Second Breakout Session

11 – 11:50 a.m.

Tree Campus USA Arbor Day Event

Mike Sills, Matt Grubisich, Dr. Kay Eggleston, Tyler Wright,

Breakout 2

Fields South of Uvalde Building

 

Richland College (RC) has officially been designated as a national Tree Campus USA College and will be conducting a ceremony with the Texas Trees Foundation and the Texas A&M Forest Service. On this day, we will be recognizing and encouraging the benefits of trees in making our campus a better community for learning. Please join us in planting trees for Texas Arbor Day.


About the Speaker:
Mike Sills

 

Mike Sills loves the outdoors, airplanes, cool trucks and his wife, Ginny. A graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Science in forestry, his love for nature began with family campouts and the Boy Scouts, during which he achieved Eagle Scout. He is an ISA-Certified Arborist since 1997.

Mike worked in Louisiana for one year as a forester for Steven’s Forestry Service. After returning to Dallas, he worked his way up to general foreman with Asplundh Tree Expert Company, where he worked for eight years. His most recent experience has been that of an industrial refrigeration engineer with Emergency Ice Inc. for eight years, all the while, keeping up his ISA-Certified Arborist status and operating a small tree service. Maintaining his ISA credentials paid off in December 2016 when he was hired by the Texas A&M Forest Service as regional urban forester, Dallas region.


About the Speaker:
Matt Grubisich

 

Matt Grubisich received his Bachelor of Science in urban forestry and forest management from Iowa State University and has been working in the urban forestry field for more than 15 years in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Matt joined the Texas Trees Foundation staff as the director of operations/urban forestry in September 2010 after working as a private consulting arborist/urban forester specializing in assisting communities, developers, landscaping companies and others with urban forestry related issues. Prior to consulting, he served eight years with the Texas Forest Service as the regional urban forester serving Dallas and surrounding areas.

Matt is a Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and specializes in GIS mapping, technology transfer and eco-system analysis. Matt has served in a leadership position on several boards and commissions, including president of the Trinity Blacklands Urban Forestry Council, chair of the Dallas Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, founding member of the Dallas Urban Forestry Advisory Committee, three terms on the Rowlett Parks and Recreation Board and serving on the Board of Directors for ISA Texas.

Feel free to contact Matt at matt@texastrees.org

About the Speaker:
Dr. Kay Eggleston

 

Dr. Kay Eggleston’s leadership in Richland College’s mission and vision commitments to building sustainable local and world communities has led teams to numerous local, state and national recognitions for Richland College.

The distinctions include: Tree Campus USA designation by the National Arbor Day Foundation in 2016; State of Texas Recyclemania Grand Champion eight consecutive years, 2010-2017; the nation’s top ten Recyclemania ranking for three years, culminating in RecycleMania National Grand Champion in 2016; first educational institution to achieve City of Dallas Zero Waste Management Green Business Gold Certification in 2017; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WasteWise Partner of the Year College/University in 2010 and 2011; cultivating a 3.5-acre Texas Trees Foundation Urban Tree Farm and Education Center on campus; and a highly engaged Student and Faculty Sustainability Green Team with more than 200 members.


About the Speaker:
Tyler Wright

Tyler Wright, a native of Virginia, earned his Bachelor of Science in forestry degree while attending West Virginia University and has a Master of Science in forestry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Tyler’s five successful internships with the R. A. Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory, earned him a position as a Plant Health Care Technician with Bartlett Tree Experts, proactively managing and treating insects and disease in landscapes in Charlotte, N.C. Tyler also worked for the Davey Resource Group as a municipal inventory arborist, capturing street tree data in Spokane and Seattle, Wash.

In 2013 Tyler was hired by the Texas Trees Foundation as an urban and community forester. His duties include research and technology, education and outreach, nursery management/volunteer coordination, and he provides technical assistance for Urban Forestry consulting to municipalities, universities, corporations and homeowners. He is a member of the Dallas Urban Forestry Advisory Committee, Trinity Blacklands Urban Forestry Council, and the International Society of Arboriculture.

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Sustainability, Climate and Human Migration in a Global Community

Bryan Gibbs

Breakout 2

SH117

 

The effect of climate on sustainability will be traced over millions of years of human migration. I will discuss the scientific evidence of climate changes being responsible for many of these. I will also discuss sustainability and global community in a historical context and see how climate change has challenged civilizations in the past


About the Speaker:
Bryan Gibbs

 

I teach geology and physics at Richland College. My academic career started with studies in history, specifically 19th-century European history. I attended graduate school at Bowling Green State University with academic concentrations in therapod and hominid evolution. My graduate work at Florida Tech and SMU was in space science and theoretical particle physics.

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Partnerships for Science and Nature: Collaboration of Three Organizations on an MVC Outdoor Classroom

Lori Delacruz

Breakout 2

C229

 

The North Texas Master Naturalists needed a project for their first Fall certification class, hosted by Mountain View College. TalkSTEM, a new educational nonprofit, provided a terrific framework of science & math through their walkSTEM initiative that, when coupled with the Master Naturalists’ knowledge of the natural environment and Mountain View’s biodiversity and urban forest, created a fantastic collaboration for both students and the community.


