Fourth Breakout Session
2 – 2:50 p.m.
Lake Clean Up
Sonia Ford and the Green Team
Come and join us to engage in a eco sustainable lake clean up activity to remove any trash, debri or substances that will pose a risk to our wildlife in Lake ThunderDuck.
About the Speaker:
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.
Partnerships to Solve Climate Change: Utilizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals’ Framework to Illustrate Real Solutions Defined by Paul Hawkens’ Project Drawdown
Where the UN Sustainable Development Goals provide a framework for sustainable communities, Project Drawdown presents 100 solutions that already exist — they just need to be scaled up to solve the climate change crisis. In this discussion, we will explore how the two projects can be utilized to illustrate real solutions to real problems.
About the Speaker:
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.
Why is Setting Financial Goals Important?
Whenever you start any journey, you need to map out how you will get from where you are now to where you want to be. It's the same when it comes to your finances: Establishing goals for yourself will help you envision what you want to achieve financially — so you'll stand a greater chance of actually reaching those goals.
About the Speaker:
Paul Colan’s career in financial related roles and industries spans more than 25 years. Mr. Colan started his career in public accounting and was a CPA for eight years, helping individuals and corporations with financial matters and tax related issues. Mr. Colan then moved into the corporate accounting world where he was chief financial officer (CFO) for multiple technology related business. In his corporate work, he was responsible for all financial related matters of the companies he served. His experience includes helping one of the companies with their Initial Public Offering (”going public”), multiple mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy proceedings and private financing activities.
After his tenure as a CFO, Mr. Colan decided to follow his passion in helping individuals and business owners with their personal finances. He is particularly focused on personal financial education and his goal is to “educate clients to become their own 'personal CFO' allowing them to make purposeful financial decisions a part of their everyday life.”
Texas Trees Foundation Campus Tree Farm Education Center Tour
Campus Tree Farm Education Center. Transportation will be provided.
The motto of the Texas Trees Foundation is “The Greening of North Central Texas.” The Foundation sustains a tree planting initiative for neighborhood parkways and medians, schools and other public spaces, a tree growing facility to assure a healthy supply of trees for the future and education programs to teach the importance and benefits of maintaining a healthy urban forest.
The tour will consist of going over the Nursery Safety Guidelines, talking about the guide's biography, talking about Texas Trees Foundation history of trees and current projects, discussing future plans, Tree ID and Anatomy and a demo of how to correctly plant a tree. A Q&A Session and talk about volunteering with Texas Trees Foundation.
About the Speaker:
Marc graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in agronomy in 2000. From 2001-2007, he worked as an assistant superintedent on several golf courses in Texas and Maryland. His interest in trees began in 2007 when he started a job as head grower with a municipality, M-NCPPC, a park system in Montgomery County, Md. M-NCPPC had a tree nursery consisting of 65 acres and more than 15,000 trees (both native and non-native) that were grown from bare root stock in containers and in the ground. In 2014, Marc moved back to Dallas to be close to his family and was very fortunate to land a job with Texas Trees Foundation.
He really enjoys working outside, working with people and making a difference in his community. His interests outside of work include playing and coaching hockey, playing video games, working on small projects around the house and most importantly my wife and children.