Lipscomb University Sustainability News
Lipscomb Academy and ISP Undergrad & Grad Students Work to Restore West Fork of Brown's Creek
Environmental Biology Class Develops Mini Teaching Gardens for Lipscomb Elementary
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.