Third Breakout Session

1 – 1:50 p.m.

Richland College Sustainability Program Model

Sonia Ford, Tara Urbanski, and Kathy Creech McGrath

Breakout 3

SH117

 

What does the Richland Sustainability Program model look like? This session offers an overview of various components of the Sustainability Program model, including: DCCCD and Richland's Mission, Sustainability Project Coordinator and Green Team roles and functions, Campus Living Labs, partnerships, contributions and Student Green Team RCHS transfer Student and TAMU-Commerce Office of Sustainability internship benefits. So, where do we go from here?


About the Speaker:
Sonia Ford

 

Prior to joining Richland College in April 2009, I was employed in Real Estate Facilities with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) from 2000-2008, a $20 billion leading information technology provider with major clients throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Asia. Previously, I was employed with various government agencies, with DCCCD’s District Service Center and USB Engineering Firm.

As a DCCCD rehire, both positions in Richland College Business Services (2009) and my current position as the Sustainability Project Coordinator for Facilities align very well with my personal, career and educational experience. I realized that through these positions I was presented the opportunity to help make a difference by leading in the continuous improvement of business processes for DCCCD employees, as well as with our students by introducing them to the important concepts of sustainability and stewardship of our environment. Collaboration with faculty, staff, senior leadership and community partners and my prior quality assurance experience have played a major role in developing a sustainability program that provides educational and grant resources for paid internships and field experiences for students. Also, I assist in data reporting for the college’s Energy Conservation Action Plan (ECAP) and serve on the DCCCD Sustainability Team.

My educational background includes a Texas A&M Commerce bachelor’s degree in general studies, and I will complete a master’s degree from Western Governors University’s Management and Leadership Program in Spring 2019.


About the Speaker:
Tara Urbanski

 

Dr. Tara L. Urbanski is an experienced professor with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry for the past 10 years. She is skilled in geological and environmental sciences, online education and 3D virtual geology. Her educational background consists of a Bachelor of Arts in geography and a Master of Science degree in environmental science from the University of North Texas, and a Master of Science in geosciences and a doctorate in geosciences from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Dr. Urbanski is a lead faculty member and program coordinator at Richland College, part of the Dallas County Community College District, where she teaches earth and environmental science courses and is a faculty sponsor of the student green team. Dr. Urbanski is also a member of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers and the Geological Society of America.


About the Speaker:
Kathy Creech McGrath

 

Kathy McGrath is the associate director of residential living and learning hall operations at Texas A&M University-Commerce and began the Sustainability Program in 2014. TAMU-Commerce partnered with Richland College in 2017 to recruit transfer students focusing on sustainability by providing jobs pertaining to sustainability. This year, TAMU-Commerce created internship positions specifically focused on hall operations and sustainability.

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Preparing for the Emerald Ash Borer

Mike Sills

Breakout 3

P141 Training Room

 

Since its discovery in 2002, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) beetle has had a dramatic impact on urban and community forests across the nation. Attempts at containment and eradication resulted in millions of ash trees being removed and destroyed at a significant cost to communities and residents. Developing, communicating and implementing an EAB Preparedness Plan will enable your community to address public and private needs in an efficient and effecitve manner.


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.

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Implementing Sustainability: A Powerful Tool for Leadership and Success on Campus

Kevin Wilhelm

Breakout 3

SH118

 

Increasingly, students and faculty are looking for sustainability topics to be added to their arsenal of courses; however, actually integrating this curriculum across campus is a challenge to most. This workshop will be a roll-up-your-sleeves, hands-on presentation that looks at ways sustainability can be implemented across campus — from curriculum, to campus facilities, administration and both student and faculty engagement. Attendees will learn best practices from other higher education organizations and receive helpful tips to start integrating sustainability immediately.


About the Speaker:
Kevin Wilhelm

 

Kevin Wilhelm is the CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting and the world's pre-eminent business consultant in the field of sustainability. Kevin brings more than 20 years of experience working with more than 120 businesses and clients, including Amazon, Nordstrom, Expedia, REI, Alaska Airlines, Whole Foods and The North Face.

Kevin is also a thought leader in this field, having taught at more than seven universities and written four acclaimed books in this field, including: "Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability & Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy," "Making Sustainability Stick," and "An Introduction to Sustainable Business." He is on the cutting edge of online teaching, as he has successfully "flipped the classroom" with his multimedia online materials and videos that have made the online experience much more student friendly.

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21st-Century Policing: Building Communities of Trust

Lauretta Hill

Breakout 3

D174

 

This session will give an overview of the six pillars of building trust and legitimacy between law enforcement and the community. These six pillars bolster strong, collaborative relationships between law enforcement and the community. The implementation of these strategies will lead to meaningful crime reduction and increased public trust.


About the Speaker:
Lauretta Hill

 

Lauretta Hill's dedication to the law enforcement profession spans more than 24 years. She is an energetic, ethical and accomplished executive leader. Lauretta is a team builder and visionary leader who transcends the policing culture. Lauretta was appointed as the first Police Chief for the Dallas County Community College District in August 2016 and the second African-American female chief in the State of Texas.

Her previous experience includes the Miami Beach Police Department where she served as the Deputy Chief of Police, second in command, August 2014 - August 2016. She restructured the entire department to align with the department's vision, mission and values. She reemphasized the value of community policing and introduced concepts of police legitimacy. She was highest ranking African-American and the only woman to achieve that rank in the department's history. Lauretta spent more than 20 years with the Arlington, Texas, Police Department and retired as Assistant Chief of Police. During her tenure in Arlington, Lauretta was responsible for security operations and command of all special events which included: Super Bowl XLV (2011), NBA All-Star Game (2010), MLB World Series (2010 and 2011), and the NCAA Final Four Men's Basketball games (2014). Lauretta was the first African-American female sergeant, lieutenant, deputy chief and assistant chief in the history of the department.

Lauretta is the owner of Hill & Hill Consulting Group, which offers consultative services, strategic planning services, executive development, and strategic communication services to public safety executives. Lauretta also serves as the first vice president for Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators (TACUPA). Lauretta has a master's degree from Texas Christian University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management School.

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Water Is Awesome: Make Every Drop Count

Howard L. Saucier

Breakout 3

D155

 

This session will include a discussion of indoor and outdoor residential water usage and opportunities for conservation.


About the Speaker:
Howard L. Saucier

 

Howard Saucier is the irrigation auditor with the City of Dallas, Conservation Division of the Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability. He has been a licensed irrigator for more than 30 years. He is also a licensed backflow assembly tester and a certified landscape irrigation auditor. Howard has worked for the City of Dallas for 23 years, starting as a senior irrigation tech with the Parks and Recreation department.

His current responsibilities include the free irrigation evaluation program that is operated by the Conservation Division. Howard is a Dallas native who strongly believes in promoting the efficient use of our natural resources through education and technology.

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