Green News & Events at Lipscomb UniversityDodd Galbreath, executive director of Lipscomb’s Institute for Sustainable Practice, will make two presentations at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education conference to be held in Nashville’s Music City Center in October. Galbreath’s panel discussion, “Want to be a Sustainability Professional? Lessons from Recent Graduate Sustainability Program Alumni and Experienced Professional Pioneers,” will showcase three of the institute’s adjunct professors and one such professor who led the green certification process of Nashville’s new downtown convention center, the Music City Center. Galbreath’s second presentation, a case study titled “Planning for Adaptation and Sustainability in Nashville: The NashvilleNext 25 Year Plan,” will draw from the background report he recently co-authored for the Metropolitan Nashville 25-year planning process.
As the city of Nashville begins a historic process of planning for the next 25 years, it has come to several Lipscomb University professors and graduates to help in the community engagement process guiding the city’s long-term planning for 2040. College of Education Dean Candice McQueen and Institute for Sustainable Practice Executive Director Dodd Galbreath were called upon to write background reports on their respective expertise areas, and Colby Sledge and Stephanie McCullough, graduates of the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership, are involved in the community engagement portions of the initiative.
While showing photos of springtime in Western Montana – where her home and office is – internationally known naturalist Jane Benyus noted that our entire society is experiencing a new spring, as researchers and inventors have begun to “use the genius of nature to make businesses more profitable for you.” Since her book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature was released in 1997, Benyus has been spreading the word about the design advantages and efficiency gains to be had by designing products, manufacturing systems and materials using aspects drawn directly from nature.
The home of Dodd Galbreath, director of the Lipscomb Institute for Sustainable Practice, will be one of 12 included on the 2011 Green Homes Tour, Oct. 8-9, coordinated by the Cumberland River Compact and the Middle Tennessee chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Mayor Karl Dean and Nissan are among the ten individuals or organizations chosen to receive the second annual Green Business Leadership Awards, presented by Waste Management and sponsored by Lipscomb University’s Institute for Sustainable Practice. Winners were recognized at Lipscomb’s Green Business Summit held today, Earth Day at the Nashville Convention Center in conjunction with the Living Well Sustainable Marketplace. Mayor Dean spoke at the Nashville Earth Day Green Leadership Breakfast and received the award for Community Servant Leader of the Year for his response to the citywide floods in May 2010. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and the Nissan Leaf electric car were also honored in the 2011 Green Business Leadership Awards. At the awards ceremony, Lipscomb University President L. Randolph Lowry told the audience of sustainability professionals and advocates that they were the real heroes of the world because they “wake up every morning determined to make this world a better place."