Green Street - The Intersection of Learning and Sustainability

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Date: October 15, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: St. Andrew's Hall - Gender neutral restrooms
Category: Conference

The Office of Campus Sustainability and President's Standing Committee on Environmental Initiatives


Green Street - The Intersection of Learning and Sustainability

11 am - 4 pm

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

St. Andrews Church

on the campus of

Wayne State University

A walk on Green Street will lead to a sustainable world where environmental stewardship is common place.  At Green Street you will  learn more about:

  • what's happening with sustainability on campus;
  • getting involved in sustainability initiatives;
  • how to reduce negative impacts on the environment;
  • and, better understanding environmental challenges.

Green Street is a waste-free event.  No single-use plastic will be used.  Please bring a reusable cup. Coffee and water will be available.  Snacks are provided.  



Featured Speaker:

Dr. Tonya MatthewsDirector of STEM Learning Innovation and Assoc. Provost for Inclusive Workforce Development

Campus Classroom:

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Moderator - Zoe Pidgeon, Sustainability Intern, Office of Campus Sustainability

  • Maris Polanco will begin with a presentation on plastics, plastic pollution in the oceans, and her activism as an artist
  • Yongli Zhang will talk about her research (with the SWEET lab) on microplastics
  • Joseph Chapman will discuss Take Back the Tap's efforts to reduce plastic water bottle use on campus
  • Lawrence Greer will invite activism through the Green Warriors program
  • Adam Pruett will discuss WSU's greenhouse operation and the native plant work of the Detroit Biodiversity Network 
  • Daryl Pierson will talk about the sustainability strategic plan, plastic and other recycling on campus, and the carbon emissions surveys


Greening the Curriculum Panel:

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Moderator - Elena Past, Chair of the President's Standing Committee on Environmental Initiatives, Associate Professor of Italian, Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • Patrick Crouch, Community Educator and Program Manager, Earthworks Urban Farm
  • Stephanie Hartwell, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Professor of Sociology
  • Donna Kashian, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Allison Laskey, Instructor, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
  • Victor Figueroa, Professor, Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • Rahul Mitra, Associate Professor, Department of Communication
  • Carol Miller, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director, Healthy Urban Waters

 Sustainability Solutions Panel:

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Moderator - Diane Van Buren. Presdient of Zachary & Associates

  • Natalie Jakub, Executive Director, Green Living Science
  • Connie Lilley, Executive Director, Detroit 2030 District
  • Matt Piper, Zookeeper, Green Garage Detroit
  • Todd Scott, Executive Director, Detroit Greenways Coalition
  • Jonathan Weyhrauch, Founder and President, Reroot Pontiac

Additional activities include a networking Happy Hour, a community-focused renewable energy discussion, and a green bike tour.

Live, Learn, Green



Madison Hollamon
(313) 701-2713




Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

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