative Energy and Sustainability Group at Nexsen Pruet law firm; Daryl Whitt, the leader of a professional team for RMT, a company that creates energy and environmental solutions for businesses; Russell Stall, executive director of Greenville Forward; and Ashley Leiti, sustainable marketing specialist for D&W Fine Pack, one of the leading manufacturers in the food service packaging industry.

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