Sustainability Summit 2017: Workshops

10-11:45 a.m.

Silo Busting Proposal for Sustainable Economic Development in Southern Dallas and Northern Ellis Counties

Dr. Joe Seabrooks (Cedar Valley College), Peter Aguirre (Greater Dallas Planning Council), Jerry White (Best South West Partnerships), Maria Boccalandro (Sustainable Communities Institute)

The Sustainable Communities Institute of CVC has created a multi-stakeholder work structure to convene the main stakeholders and work collaboratively on a sustainable development plan for this region. CVC is training the green workforce, but the jobs are not in this region. The SCI is playing a role as a convener to create a comprehensive plan to leverage sustainable economic development of the region, preserving the natural environment and improving the quality of life of the surrounding communities, with the support of the main stakeholders that will help leverage private/public investment that is needed in infrastructure to attract businesses. This initiative ratifies CVC’s mission: A premier college transforming lives and communities. This session will present the different proposals that exist for the region and will engage the participants, in order to obtain their feedback and “buy-in” on the proposals to promote sustainable economic development for the region.

Environmental Justice


1-2:45 p.m.  

A Rooster's Guide to Backyard Chickens

Jeff Raska (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service) and Andrea Ridout (The Urban Greenie)

George the RoosterTexas A&M AgriLife expert Jeff Raska and local eco-writer and radio host Andrea Ridout will bring George the Rooster to help celebrate the Year of the Rooster. In addition to a presentation about keeping hens as pets, guests can pet George and learn a bit more about him. Baby chicks will be on hand, courtesy of Rooster Home & Hardware in East Dallas. Raska and Ridout are collaborating on a book about hatching chicks.

Urban Farming/Gardening


1-2:45 p.m.

Dancing in the Great Outdoors

Marielle McGregor, 6 o'Clock Dance Theatre 

Love the great outdoors? Soak it up with all five senses in this special outdoor dance workshop. We'll be moving and grooving to the music with Marielle McGregor, with breaks to breathe and take time and be grateful for our planet. Put on your sunglasses and let your passion for the planet soar! This workshop is sure to get your endorphins going. Shoes not required.