Buckell holds Sustainability Symposium
PERC member school Bucknell University held its annual Sustainability Symposium for the fourth year over the week of April 4-8, 2016. The event discussed the path of the global phenomenon that is sustainability according to Bucknell’s website http://www.bucknell.edu/SustainabilitySymposium.
Dina El-Mogazi is the director of Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment’s Sustainable Design Program. She is also an adjunct professor of Environmental Studies at Bucknell. El-Mogazi talked about the importance of the symposium.
“It gives students across the state a chance to meet, network, and discuss challenges they have found in sustainability efforts,” El-Mogazi said.
El-Mogazi said that she hoped the students had a chance to learn from each other at the sustainability symposium. She also talked about wanting to give the students more confidence in their work and to help them get new ideas. Finally, El-Mogazi talked about her hope that the students were able to learn about projects. El-Mogazi discussed the kind of effect the event had on Bucknell and the surrounding community.
“Very positive,” El-Mogazi said. “Not a lot of Bucknell students could have traveled to the symposium. It gave them a chance to be active in the event and see what other schools are doing.”
El-Mogazi talked about the event changes from year to year. She explained that every year the types of projects that are discussed in the panels are a little bit different than the year before. In addition, El-Mogazi also said that there is a different group of students at the event each year and they all bring different ideas.
The first two days of the event, April 5 and 6, included screening a pair of screenings of the 2014 film Flowers of Freedom and having discussions regarding the films. The heart of the conference began on April 7 with a series of discussion panels. These panels included topics like food waste, and producing fuel for the world. April 7 also included a student poster display session which was held from 2-4 p.m., according to Bucknell’s website.
That evening there was a keynote speaker, Timmons Roberts, who spoke from 7-8:30 p.m. in Trout Auditorium, which is part of the Vaughan Literature Building. Roberts spoke about new global politics and how they relate to climate action according to Bucknell’s website.
There was a pair of events on April 8. The first was a presentation on fighting climate change on campus from 10 – 11:30 a.m. The second event that day was a discussion panel on sustainability perspectives from abroad, according to Bucknell’s website.