Fredonia's Sustainable University

Sustainability- Business’ Perspective April 19, 2010

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Himanshu Narula

Hi, The Topic of my presentation is Business’ perspective on Sustainability. It all begins with businesses, with actual mining of resources conversion into products, release of bi-products as pollution etc. It’s all in the hands of business, so they must be in control of it. That being said, we can now say that the burden of solution to this problem of overutilization of resources and trashing the environment can and must come from the business. Belonging to business community and being actively involved with business for years, I have observed businesses closely. And with my experience it won’t be wrong if I say that businesses can easily and effectively take corrective steps toward a better environment.

There are some good actions being taken in the business community that have positive results on the environment. The world awaits an era where everyone starts these initiatives. In my presentation there are some ideas, some examples that encourage us to find a solution to this problem that ‘Us’ – ‘The Business Community’ has created.

Watch Presentation – Click this and Enjoy my presentation with Sound. Thanks.


W.Edward Stead & Jean Garner Stead. Management for a Small Planet,2nd edition, SAGE Publications, 1996. Print.

Frances Cairncross. Green Inc., Island Press, 1995. Print.


Sustainability: A History

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Sean Lawler

As a history major I thought it would be appropriate and interesting to do a project on the history behind our current environmental situation. I wanted to trace back the roots of our current dilemma with the environment and find the historical causes. I wondered what impacts the Industrial Revolution had and it turns out that we can blame most of it on our technological developments. Also I wondered how much of an effect post World War Two consumerism had and that it was, while intertwined with the Industrial Revolution, a very big cause. I was hoping that by going back and looking at the cause of our problems in the past, we might find a solution for the future. I’ve always liked making power point presentations and I like designing them to stand out to the audience. I find it a good challenge to try a meld images with text to create a memorable presentation. Other than Earth Week here on campus I would probably consider presenting at another environmental conference, gala, or symposium.

Project: Presentation







Sustainability of Public land

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James Parker

I chose the topic of Sustainable public land because one of my favorite things to do is spend time enjoying nature. I often take hikes in the woods and also enjoy taking nature photos. One thing that I often notice while on nature trails is the trash and litter that people leave behind. This lack of consideration really bothers me. It’s one thing about recreational land use that I wish would be changed. I Decided however to make the topic a little more broad than nature trails and made it encompass all forms of public land such as campsites,parks, and beaches. I had wondered what the main issues are with trying to sustain public land and also what part we can play to help as users.  While some issues of sustainability are based on natural things such as weather and conditions of trails and campsites, most of the issues spawn from human use of the land. Some examples are Fire pits, clearing of forests, litter, and improper waste disposal. Luckily however, there are some simple things we can do to reduce our negative impact of nature.  The Bureau of Land Management created some guidelines for public land users to refer to in order to reduce their impact on public land. I mention these in my brochure as well as provide links on the reverse of my brochure. I decided to go with the brochure format because I felt it was the simplest, most straightforward way to present the most important information and try to interest people in my topic. I figured that a brochure would convey enough information to get people interested as well as potentially look into the issue more on their own.


sustainability brochure







Ecological Art

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Justine Gabreski

The arts are one way in which many people are working very hard to practice sustainability, bring public awareness to sustainability and environmental problems, and sometimes create solutions to these problems. Through my research, I attempted to define exactly what is meant by environmental art, and found that it is an umbrella term for several subtopics in the arts. I also worked on discovering how artists are using various mediums to create environmental art. I also looked into why they chose to create environmental art; to target specific issues or simply to celebrate nature.  I explored many of the issues that are being addressed by environmental artists, along with the audience that the art was being created for. The attached power point presentation hi-lights a few important forms of environmental art, along with some examples of artists who create it, and why. I hope to inspire SUNY Fredonia students and faculty to use our own arts resources to hi-light and create solutions to local environmental issues, as well as to inspire students and faculty here on campus to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Project: Sustainability Community Project


The Unlikely Activist

Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art

NY Trash a Treasure

Green Museum


Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art by Stephanie Smith (Book)


