Johnson County Community College

Epicenter 2017

Johnson County Community College

Monday, April 17, 2017
Epicenter logoRegnier Center
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Epicenter is a one-day conference to help students learn about sustainability, share resources and connect individual projects being led by students and schools. Students and teachers from any academic discipline, experience level or place on the map are encouraged to attend.

The conference and lunch are free, but we ask that you register so we have an accurate headcount for our meal.

Time Location Session
8:30-9 a.m. Nerman Atrium Check-in
9-9:15 a.m. Hudson Auditorium
Welcome and Introduction
9:15-10 a.m. Hudson Auditorium

Keynote: Cynthia Barnett

Cynthia Barnett is an award-winning environmental journalist and the author of Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis, which articulates a water ethic for America. Ms. Barnett will contextualize our conversations for the rest of the day by giving an overview of our current realities where water is concerned. She will also offer some guidance on the skills and aptitudes that students might need as they face a future where fresh water is scarce.

10:10-11 a.m. Hudson Auditorium

Rex Buchanan, the former director of the Kansas Geological Survey, will narrow our scope to the region and speak to regional water issues.

11 a.m.-12:40 p.m. RC 101


12:50-1:45 p.m. RC 101

Rachel Carson Council – Zoë Ackerman and Elijah Brunson will lead an interactive workshop to help students develop their leadership skills and discover ways to get engaged with local and regional water policymakers.

1:45-2 p.m. RC 101 Closing Remarks – Dr. Jay Antle, Executive Director, JCCC Center for Sustainability