Drowned in Drought Dr. Gabriel Bach, Room K216
Water played a critical central role in most civilizations and not only continues to play a key role in many cultures but also has become a major economic and political stake in the world. Water is not only a scarce commodity, but in North Texas, it has become a strategic economic and political resource. Today in Texas, we face overwhelming challenges: controlling and conserving diminishing water supplies. Such challenges include the risk that demand exceeds resources and the uncertainty of not really knowing what the future will bring. To meet such a challenge, we need to be educated about past and current water decisions in order to master future issues linked to a growing Texan population and a dwindling resource.
Dr. Gabriel Bach was born in China, served in the French Army Corps of Engineers and was a teaching assistant at the Strasbourg Law School in France. He has more than 17 years of experience in health services management. In 1988, Dr. Bach began teaching American Government as an adjunct and in 2002 became a full-time North Lake College professor. Dr. Bach has had articles published in many of our local newspapers as well as in U.S., French, Swiss and Canadian academic journals. Dr. Bach serves on the Board of Directors of the Irving Schools Foundation. He has served as secretary, vice president and treasurer of the NLC Faculty Association. He has organized and promoted Voter Registration Day at NLC. Each semester, Dr. Bach organizes his Government Leadership Seminars for his students. These seminars have featured community leaders including mayors, state representatives, judges, Chancellor Joe May and seven members of the DCCCD Board of Trustees. Dr. Bach is a fierce advocate of service learning and works to provide a combination of classroom and community experience in his teaching. Dr. Bach has won the Minnie Stevens Piper Award and twice the NLC’s President’s Scholar award.
Integrating Sustainability Into CurriculumMatthew Dempsey and Christa Slejko, Room T105
One of the biggest challenges to sustainability is infusing it across the curriculum. This presentation will discuss some of the best practices, successes and lessons learned as North Lake College has attempted to bring sustainability to the culture of the college. Additionally, this session will solicit ideas from participants to share similar experiences on their campus. View the PowerPoint presentation of Integrating Sustainability Into Curriculum.
Christa Slejko is interim president of North Lake College. She previously served as dean of financial affairs and then vice president of business services. Christa has a Master’s Degree in Human Development and Business from Amberton University, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from University of North Texas and an Associate degree in Business from Kilgore College. She is a board member of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Tax Increment Finance Board for the city of Irving and is a board member of Your Community Credit Union, based in Irving.
Energy Impacts on Freshwater and Ocean FisheriesBrandon Morton, Room T214
Explore the trends and activities that led to our present-day “sushi craze” and how energy resource development can impact the sustainability of global fisheries. Significant attention will be given to sushi, fossil fuels and renewable energy impacts on fish ecology and global demand for fish and seafood.
Brandon Morton is a recognized international sustainability professional in both public and private sectors. He is program manager for World Wear Project, a textiles recycling company based in Dallas. He is also founder of Energy & Sustainability Science (ESS) Research and guest lectures for the Irving Youth in Environmental Sustainability (iYES) Lecture Series at North Lake College. Mr. Morton holds a bachelors of science in biology from the University of North Texas.
Be an Urban Aquaponics FarmerAdam Cohen, Room H226
During this interactive workshop you will learn the essentials of urban farming using aquaponics. You will get to see a sustainable system and see how people are using this method to feed people.
Sustainable Energy Innovation Working NowKeith Baker, Room T233
Effective alternative and main line cost effective methods of electrical energy production.
Ask Big Questions for Big Solutions Lori De La Cruz, Room T207
Faculty who want to provide students with cross-disciplinary instruction utilizing systems thinking and a running shoe. Students who are interested in learning how sustainability impacts their everyday lives and career possibilities.
An environmental professional, Lori De La Cruz has specialized in sustainability and solid waste reduction program management and education for almost 20 years. At Mountain View College, she is responsible for managing the campus’ climate action plan, sustainability action plan, steering committee, speaker series, greenhouse gas report, curriculum integration, community garden, composting program, professional development classes, and sustainability-related special events. She is an Accredited Business Communicator through the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and holds certificates as a Sustainability Leader, Recycling Systems Manager and Master Composter Trainer. Honors include awards for environmental and sustainability education programs, photography and magazine, newsletter and website design.
Coppell Nature Park: A 'How to' Guide for Building Community Service That Is Attainable and SustainableLou Duggan and Terry N. Hoyle, Room T215
Texas Honeybee Guild Association (Invited), Room T107
A Healing Discussion on Race: Preparing for the National DialogueDonald Thompson, Ph. D., licensed professional counselor, Room T164
Participants will gather around what they have in common. In doing so, they’ll be better able to listen to each other and connect. These connections tie in directly with social justice: each of us has a story to tell. Some of us face injustice regularly. Yet, when we attempt to “tell our stories,” we are regularly met by apathy. How can anyone expect a sustainable peace, without understanding and social justice? At the same time, there is a bigger picture: being able to “sustain” our nation. Until we, the people can talk about race (and other touchy subjects – like class and gender) in a productive way, we won’t be able to be the “nation” we are destined to be.