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Nicolet College - Sustainability Fair Schedule


Sustainable Living Fair

September 25

Nicolet College

 

Schedule of Events

 

8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Bird Walk with Laura Erickson.

Upper Parking Lot-Near the Learning Resources Center

 

8:45 – 9:00
Ojibwe Opening Ceremony with Lac du Flambeau Tribal Elder Joe Chosa

Lakefront

 

10 a.m.
Wind Eagle Singers drum group

LRC Patio

 

11 a.m.
Hip Pocket, playing R & B and Classic Rock

LRC Patio

 

1 p.m.
Hip Pocket, playing R& B and Classic Rock

 LRC Patio

 

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Exhibits

Breakout Sessions

Healthy Food Vendors

Learning Resources Center (LRC)

Assess Your Individual Carbon Footprint - TC 202

 

Noon to 1 p.m.

How to Green Your Routine and Why It Matters

Featured Speaker Betsy Rosenberg

Nicolet Theatre

Award winning national broadcast journalist and green media trailblazer Betsy Rosenberg provides a summary of ecosystem decline 'highlights' demonstrating why we are in trouble – and what we can do about it. Her talk engages and empowers people to 'put on the green glasses' and look for ways they can have a lighter eco-footprint in their home, work and community environments.

Betsy Rosenberg has been a CBS radio journalist and news anchor; presented Eco Talk, the nation’s first syndicated environmental show on Air American Radio and currently presents On the Green Front on the Progressive Radio Network. She has been a regular guest on CNN Headline News and Fox’s Hannity and Colmes. She has received more than a dozen awards for her news and environmental reporting.

 

 

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Energy Conservation is for the Birds

Featured Speaker Laura Erickson

Nicolet Theatre

Laura Erickson was in the Gulf of Mexico from July 26 through August 5, 2010, looking at the impact of the oil spill on bird life. She'll share photos and video of what she saw, and talk about how our use of fossil fuels harms birds. She'll also briefly discuss both the positive potential for wind power and problems affecting birds and bats, and suggest both easy and harder ways that we can save energy.

 

 

Breakout Sessions


9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Energy Conservation & Management

The Energy Efficient Home and an Introduction to Solar Water Heating

UTC 220 This session is repeated at 11:00

Take steps to improve the energy efficiency of both new and existing homes using the “whole house” approach. Learn what to do, plus the pitfalls of doing it wrong.

Presenters: Rich Urban is a certified energy auditor and owner of E3 Home Performance Service. Marc DeBrock is certified through Focus On Energy as a Solar Thermal, Full Service Installer. He is owner of MMK Solar Thermal LLC and lives in McNaughton, Wis.

 

Healthy Diets

Uninvited Guests at your Table: The Toxins in your Food

UTC 221

Discover the antibiotics, hormones, carcinogens, GMOs, pesticides and herbicides lurking in the food you eat. Handouts on the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” foods will give you tips for eating healthy foods and leading a healthier lift.

Presenter: Karen Isebrands Brown is an organic gardener, seed saver, and environmental activist. She led the Nicolet College Sustainability Initiative from its inception in 2001 until her retirement in 2007.

 

Individual Carbon Footprint

Driving into the Future: High Efficiency Cars and Trucks

Nicolet Theatre

Learn how you can reduce your driving carbon footprint. Topics covered will include hybrid vehicles, hyper-miling, maintenance, and purchasing new vs. used vehicles.

 

9 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Ethical Land Use & Policy

Protective Zoning Ordinances: The Story of Two Counties

UTC 206

Wisconsin Counties take different approaches to shoreline protection - this panel discussion will examine two of them. Betsy Frisch will describe the Langlade County Shoreline Protective System that reduces the development footprint and restores shoreline habitat and aesthetic quality through the shoreline zoning permit process and Pete Wagoner will provide information on Oneida County’s approach.

Presenters: Becky Frisch is the Director of Zoning for Langlade County. Karl Jennrich is the director of the Oneida County Planning and Zoning Office. Moderated by Bob Martini.

 

 

10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Energy Conservation & Management

How Much Does Solar Electricity Cost?

UTC 220 This session is repeated at 1:00

Many of us wonder if we can afford to take advantage of a clean, non-polluting, free, and everlasting power source. How might the future affect our choice and how might the future be affected? Find out if a solar electric project makes sense for you.

Presenters: Focus on Energy and Mark Yeager. Mark is a MREA certified site assessor, Focus on Energy Market Provider, and a NABCEP certified PV installer. He has been working towards power emissions reductions with renewable energy technologies for over 10 years, and has focused exclusively on Photovotaic's (PV's) ability to provide clean, simple, and intelligent power for us and our children's children.

 

Individual Carbon Footprint

How to be a better steward of your yard and garden

Nicolet Theatre

This three person panel will offer a host of tips for the homeowner on restoring your shoreline, composting and utilizing environmentally responsible landscaping and gardening.

Presenters: Ben Niffenegger is the Shoreland Protection Specialist for Langlade County. Bart Sexton is senior construction manager for Sand Creek Consultants, Inc., an adjunct faculty member at Nicolet College teaching classes in soil and water, and the former administrator of the Oneida County Landfill. Brent Hanson is the owner and chief landscape designer of Hanson's Garden Village. Moderated by Ann Eshelman.