About the Speaker:
Lori Delacruz

 

Lori is the sustainability coordinator at Mountain View College where she specializes in providing programming regarding sustainability, climate resilience and waste reduction. She is a Master Composter and Master Composter Trainer.

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The Great American Lawn: A Luxury of the Past?

Stephen Kallenberg

Breakout 2

C140

 

A lush, green lawn has grown to symbolize the ideal suburban American home. With strains on our resources, many areas of the United States are rethinking what the great American lawn is and what it can be. This presentation will cover a brief history of America’s love for lawns, current trends in society, and modern alternatives and practices for a sustainable lawn. Your perception of America’s largest crop may never be the same!


About the Speaker:
Stephen Kallenberg

 

Stephen Kallenberg is a full-time geology and environmental science faculty member in the Math, Science and Health Professions department at Richland College. He teaches both earth science and environmental science for non-science majors, as well as geology for science majors. Professor Kallenberg has bachelor’s degree and Master of Science in geoscience from the University of Texas at Dallas, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. Stephen began as an adjunct faculty member teaching environmental science in January 2016 and became a full-time faculty member in August of that same year through the Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship program. He is a former student of Richland College where he was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and participated in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program.

Prior to teaching at Richland College, Stephen worked as an environmental geologist for a local consulting firm in Richardson, Texas. Prior to earning his degrees in geosciences, Stephen held Series 7, Series 11, and Series 63 licenses with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) while working in the private financial sector. His experience in the private sector allows for a well-rounded approach to instruction where he incorporates his real-world experience into his curriculum.

Feel free to contact Stephen at SKallenberg@dcccd.edu

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Going Solar! A Solar 101 Presentation for Residential and Small Commercial Solar

Larry Howe

Breakout 2

C110

 

Rooftop solar energy is a local, untapped, natural energy resource here in Texas. It can generate pollution-free and emissions-free electricity. And the fuel comes to you! You don’t have to search for it, dig it up, process it or transport it. The objectives of this presentation are to put solar energy in your vocabulary, to provide you with rooftop solar basics before you contact solar installation companies and to encourage you to “talk up” solar energy with your family and friends!


About the Speaker:
Larry Howe

 

Since retiring in 2011 from a long-term engineering career in the telecommunications industry, Larry has been pursuing volunteer advocacy work in renewable energy and, more specifically, rooftop solar energy in Texas. Along with other Live Green in Plano volunteers, in 2012 he co-founded Plano Solar Advocates (PSA), a grassroots volunteer group of Plano citizens whose mission is to increase awareness and expand the use of solar energy for electricity generation in Plano and beyond. PSA has focused outreach in local high schools, elementary schools, rotary clubs and Plano’s green living events. PSA has also organized successful solar group purchase programs and has worked with North Texas Renewable Energy Group and the Texas Solar Energy Society to promote other solar programs across the state.

Larry completed two terms on the board of directors of the Texas Solar Energy Society (TXSES). In this role, Larry worked to promote building codes for solar-ready new homes, and participated in various ERCOT working groups, attempting to represent rooftop solar “prosumers” as the newest market participants in the electricity market in Texas.

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State of the State: Aquatic Invasive Vegetation

John Findeisen

Breakout 2

P141

 

Current status of aquatic Invasive vegetation in Texas water.


About the Speaker:
John Findeisen

 

John earned a Bachelor of Science in wildlife and fisheries sciences from Texas A&M University (1992) and a Master of Science in biology (emphasis in aquatic biology) from Southwest Texas State University (1997). While at Texas A&M University, John worked as an undergraduate research assistant.  After graduation, John began his career with TPWD as a seasonal fish and wildlife technician in the College Station/Houston District office, eventually leaving to attend graduate school. 

After completing his graduate coursework in 1996, John was briefly employed at SWTSU as an aquatic biologist but returned to TPWD as a fish and wildlife technician in Wichita Falls, Texas.  John was promoted to assistant team leader in the Corpus Christi District Fisheries Management Team in 1998 and then to team leader of the Corpus Christi Fisheries Management Team in 1999.  In 2016, John transferred from the Corpus Christi District Fisheries Management Team to his current position as team leader of TPWD’s Aquatic Habitat Enhancement Team in Brookeland, Texas, where he oversees the state’s aquatic vegetation control program. 

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Wildlife in DFW

Rachel Richter

Breakout 2

SH118

 

Did you know that thousands of plant and animal species call the Dallas-Fort Worth area home? This presentation will provide an overview of common Dallas-Fort Worth wildlife and will discuss ways to improve our communities for the native wildlife that can be found here.


About the Speaker:
Rachel Richter

 

Rachel Richter is an urban wildlife biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife in Dallas-Forth Worth. She has a bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries science from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in wildlife ecology from Texas State University. As an urban wildlife biologist, she focuses on making our communities more wildlife friendly through educational outreach and by providing technical guidance.

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