Johnson County Community College


Title and Description

9 a.m.–
9:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9 a.m.-
10:30 a.m.

Keynote: Alex Steffen

Co-founder of Worldchanging and Executive Editor Worldchanging: A User’s Guide to the 21st Century. Read Alex's Bio
10 a.m.–
12 p.m.

Peer Presenters

We Learn by Doing: Climate Change and Student Engagement Matt Kazinka Green Business Coordinator, Latino Economic Development Center Students of our generation are graduating into a world rocked by unprecedented climate change, but a rising youth climate movement that is advancing campus sustainability, community-based solutions, and national campaigns for clean energy. The work of these emerging leaders shows that sometimes the best education comes from action.

The Greensburg Story: An Experiential Education in Kansas Joah Bussert and Adam Andrews Project Managers, Greensburg GreenTown Former AmeriCorps volunteers in Greensburg, Kansas Joah Bussert and Adam Andrews will share their experiences and thoughts on living and working in the town that is branding itself as the “Greenest Small Town in America.’ Both Bussert and Andrews hold degrees in Architecture but after leaving school were dissatisfied with employment options, so they sought job opportunities outside their field. Both interested in sustainability, construction, and building technologies working for the non-profit Greensburg GreenTown in Greensburg, KS provided the perfect opportunity to learn and grow while teaching others about green building methods. Their presentation will tell the story of Greensburg’s rebuilding, their experiences working for a non-profit in the small town, and how deviating from the ‘normal career path’ can broaden your knowledge base, enhance your resume, and provide invaluable work experience.

Building a Sustainable Environmental Alliance: Fighting the Sunflower Coal Plant Kelly Jacobsen Communication Manager, Great Plains Alliance for Clean Energy In 2007, former Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby denied Sunflower Electric the necessary air quality permit to construct two massive coal plants in the southwest corner of our state. That groundbreaking decision brought the epicenter of the coal plant debate to Kansas, but a strong environmental alliance was needed to support the decision. Find out how a focused effort fought back against three destructive bills in the Kansas Legislature and garnered over 5,000 comments during the public comment period. By looking at the history of the Sunflower coal plant debate, we’ll discuss the advocacy path to creating a sustainable energy future and ideas for putting these practices into place in your community.

The Depauw Environmental Policy Project Taylor CantrilKatherine White, and Laila Howard DePauw University In 2008, Forbes Magazine rated Indiana the 49th greenest state in America. That same year, a team of students and professors at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana founded the DePauw Environmental Policy Project (DEPP) to engage students in researching and changing Indiana environmental politics one committee hearing at a time. Taylor Cantril, from DePauw's Office for Sustainability, and DePauw juniors Laila Howard and Katherine White will talk about their experiences with three generations of DEPP - from traveling to United Nations climate conferences to poring over microfiche newspaper stories about state policies of the 1970s. They will also discuss how programs similar to DEPP might be started at high schools and universities around the country.

12 p.m.–
1 p.m.


Book signing with Alex Steffen. Alex's book, Worldchanging 2.0, will be available to purchase for the cover price of $25. You are also welcome to bring in your own previously purchased copy to have signed.
1 p.m.–
1:50 p.m.

Peer Presenters

Olathe South Green Team Beth Akright, Audra Odeh, and Jacob Chapman Graduates of Olathe South High School Zero waste to land fill is the ultimate goal  of our APES class. We want to lead the way in the state of Kansas to teach all districts how to save money and landfill space. We are working on composting everything that can be as well as recycling all items that need to be!

Founding a Green Fee at JCCC: From Honors Project to Reality Erin Willard Graduate of Olathe South and JCCC, Pre-Med student at University of Kansas Realizing that Johnson County Community College could not take substantial steps toward creating a sustainable campus without funding support, former JCCC student Erin Willard, along with other students from the Honors program, petitioned their fellow students and their President to found a student fee that would serve to further sustainability programs and initiatives on campus.  Willard will share her story and show that student leadership absolutely can make a difference.

Sustainable Agriculture: The Bigger Picture Mike Ryan Graduate of JCCC Sustainable Agriculture Certificate Program, JCCC Campus Farm Manager Mike Ryan will discuss how the concept of sustainable agriculture affects society in several different facets, including community building, decentralization of food sources, and citizen autonomy.

2 p.m.–
3:15 p.m.

JCCC Sustainability Tour

Visit and learn about stormwater management, in-vessel composting and our campus farm.
3:20 p.m.–
4:10 p.m.

Round Table Dialogues

Attendees will have the opportunity to start the conversations and ask the questions about issues they feel most passionate and concerned about. Participants will create the dialogue, while sharing, networking and brainstorming with their peers from other campuses. Conference organizers and presenters will be on hand to offer guidance and answer questions.
4:10 p.m.–
4:30 p.m.

Wrap-up discussion and network building

4:30 p.m.

Conference Concludes