 

Healthy Diets

Sustainable Gardening: Growing your Own Food in the Northwoods

UTC 221

No matter whether you are short on sunlight or your soil isn’t great, it is possible to group your own food. Save food miles, enjoy fresh healthy organic food, and have the satisfaction that comes when you grow it yourself!

Presenters: LynnAnn Thomas and Debra Ketchum Jircik are the coordinators of the Seed to Seed Edible Garden Project. Both are UW Extension Master Gardner/Master Composter/Master Food Preserver volunteers.

 

11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Energy Conservation & Management

The Energy Efficient Home and an Introduction to Solar Water Heating

UTC 220

Take steps to improve the energy efficiency of both new and existing homes using the “whole house” approach. Learn what to do, plus the pitfalls of doing it wrong.

Presenters: Rich Urban is a certified energy auditor and owner of E3 Home Performance Service. Marc DeBrock is certified through Focus On Energy as a Solar Thermal, Full Service Installer. He is owner of MMK Solar Thermal LLC and lives in McNaughton, Wis.

 

Healthy Diets

Simple Steps Toward a More Sustainable Kitchen

TC 210

Sprinkled with culinary demonstrations, explore easy ideas that can be implemented in your home’s kitchen. These ideas for salad dressings, soup stocks, and more will promote the health of both Mother Earth and yourself, save you money, and not require a huge investment of your time.

Presenter: Linda Arndt has practiced sustainable habits in her home, the various food service operations where she has been employed, and during her 20 years as a faculty member in Nicolet College’s Culinary Arts Department.

 

Ethical Land Use & Policy

Protection for the Long Term

UTC 206

How landowners can protect the environmental, aesthetic and sustainable forestry uses of their land forever.

Presenter: Bryan Pierce is the Executive Director of the Northwoods Land Trust, a non-profit organization that promotes conservation by private landowners of natural shorelands, woodlands and wetlands in northern Wisconsin.

 

1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Energy Conservation & Management

How Much Does Solar Electricity Cost?

UTC 220

Many of us wonder if we can afford to take advantage of a clean, non-polluting, free, and everlasting power source. How might the future affect our choice and how might the future be affected? Find out if a solar electric project makes sense for you.

Presenters: Focus on Energy and Mark Yeager. Mark is a MREA certified site assessor, Focus on Energy Market Provider, and a NABCEP certified PV installer. He has been working towards power emissions reductions with renewable energy technologies for over 10 years, and has focused exclusively on Photovotaic's (PV's) ability to provide clean, simple, and intelligent power for us and our children's children.

 

Healthy Diets

Life Without the Honey Bee

UTC 221

Step into the hive of the honeybee and observe its life cycle. Hear the value of the honeybee to humanity and learn what it takes to be a beekeeper.

Presenter: Paul Goossen is the co-president of the Oneida County Beekeepers Association and a 12-year member and past president of the Iowa Honey Producers Board. He has been raising bees for decades, and has taught beekeeping in the Ukraine, Russia.

 

Ethical Land Use and Policy

Practices of a Healthy Lake: The Lake Julia Stewardship Project

Meet at the pier behind the Learning Resources Center

Come canoeing on Lake Julia and hear about how the Lake Julia Association and Nicolet College partnered for the Lake Julia Stewardship Project, an eight-year endeavor that studied numerous aspects of the Lake Julia ecosystem, from the wetlands, to the aquatic plant communities, to the fish food chain. The guiding, unique principle behind the Stewardship Project was that it is easier and cheaper to keep a healthy lake healthy than to fix one that had been ecologically damaged. During the canoe tour several different lake habitats will be viewed and discussed. Canoe tour limited to 10 people.

Presenter: Terry Rutlin. Terry managed the Lake Julia Stewardship Project. He's served on the Lake Julia Association board for the past 10 years and works at Nicolet as the college's Communications Specialist.

 

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Green Travel in Wisconsin

UTC 206

Interested in learning more about Green Travel? As a traveler what do you look for? Where do you find reliable information? How do you know what is real vs. “green-washing”? These are a few of the questions that will be answered in this session. Steve Sandstrom will describe the efforts he and his wife are making in providing a “green” travel experience at their Inn in Bayfield, WI. He will also provide an overview of the Wisconsin Travel Green Program and how it is useful to the traveler in making better informed travel decisions in Wisconsin.

Steve and his wife, Nancy own Pinehurst Inn located in Bayfield, Wisconsin. They have owned this Bed & Breakfast Inn for 15 years. Nancy & Steve have worked over the years to create an “environmentally-friendly” inn. Through a holistic approach to how they run their business, they have become known for their unique and visionary approach to operating their Inn in a sustainable manner. In 2003 they received the Environmental Stewardship Award from the Lake Superior Binational Forum for their commitment to sustainability in the operation of their Inn. Pinehurst Inn has been recognized by Bed & Breakfast .com as one of the “Top Ten” Eco-friendly Inns in the U.S. and Independent Traveler listed the Inn as a “Top Ten” Eco-lodge in the World. They have participated in the Wisconsin Travel Green Program from its inception.