Community invited to discuss sustainable living

Residents and elected representatives are invited to a town hall meeting titled “Global Climate Change and the Energy Future of Our Community” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Hall ballroom.

The second installment of the college-supported Science Cafe series will feature guest speaker Bob Bechtold, president of Harbec Plastics, discussing how he has developed a sustainable green business.

“Bob Bechtold is a leader in the business community implementing low-carbon emission practices,” said organizer Kestas Bendinskas of SUNY Oswego’s chemistry department. “His experience shows that it is feasible. It is inspirational to see that someone can run a plastics business on solar, wind and biofuels.”

The event also aims “to decide what we can do in this county practically to address our energy issues and our carbon footprint,” Bendinskas said. Elected officials will attend and interact with the community in related roundtable discussions, he added.

“The list of suggestions generated at the last meeting and several very definite questions will be discussed, and our community leaders will report, in the town hall meeting format, what they have decided to do or have done,” Bendinskas said.

The American Chemical Society, SUNY Oswego and the college’s Auxiliary Services sponsor the meeting. It is also part of SUNY Oswego’s Focus the Nation programs focusing on sustainable living.

For more information, call 312-3677.

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CONTACT: Dr. Kestas Bendiskas,

(Posted: Mar 05, 2009)