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CCC's Sustainability Project Is Looking for Speakers

Clackamas Community College is presently organizing a term-long sustainability project, featuring speakers who are writers, scientists, anthropologists, horticulturalists, and more. We are wondering what other speakers or activities we might seek to add to our list of events. Please share your ideas, if you'd like. Thanks.
Clackamas Community College is presently organizing a term-long sustainability project for this spring and probably future springs, featuring speakers who are writers, scientists, anthropologists, horticulturalists, and more. We are wondering what other speakers or activities we might seek to add to our list of events. Please share your ideas. Thanks.

CCC Sustainability Project Events (as of March 16, 2006)

April 5 (Weds.), noon and 7:30 in McLoughlin Theater (revamped into a large lecture hall). TOM LAUGLE on "The Global Overview."

Tom Laugle directs CCC¡¦s Environmental Safety and Health program. He teaches classes in wildland fire fighting, environmental regulations, safe boating practices and boating emergencies, the prevention of environmental pollution and reduction of hazardous substances and wastes in the environment, and more. In this talk, he will present an overview of how human activities are currently affecting the balance of life on the planet.

April 10 (Mon.), noon to 1:00, RR 220 Film: Ecological Design ¡V Inventing the Future, with Elizabeth Howley.

Bring a sack lunch and view this winner of 7 film festival awards which illuminates the emergence of ecological design in the 20th century. The film features the ideas and prototypes of pioneering designers who have trail-blazed the development of sustainable architecture, cities, energy systems, transport and industry. Elizabeth Howley, Ext. 2389.

April 11 (Tues.), noon and 7:30 in McLoughlin Theater DR. ROBERT KEELER on "Baseline Oregon: The Eve of Euro-American Settlement."

The Oregon Country of 200 years ago, as seen by the first Euro-Americans to explore, occupy, and settle this land, was a landscape shaped by thousands of years of human interaction with nature. As such, it was not a ¡§Pristine¡¨ or ¡§Natural¡¨ world. Yet it was a world in which Native American cultures had developed a relationship with nature that was in balance and capable of adjusting to changes in climate and environmental productivity to sustain human life over long periods of time. The arrival of Euro-Americans altered this balance, slowly at first as they explored and trapped and settled in small numbers, more rapidly as their numbers grew and their ways of life impacted the landscape more and more deeply and permanently. ¡§Baseline Oregon¡¨ is a snapshot of this region on the cusp of change, at the half-century long moment when the Native American landscape was vanishing and our modern world had not yet come into being. We can examine this time and place and use it to measure the changes we have wrought on the land over the last 150 years and to evaluate their impacts and sustainability as we look toward the future.

April 12 (Weds.), evening, RR 220. LANCE OLSEN, experimental writer, new media.

Author Lance Olsen will read at 7:00 pm in the Winklesky Literary Arts Center (Rook 220). Olsen is the author of eight novels, one hypertext, four critical studies, four short-story collections, a poetry chapbook, and a textbook about fiction writing, as well as editor of two collections of essays about innovative contemporary fiction. His short stories, essays, poems, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals, magazines, and anthologies, including Fiction International, Iowa Review, Village Voice, Time Out, BOMB, Gulf Coast, and Best American Non-Required Reading. Olsen is an N.E.A. fellowship and Pushcart prize recipient, and former Idaho Writer-in-Residence. Among other issues, Mr. Olsen will discuss the future of publishing and the new media.

April 17 (Mon.), noon to 1:00, RR 220. Film: Backyard Conservation ¡V One Yard at a Time, with Elizabeth Howley.

Bring a sack lunch and view this film and learn about what plants may be used to attract wildlife to your yard. You will receive plans for a bat house ¡V to help rid your garden of those pesky mosquitoes, you will receive guides for building bird houses and a worm box to compost your vegetable scraps to help build your garden soil. Elizabeth Howley, Ext. 2389.

April 19 (Weds.), 7:30, McLoughlin Theater KATHLEEN DEAN MOORE environmental writer, Oregon Book Award Winner for Creative Nonfiction in 2005... now Author's Night with Allen Widerburg.

Moore is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and the founding director of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word. Her current work is in the areas of environmental ethics and philosophy and nature, where she has published three award-winning books of essays: The Pine Island Paradox (Milkweed Editions, 2004); Holdfast: At Home in the Natural World (Lyons Press, 1999, 2004); and Riverwalking: Reflections on Moving Water (Harcourt Brace, 1996). She is co-editor of a forthcoming collection of articles about Rachel Carson¡¦s legacy and challenge and the co-editor of How It Is: A Native American Philosophy, the collected papers of the late Viola Cordova. By combining personal narrative with natural history and philosophical inquiry, Moore brings environmental philosophy to a general audience in journals that range from Orion, Discover, Field and Stream, Audubon, and Wild Earth to the North American Review, the New York Times Magazine, and Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment. At Oregon State University, Moore teaches the Philosophy of Nature, a field course that meets beside a Cascades Mountain lake; Environmental Ethics, a community-based projects course; and Critical Thinking. She coordinates a university/community lecture course on Native American Philosophies. Off-campus, in a variety of landscapes from interior Alaska to the Apostle Islands, Moore teaches the art of the nature essay.

April 20 (Thurs.), noon, RR 220 CHARLES GOODRICH environmental poet.

