Discussion to seek cooperative approach to sustainability

SUNY Oswego will host “Communities Working Together for Sustainability,” a town-hall style meeting, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the Sheldon Hall ballroom.

The community is invited to this presentation to hear about cooperation and sustainable development.

Keynote speaker will be Peter Bardaglio, a senior fellow at Second Nature, an educational foundation committed to using sustainability principles as a basis of learning and practice in higher education. A former provost and vice president of academic affairs at Ithaca College, Bardaglio is co-author of the book “Boldly Sustainable: Hope and Opportunity for Higher Education in the Age of Climate Change.”

Jerry DeSantis, SUNY Oswego’s sustainability coordinator, will talk about the college’s upcoming creation of an environmentally advanced science building, and how this new science center will impact the campus and community.

David Bottar, executive director of the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, will discuss regional approaches to cooperative sustainability. Oswego County Administrator Phil Church will detail the county’s sustainability initiatives. The City of Oswego’s director of community development, Mary Vanouse, will present the Port City’s green projects.

SUNY Oswego has placed greater emphasis on working toward a more sustainable future, with President Deborah F. Stanley signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007.

For more information, contact SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations at 312-3492.

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(Posted: Apr 15, 2009)