2020 Sustainability Symposium Program

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8:30- 9:30

Student Summit

Cascade Hall


Registration and Coffee

Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building (MAHB) Lobby


Morning Ceremony and Speakers

Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building (MAHB) Auditorium

Opening Ceremony and Welcome Remarks

GPSEN Executive Director Neeraja Havaligi

PCC President Mark Mitsui

Opening Keynote

It Takes an Ocean

Makerusa “Mak” Porotesano, M.Ed, Multicultural Center Coordinator, Portland Community College

Opening Plenary Panel

The Power of Community Organizing

Panel Presenters:  Multicultural Center Coordinator, Portland Community College


Live Like We Never Have

Jacy Weyer, Industry (PDX)

Ecological Rehabilitation Through Art

Shelby Silver, Artist & PCC student, Salt of Earth & Sea Studio



Student Union Building

College Network Lunch Break-Out
Art and Poster Exhibits

Break-Out Sessions

CH 205 CH 210 CH 301 CH 305 CH 307

Earth Charter 2020: Turning Conscience into Action

Serena Dressel, Axiom and GPSEN, and Tahira Abbas, GPSEN and SAGE Fellow


Holding the Candle High  – Business is Driving toward Conscious Capitalism

Kymm Nelsen,  CCPortland and Being First, Inc.

400 Cigarettes a Day – The Killer You Didn’t Know Existed

Forest Resener, StoveTeam International

The Ecosystem Services of Connectivity

Eric Butler, Freelance ecologist, Portland State University

Student Sustainability Leadership Development at PSU – Cultivating Holistic Leaders

Megan Schneider and Laihha Moss-Novak, Portland State University

Ecological Economics, Renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty and the SDGs

Greg Cermak, Science Communications and Data Analytics, NASA

The Power of Divestment

Michelle Bates, PSU Environmental Club and Billy Fish, Reed College Senator

Made in Ghana – How to add value, create employment, and develop sustainable industries around natural resources

Tabatha Rood, BamCashea

Agrobiodiversity in Context of Food Security 

S. Nicki Youngsma, Artist & Editor, Home Orchard Society

We’re all in this together – Sustainability at PCC

Briar Schoon and Stephania Fregosi, Portland Community College




Break-Out Sessions

CH 205 CH 210 CH 301 CH 305 CH 307 Student Union and Learning Garden

Tackling Wicked Problems to Become an Agent for Change

Monica Bourgeau, Author and Strategist

Carbon Footprint 101 – Hands On!

Mike Mercer, Principal, MMercer Consulting, and Heather Schrock, Environmental Products Representative

Wasteshed 2050: Envisioning Pathways to Zero Waste in Oregon 

Kelsey Hill, Assistant Solid Waste Planner, Metro


Food Forests: A Tool for Climate Stability and Community Resilience

Marisha Auerbach, Permaculture designer & educator, OSU and PCC

Energy Saving Action: Strategic Energy Management on Campus

Elaine Cole, Stephania Fergosi, and Farid Kayali, Portland Community College


Social Justice Through Gardening: The Development of a College Learning Garden

Jolie Donohue, PCC Cascade Learning Garden Coordinator



Broadening Engagement at a Critical Time: A virtual bridge to COP25

Frank Granshaw, PSU Geology Instructor and GPSEN Senior Adviser





Afternoon Speakers and Celebration

Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building (MAHB) Auditorium


Community Solar and Equity

Sherrie Villmark, Program Director, Community Energy Project

Innovations and Partnerships – Award Presentation

Caitlin Horsley, PGE

Closing Plenary Panel

Business as a Force for Good: Connecting purpose with profit in a meaningful way

Moderator: Jami Haaning, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Lam Research
Panel participants: Conscious Capitalism, Corporate Sustainability Collaborative (CSC), B Local
Closing Keynote
Unpacking the Clean Energy Fund

Sam Baraso, City of Portland, and

Sustainability Leadership Awards
Non-Profit; Academic; Youth; Business; Community Member
Closing Words
Award Celebration and Reception

Student Union Building