Lipscomb University Sustainability News
"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.
Galbreath to present at Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Dodd 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.
Professors, graduates called on to help frame Nashville's future in city's NashvilleNext
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.