Johnson County Community College

Epicenter 2016: Rethinking Reuse

Johnson County Community College

Monday, April 18, 2016
Epicenter logoRegnier Center (map)
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Registration and lunch are free, but please help us keep an updated headcount by registering.

Register for Epicenter 2016

Epicenter is a platform for students to 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.

Time Location Session
8-9 a.m. Nerman Atrium Check-in
9-9:15 a.m. NMOCA 217 Welcome and Introduction
9:15-10:30 a.m. NMOCA 217

Keynote: Erin Meezan, vice president of sustainability for Interface 

Meezan gives voice to the company’s conscience, ensuring that strategy and goals are in sync with the aggressive sustainability vision established almost 20 years ago. She leads a team that provides technical assistance and support to the company’s global business, addressing sustainability at all levels – from operations and management, to employees and customers, and in policy forums. And she also keeps a finger on the pulse of the company’s transformed culture, a byproduct of sustainability thinking that has been critical in driving innovation and retaining and attracting talented employees. Meezan and her team are focused on nourishing and reinforcing the unique culture, and also on documenting its evolution. Meezan is a frequent lecturer on sustainable business to senior management teams, universities and the growing green consumer sector. She has spoken at a variety of conferences and forums including: Bioneers, Greenbuild, SXSW, Businesses for Social Responsibility and others.

10:40-1:05 a.m. NMOCA 217

Tim O’Neill, co-owner, Urban Lumber, Kansas City, Missouri.

Urban Lumber is dedicated to making the most out of its local natural resources, specifically neighborhood trees. Since 2005 the company has been taking trees that are discarded as waste and sawing them up into usable lumber.

These trees have ended up as beautiful coffee tables, entertainment centers, cabinets and almost any other thing one can imagine to be made from wood. Urban Lumber is proud to able to offer to Kansas City a resource that has been previously neglected: the reuse of the area’s urban trees.

11:15-11:40 a.m. NMOCA 217

Campus Compost, Recycling and Reuse Virtual Tour

11:45 a.m.-12:50 p.m. RC 101


During our farm lunch, Sustainability interns will talk about their experiences.

1-1:50 p.m. RC 217

Leyla Acaroglu, New York-based Australian designer, social scientist, sustainability provocateur and entrepreneur.

Acaroglu is the founder of The Un-School of Disruptive Design, an experimental knowledge lab and two design agencies; New York-based Disrupt Design and Melbourne-based Eco Innovators. Both are multidisciplinary studios focused on pioneering social and environmental change through design. Her work spans a variety of locations, fields and mediums and is driven by an inherent desire to effect, create, and see positive pro-sustainability change in the world.

Her presentation will explore the surprising “post-mortem” lives of things that enter the waste stream.

1:50-2 p.m. RC 217 Closing Remarks