Lipscomb University Sustainability News
Lipscomb Green Team Supports Biogas Recovery Unit for Kenya Charity
On Wednesday, Sept. 24, Lipscomb Green Team members had the opportunity to meet Mr. Frances Mbuvi, from Made in the Streets, a Kenya-based charity. MITS has been wishing for a biogas recovery unit to change the waste from their cattle into biogas which they can use (a free source of energy) for cooking. This would save the group hundreds of dollars each year on their electricity bill. Our Green Team has agreed to partner with MITS to provide the unit to improve conditions on the farm in Kenya for the young people. Wednesday's meeting was the students' first introduction to MITS, and they began to learn about this type of renewable energy, which they will have the opportunity to continue to learn from throughout the school year. As the Green Team studies energy sources this year, they will be able to see it in action and personally help promote use of renewable energy in the world.
Student Matthew Shanklin featured on Lipscomb Athletics site
It isn't a question of what Matt Shanklin does, but more a matter of how does he do it all? He works in a law firm where he works in preparing information for real estate closings. He also is an assistant soccer coach for the varsity boys and girls teams at Lipscomb Academy as well as the boy's junior varsity. He gives private soccer lessons. And even though he already had enough on his plate he is also back at Lipscomb working on his Master's degree in the Institute for Sustainable Practice. Matt did find a few minutes to talk with Lipscombsports.com this week.
"Big Men" Kicks off Fall 2014 Documentary Series
The documentary film "Big Men" was a hit on campus last night, September 10th, with a crowd of nearly 150 people on hand at Shamblin Theatre. The movie provided a balanced view point of the complex relationships of poverty and power in the high-stakes world of African oil deals. The film’s central story follows a small group of American explorers at Dallas-based oil company Kosmos Energy. Between 2007 and 2011, with unprecedented, independent access, Big Men’s two-person crew filmed inside the oil company as Kosmos and its partners discovered and developed the first commercial oil field in Ghana’s history. Simultaneously, the crew filmed in the swamps of Nigeria’s Niger Delta, following the exploits of a militant gang to reveal another side of the economy of oil: people trying to profit in any way possible, because they’ve given up on waiting for the money to trickle down. "So," the filmmakers asked, "what happens when a group of hungry people discover a massive and exquisitely rare pot of gold in one of the poorest places on earth?" The panel discussion afterwards resulted in a discussion of how faith, energy, economics, social justice, social needs of developing countries, and environmental issues provide us as individuals and our generation with the challenge of a just and sustainable response.
Green Team Does Creek Restoration
The students on the Green Team -- a club that is open to Lipscomb Academy K - 2nd graders that are interested in learning about environmental subjects and recycling -- tested the dissolved oxygen level in the creek that runs through Lipscomb Elementary campus in early September as part of their hands-on Sustainability education. With the help of Ginger Reasonover, they are trying to determine why the creek has no living things in the creek, by measuring the depth and oxygen levels of the creek in 10 different places. The Green Team is in the primary division of the NEED project, and is a great opportunity for the younger members of ISP's wider community to get involved with Sustainability.
Lipscomb Institute for Sustainable Practice announces new Dean, Academic Director
Steve Joiner has been appointed the new Dean of the Institutes at Lipscomb. Previously, the Institutes functioned as stand alone entities within the University. The new organizational structure, which will bring the Institutes together under the leadership of an Academic Dean and the Provost, creates the opportunity for the Institutes of Civic Leadership; Conflict Management; Law, Justice and Society; and Sustainable Practice to leverage resources, increase community impact, elevate academic rigor and encourage joint academic offerings among the Institutes. In addition, Emily Stutzman Jones has been named the new Academic Director for the ISP. Jones, who is completing her PhD in forestry at Auburn University after receiving a master’s degree in environmental sociology, will join the Institute in the coming months. She combines an excellent academic education with a passion for sustainable practice that is second to none, and is committed to continuing to build an academic program based on an interdisciplinary approach to science, societal demands and practice, which is required in this emerging field.