Catamount Institute’s Sustainability Conference agenda

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Thursday, Nov. 18

9 a.m.-noon

Recycling Summit – Explore ways to increase recycling in the area. Panel: County Commissioner Jim Bensberg, Colorado Springs council member Jan Martin, and representatives from Waste Management, Waste Connections, Bestway and the Recycling Coalition.

12:30-1:45 p.m.

Rural Farms and urban gardens, closing the food gap – Small farms, ranches, community, schoolyard and backyard gardens can help close the food gap. This presentation will explain how to start your own community garden. Panel: Brook LeVan, Sustainable Settings in Carbondale and Larry Stebbins, Pikes Peak Urban Gardens

Reconnecting with nature: Using trails, open space and parks for health and wellness. Panel: Susan Davies, executive director of the Trails and Open Space Coalition; Casey Howard, regional director from Sen. Mark Udall’s office; Jeff Wolin, park ranger at Florissant Fossil Beds; Della Garelle, director of conservation at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

2-3:45 p.m.

Sustainable food for health and performance. Panel: Rick Hughes, school district 11; Beth Gentry, Bon Appetit; Terri Moreman, the United States Olympic Committee, and Nanna Meyer, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Personal Sustainability – Strong bodies. Panel: Michelle Teets, health promotion officer at the U.S. Army Public Health Command; Jerriann Hance, Evans Army Community Hospital; John Register, Paralympic Academy Youth Outreach Program.

4-6 p.m.

Sustainable State of the Region and sustainability awards.

Eric Drummond, Catamount Institute board member

Dennis Hisey, chairman of the El Paso County Board of Commissioners

Margaret Sabin, CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services

Lionel Rivera, mayor of Colorado Springs

Col. Bob McLaughlin, garrison commander at Fort Carson

Mike Kazmierski, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp.

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Reception and vendor expo

Friday, Nov. 19

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Keynote address: Corporate and consumer responsibility. Speaker: Fedele Bauccio, Bon Appetit Management Co.

10-11:30 a.m.

Analysis: Future of Housing. Justin Wilson, Building Performance Solutions.

Food for Thought

Presenters: Fedele Bauccio, Bon Appetit Management Co.; Rich Hughes, Colorado Springs Public School District 11.

Streetcars: Sexy and Sustainable

Val Snyder, URS Corps Consultants; Bill Fischer, AIA; J. David Thorpe, Streetcar Task Force; Steve Engle, Griffis-Blessing.

Personal Sustainability: Strong Minds

Col. Thomas D. Vail, headquarters Department of the Army, comprehensive soldier fitness; Kathleen Azar, clinical director, Army Substance Abuse Program; Aspen Pointe.

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Luncheon and Keynote address by Randy Udall

1:45-3:15 p.m.

Toward Net Zero. Mike Kaufman, Ambient Energy; Russell Hume, Air Force academy

Greening the Home Industry. Larry Gilliland, LGA Studios; Ryan Riesterer of Ryan C. Riesterer Legal Services and Consulting; Erik Foster of Moye/White Law Firm; and Sean Smith of Sean Smith and Co.

Managing risk making money – the sustainability way. Anita Burke, International Sustainable Business Adviser

Personal sustainability – strong families. Col. Todd A. Heussner, Task Force Ivy Commander, Fourth Infantry Division; Armanda Hunt, director, Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation; Jill and Nathaniel Nugin, Family advocacy Program and Master Resiliency Training Program.

3:30 -4:30 p.m.

Watershed to Waterspout. Paul Lander, Dakota Ridge Partners

Helping those in need: Sustainable development and social justice. Paul Johnson, Habitat for Humanity; Howard Brooks, Energy Resource Center

Unintended Consequences: The effect of budget cuts on the working poor, transit, parks and streetlights. Nick Kittle, city of Colorado Springs Public Works.

Personal Sustainability: Resilient workforce

Nina Peterson, Wisdom Works

4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Sustain the Buzz: Going Global. Jim Ciletti, Pikes Peak poet laureate.

Buy Well Fair Trade Coffee: Christopher Abby will share his firsthand experience with coffee farmers and how fair trade products promote sustainability socially, environmentally and economically.