SUNY Canton to run diverse Sustainability Lecture series Jan. 23 – Apr. 24
Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 5:21 pm

CANTON -- SUNY Canton’s Sustainability Lecture series will host alumni Richard A. Destito, a real estate investor and entrepreneur, to talk about how people think about urban living Wednesday, Mar. 6.

Destito, a 1998 graduate who has been featured in the New York Times, worked to revitalize one of the poorest neighborhoods in Syracuse.

"We use this series to raise campus and community awareness about environmental and sustainability issues and how they touch each and every one of us in our careers and lives," said Matthew J. Burnett, the SUNY Canton assistant professor who created the series. "This year, the speaker lineup includes a SUNY Canton alumnus with a fresh take on community development in urban centers, and a new star in LEED architecture who works in the Adirondacks."

All lectures are free and take place from 6 to 7 p.m. in Nevaldine North, room 102.

Later talks will include:

• Jesse Schwartzberg, founder of the Saranac Lake-based green design and consulting firm Black Mountain Design Build, will discuss "Making the Home That You Want with Maximum Energy Efficiency" Mar. 20. Schwartzberg was a consultant on the first LEED-platinum status home in the Adirondacks.

• Michael J. O'Connor, associate professor of Emergency Management at SUNY Canton, will discuss sustainability when rebuilding after a disaster Jan. 23.

• Robin McClellan, an instructor in the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program at SUNY Canton, will discuss "Sustainability as a Process, Not a Product" Jan. 30.

• Jon Rosales, an associate professor of Environmental Studies at St. Lawrence University, will present a case study in sustainability science called "Can We Afford to Drill for Oil in the Melting Arctic?" Feb. 6.

• Jerry J. Bartlett, learning systems manager at SUNY Canton, will offer a light-hearted examination of America's eating habits and question whether expert diet recommendations are "sustainable" Feb. 13.

• Charles R. Fenner, associate professor of Business and Public Administration at SUNY Canton, will discuss sustainability lessons from Alexis de Tocqueville Feb. 20.

• Matthew J. Burnett, an assistant professor in the Graphics and Multimedia Design program at SUNY Canton, will discuss the "Bureaucracy of Nature" Mar. 13.

• Brandon J. Baldwin, an assistant professor in the automotive program at SUNY Canton, will discuss advances in automotive technology that increase efficiency Mar. 27.

• Rich Douglass is the owner of Sow's Ear Farm, a 160-acre nonelectric horse-powered subsistence farm in Hermon. He will talk about low-tech solutions for a post-carbon world Apr. 3.

• Richard Burns from National Grid will talk about reducing oil dependency Apr. 17.

• Nicholas C. Kocher, an assistant professor for Business and Public Administration at SUNY Canton, will discuss marketing sustainability Apr. 24.

For more information about the events, contact Burnett at 386-7212 or burnettm@canton.edu.