SUI Conference February 5-6, 1998
Educating for the Future: Sustainability and Higher Education
Madren Continuing Education/Conference Center

Clemson, S.C.

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Will our students and our institutions be ready to "meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs"?  What factors will shape research initiatives?  What will employers expect of our graduates?  Are traditional ways of thinking about our disciplines appropriate in the age of the "web"?  Higher education professionals-- faculty, administrators and operations personnel--are invited to the first in a series of discussions focusing on preparing ourselves, our students and our institutions for the demands of the future.  Please join us. 

Our keynote speaker is Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface Flooring Systems, Inc. and Co-Chair of the President's Council on Sustainability. Using both personal and professional insights,  Anderson builds a compelling case for action that is at once logical and provocative.  Other highlights include John Knott, developer of Dewees Island, and a prominent spokesperson for sustainable design and development...John Warren, Senior Program Manager, Battelle Memorial Institute and author of Discovering Industrial Ecology; An Executive Briefing and Sourcebook...Business and industry leaders describing their progress toward sustainability...Sources of assistance for facility operations....Sources of inspiration for curriculum enhancement...News of shifts in funding philosophy...Words of wisdom from those who have gone before...and opportunities to shape the direction of the Sustainable Universities Project.

Thursday, February 5, 1998

9:00 - 11:00 Registration and Exhibits 

11:00 - 11:45    Welcome - Steering Committee 

 "What Is This Sustainability Stuff Anyway?" 
 Tony Cortese, CEO Second Nature 
11:45 - 1:00      Luncheon Speaker: 
Ray Anderson, President and CEO of Interface Flooring Systems, Inc. and Co-Chair of the President's Council on Sustainability 
1:00-1:45         Presidents' Panel 
Dr. Steffen Rogers, Clemson, 
Dr. James Edwards, MUSC, and
Dr. John Palms, USC
1:45-4:00      "What Will the Job Market Expect of Our Graduates?" 
 John Knott, CEO Dewees Island 
 Gary Weinreich, BMW 
 Karl Domas, Carolina Flax Inc. 
 George Fletcher, The Fletcher Group 
4:00 - 5:00       "Words to the Wise: Lessons from ‘Brown is Green'" and Georgia Tech 
 Kurt Teichert, Coordinator, Brown is Green 
 Carol Foley, Director, Center for Sustainable Technology 
5:15 - 6:00       "What's Next?" 
Presentation and open discussion of our plans for the grant and beyond 
6:00 - 7:00       Reception, followed by dinner on your own 

9:00-                Steering Committee members will be available by the pool or in the bar of the Ramada for conversations about the direction of the project. 

Friday, February 6, 1998

Break Out Session I
9:00 - 10:15 


 "Where Will the Research Dollars Be?" 
Judith L. Bostock, Associate Director, Savannah River Site, USDOE 
 TBA, Representative of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges 
MEETING ROOM (number TBA) - Operations Staff 

"We're From the Government and We're Here to Help!" 

Personnel from DHEC's office of Solid Waste and Recycling and the state Energy Office will share information about grants and technical assistance available to assist in facilities management.
Break Out Session II
10:15 - noon 

AUDITORIUM - Operations Staff 

  • "Change is Good...You Go First (Dilbert)" 

  • John Warren, Senior Program Manager, Battelle Memorial Institute 
  •  "Now What?? Putting Principles into Practice" 

  • Steve Hoffman, Milliken Earthwise Innovations 
MEETING ROOM(s) TBA - Faculty 
  "Including Sustainability in the Curriculum - An Exchange of Ideas" 
Panelists will briefly share their success stories, then lead participants in a brainstorming session. 

Noon   Luncheon Speaker

Prepared by:  Kim Buchanan
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