A New Green Revolution April 18, 2010

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By Aaron Labbe

After watching the video “The Story of Stuff” in class I was very amazed by how the consumerism process really does work and it got me thinking; Is there any hope for a sustainable earth with this process happening constantly? I was very interested, and I  started doing more in depth research on the topic. I found that the majority our current Green Movement is consisted of Recycling and  just buying green products. During the research process I found that as the popularity of the Green Movement grew many of the genuine aspects of the movement faded and it has now become a marketing strategy. Many corporations that feed off of consumerism are using the Green Movement to sell products that are “Eco-Friendly” making them billions of dollars annually. So Ironically the Green Movement that is hurt by the Consumeristic process is making the process stronger. But since they sell Eco-friendly products It evens our right? No, these companies still use non-green methods to make these so called “Green Products” and they also use the money made off these products to make other cheap non-green products as well. And my biggest fear as a consumer myself is all of my efforts to live a green life all goes to waste in all this, and in many ways it has. So from my research I determined that that aspect of the Green Movement is not working and very counter productive but also the other, Recycling is not very effective either. Although Recycling is a very good step in the right direction it is not enough to fix out planet that we are killing, very few things can be made using recycled materials and in order to get a sustainability effort to work we must have a major change, a new Green Revolution.

The project itself is a PowerPoint Presentation, theres also a script for a speech speech to accompany the presentation. The images are meant to just enhance the impact of the information given in the script. When viewing the presentation the script itself demonstrates when to change slides.

Power Point Presentation: A New Green Revolution (Click to Open) Script: A New Green Revolution (Script)

Story of Stuff : Basic Information on the Consumerist Process

World Changing: Information on the Changing World and the need for a new Green Revolution


Change the Environment One Raindrop at a Time

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Rebecca Chilson

I chose to focus on storm water-runoff and its effects on a local lake near my home town. I felt that if others could see what was happening to this lake maybe they could go out and help by sampling other lakes around them. We can change the environment one drop at a time.

 I live in the little town in Cattaraugus County called Machias. In this town there is a small lake, it is only a mile long and has a shore line of 3.3 miles.   It has 3 bays, no inlet, 2 outlets (although one is blocked) and is fed by natural springs.  In 2000 I began to help the lime lake cottage owners association (LLCOA) by taking samples from the lake to test for various things, but mostly water quality.  In 2004, the question arose of how the quality of the water was going down slightly each year when the water is fed by fresh water springs.  This is when the process of monitoring the rain fall run off in to the lake became very important.  

My Question, when I began this project was what is water run-off? Some answers I received were:

  • Surface runoff is the water flow that occurs when soil is infiltrated to full capacity and excess water from rain, snowmelt, or other sources flows over the land. This is a major component of the hydrologic cycle.

Ok so the next question arose; what does this run-off carry in to our water supply?

  • A land area which produces runoff that drains to a common point is called a watershed. When runoff flows along the ground, it can pick up soil contaminants such as petroleum. pestisides (in particular herbicdes and insecticides, or fertilizers that become discgarge.

  I chose to use a poster board and lab report because I was doing a lab experiment on testing the water that becomes run-off in to our lakes.  The poster is a brief visual with graphs data charts and my results that many individuals can look at all at one time. Whereas, the lab report is more in depth than the poster with findings, resources and references.  I also chose these formats because they incorporate and show the processes of collecting and monitoring. 

My project can be displayed in many places including but not limited to:

Science Fairs / Congress

Environmental   shows

And the finding from each year are sent to the Cattaraugus department of health to be analyzed and recorded

Project: Lab Report









All In One April 16, 2010

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ATL Airport (Waste Pro)

By: Jeremy Roden & Angelo Sciandra

-When traveling for our spring trip for baseball to Florida we were in the Atlanta Airport and saw an all in one trash can where the recyclable material would still be recycled. We looked in to this more and thought this idea should be brought to the north and not just used in the south.

-We were curious if the north had any program similar to this program in the south, curious about home much landfill space was saved, how much would be recycled and how it made it easier for the clientèle of Waste Pro. We found that there was a similar program in the north but still a little behind Waste Pro’s program. We also found out that the clientèle of Waste Pro can just throw all their garbage and recyclables in one garbage, resulting in the recyclables being recycled.

-We shifted our concerns because we want landfill space to be saved, more materials to be recycled and wanted to make it easier for people to recycle.

-We chose a business proposal because we wanted it to be professional and wanted to try and persuade Casella Waste Systems to adapt to this plan and go from “zero sort” to “All In One.” We felt that if we could present the facts and show them the positives that could come out of the change that they may try and adapt to the idea.

-We may present the project to Casella Waste Systems management to try and persuade them to make the change to “All in one” recycling. One other way we could spread the word is by presenting it to the community and getting a petition saying that they would take their business to Casella if they make the change.

Project: “Making Recycling Even Simpler”


Waste Pro


Atlanta Airport Recycling Program

Obama Recycling Initiative