2nd Annual Sustainability Summit:
The Planet, People, Economy, & Community

Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments, NC Sierra Club Medoc Chapter, Wilson Sustainable Community Council, Wilson Community College

Friday, April 25, 2014

Key Note

Ivan Urlaub
Since 2005 Ivan has led the NC Sustainable Energy Association, working to ensure a sustainable future by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in our state through education, public policy and economic development. He has a Master of Public Policy from the Terry Sanford Institute and a Master of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School at Duke University.

Track One

Recycling: Reclaimed Wood and Brick Products
Elizabeth Semple - Marketing Director, Southend Reclaimed, Inc.
Elizabeth shares Southend’s passion for reclaiming historical materials. She describes the work they do as “The Art of Bringing History Home." She is a native of Greenville NC, with a degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. The company’s operations headquarters is in Cornelius, NC. The sawmill is in Scotland Neck, NC (the former S. N. Heart Pine), and the sales office in Greenville, NC.

Value if Energy Audits: Commercial and Residential
David Descamps - Poerations Manager, City of Wilson Energy Office
Before his five years with the City of Wilson, David worked six for years with the City of Rocky Mount. He obtained a BS degree in Electrical Engineering in 2003 and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 2013, both from NC State University. David is also a licensed electrical contractor.

Getting to Zero Waste: Model Industrial Application
Michael Darr - Operations Manager, Bridgestone/Firestone
Operations Manager at Bridgestone Americas passenger tire plant in Wilson for six years, Michael previously spent 10 years at Bridgestone’s plant in Aiken County SC. Michael has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of South Carolina.

Track Two

Advanced Automotive Technology and the Future
Rich Cregar - Director of Advanced Transportation Technologies, Wilson Community College
Rich is the department head for the Advanced Transportation Technologies Center for WCC. He is a Glaxo Smith Kline faculty fellow at the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University. In 2013, he received the Mobile CARE Award. The Mobile CARE Award recognizes transportation emission reduction efforts that support alternative fuel and advanced technology activities and policies in North Carolina. Rich is the author of many articles about renewable energy and advanced electric drive systems.

Sustainable Agriculture: Organic Food and Fiber
Jeremy Law - Master Chef and Entrepreneur, SOCO farm & Food
Jeremy grew up a “military brat” and began professional cooking in 1999. In Colorado, he met his wife Kimberly and moved with her back to eastern North Carolina where they have been partners in food and sustainable business. SoCo Farm and Food recently celebrated its third anniversary.

Turning Waster to Energy Savings, Wast to Energy Project
Greg Russell - President of Garco
Greg has a BA in Communications and Business Administration from Elon College. He has 18 years experience in environmental clean-up and the waste-to-energy industry. Garco handles waste to energy, waste to compost, and waste to secured landfill, category “D” wastewater treatment, and chemical reuse.

Track Three

Community Gardens and Markets in Conetoe, NC
Reverend Richard Hoyner and Students
Reverend Joyner also serves as Chaplain at Nash Health Care Systems, and recently received the Red Cross Hero Award from the Fred E. Turnage Chapter for his tireless work with youth and families in the area. In 2001, Reverend Joyner began a Health Ministry to lead Conetoe youth to positive lifestyle changes.

Solar Energy Advances: Commercial and Residential
Dr. Rusty Stephens - President, Wilson Community College
Rusty is a nationally recognized advocate for sustainability. He conducts workshops and seminars across the country, and has been instrumental in the curriculum redesign recently undertaken by the NC Community College System, which brought practical sustainable principles to all trade and technical programs.

Community Based Food Systems: Farm to Form Program
Dr. Nancy Creamer - Director, Center for Environmental Farming Systems
Dr. Creamer is a NC State Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Agriculture and Community-based Food Systems. She has research and extension responsibilities for vegetable crops at NCSU. Dr. Creamer is a 1994 PhD graduate from Ohio State University.

 

For more information:

ABOUT RENEWABLE ENERGY

eere.energy.gov (U.S. Department of Energy)
renewableenergyworld.com
altenergy.org
energymatters.com.au
energync.org (NC Sustainable Energy Association)
ncsolar.org (NC Solar Center)
wilsoncc.edu/Sustainability/index.cfm

ABOUT WATER AND SOIL

earthwiselife.com
dirtthemovie.org (also in book form, Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth)
swcs.org (Soil & Water Conservation Society of America)
soil.ncsu.edu (Soil Department at NC State)
sssnc.org (Soil and Science Society of NC)
water.org
wilsoncc.edu/Sustainability/index.cfm

ABOUT RECYCLING AND WASTE PROCESSING

recycling-revolution.com
princeton.edu/greening
harvestpower.com
wastereductionpartners.org
zerowaste.org
ecocycle.org

 

ABOUT SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

sustainable.org
sustainablecommunities.gov
epa.gov/smartgrowth
powerincooperation.com

ABOUT AGRICULTURE AND ORGANIC FARMING

carolinafarmstewards.org
cefs.ncsu.edu (Center for Environmental Farming Systems)
rafi.org (Rural Advancement Foundation International)
ofrf.org (Organic Farming Research Foundation)
rodaleinstitute.org
carolinagrown.org
organicgardeningguru.com
thedailygreen.com
ota.com (Organic Trade Association)
organicgrains.ncsu.edu
gottobenc.com/nc-ag-resources

ABOUT SUSTAINABLE BUSINESSES

bealocalist.org (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies)
sustainablebusiness.com
sustainable.org/economy/small-business/
slowmoney.org


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