Goodrich is Director of the Spring Creek Project Program at Oregon State University. He is the author of a volume of poems, Insects of South Corvallis (Cloudbank Books, 2003), and a collection of essays about nature, parenting, and building his own house, The Practice of Home (Lyons Press, 2004). He has also edited two anthologies, Let Us Drink to the River: Poems for the Willamette River, and T¡¦cha teemanwi: Poems for Marys Peak. His essays and poetry have appeared in many magazines including Orion, Open Spaces, Willow Springs, Zyzzyva, The Sun, and Best Essays Northwest, and a number of his poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on the National Public Radio program, ¡§The Writer¡¦s Almanac.¡¨ For twenty-five years Goodrich worked as a professional gardener, and in his writing and teaching he still looks to the garden as a model for interacting with nature. Goodrich has an MFA in creative writing from Oregon State University. He lives with his family near the confluence of the Marys and Willamette Rivers in south Corvallis.

April 22 (Sat.)--all day, the Watershed Summit, with Robin Cody, Will Hornyak, and others!

Events will include:
„X Storytelling
„X Puppet shows
„X Music
„X Informational water resource booths
„X Speakers
„X Workshops
„X Hands-on activities for kids
„X Compost bin sale
„X Art
„X Food
„X Lots of giveaways

Robin Cody will deliver the keynote address at the CCWET Water Conference, at 2:00 pm in the Gregory Forum. Cody is the author of Ricochet River, a novel set in a small Oregon logging town. His Voyage of a Summer Sun, a nonfiction book about canoeing the Columbia River, won the 1996 Oregon Book Award for literary nonfiction. He teaches seminars on writing in and about nature.

April 22 (Sat.)--all day, Walk of Life.

Experience the relative amounts of time between breakthroughs in the development of life on this planet. This is a 5K walk where participants will discover information about how and when the various stages of development occurred. Karen Halliday.

April 28 (Fri.), 7:30 p.m., McLoughlin Theater--DR. PETER WARD of U. of Wash., author and scientist.

Dr. Ward is a paleontologist and professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is currently examining the nature of the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event with studies in France and Spain involving detailed field work that concentrates on ammonites and bivalves. Ward is also researching speciation patterns and ecology of the living cephalopods Nautilus and Sepia and examining the stratigraphic history of West Coast Cretaceous basins through detailed biostratigraphy and basin analysis. He is author of On Methuselah¡¦s Trail: Living Fossils and the Great Extinctions and The Natural History of Nautilus.

May 4 (Thurs.), 7:30, McLoughlin Theater--DR. ROBERT BASS of OIT--renewable energy systems.

At 7:30 pm in the McLaughlin Theater, Robert Bass, Ph.D. will discuss renewable energy possibilities and the Oregon Institute of Technology¡¦s efforts in this area. He is an assistant professor of Renewable Energy Systems at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Portland, OR. Currently, he teaches courses in renewable energy and electronics engineering technology, specifically in the areas of semiconductors, photovoltaic systems, power systems and amplifiers. The renewable energy systems degree program is the first of its kind in North America, so Dr. Bass is primarily dedicated to designing novel course curricula specifically for this degree.

May 8 (Mon.), Sustainability Fair, Campus Central.

Learn about green technology, solar power, and Portland area organizations that are taking an active role in helping our community adjust to the future. Discover careers, make friends, enjoy music and food, and learn how to act as if the planet depended upon it.

May 11 (Thurs.), 7:30, McLoughlin Theater¡XDR. MARK HIXON of OSU--marine life and global warming.

Dr. Mark Hixon will give a talk on Oregon¡¦s marine reserves at 7:30 pm in the McLoughlin Theater. Dr. Hixon is the Helen Thompson Professor of Marine Conservation Biology at Oregon State University. An expert on the ecology of coastal marine fishes, he serves as Oregon¡¦s representative on the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee as an executive appointee of both the Clinton and Bush administrations. His research has included long-term manned-submersible studies of rockfishes off the coast of Oregon. A National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Fulbright Senior Scholar, and Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, Dr. Hixon will speak on the science of protecting areas of the ocean to promote conservation and sustainability, especially in the context of Oregon¡¦s ongoing and highly controversial process to establish a limited network of marine reserves in state waters. His illustrated talk will include photographs of Oregon¡¦s deep ocean environment and sea life.

May 12 (Fri.), noon to 5:00 PLANT SALE: in front on the Clackamas Community College greenhouses ¡V next to Clairmont Hall.

Many heirloom tomato and vegetable starts will be sold my members of the Clackamas Community College Horticulture Club. Elizabeth Howley, Ext. 2389.

May 17 (Weds.), 7 p.m., McLoughlin Theater¡XMichael O¡¦Brien of the City of Portland¡¦s Office of Sustainable Development on Energy Efficiency at Home.

Mike O¡¦Brien will discuss energy efficiency of buildings and ¡§green¡¨ construction techniques; as part of his presentation, he will guide audience members through an evaluation of the efficiency of their own homes. He helped create Portland General Electric¡¦s Earth Advantage program, which has sparked numerous green buildings and homes throughout the city. He and Greg Acker worked together on the HERE Today house, Portland¡¦s first demonstration green home. O¡¦Brien is regionally recognized as an authority on residential energy and efficiency and indoor air quality. O¡¦Brien provides technical assistance and training for the G/Rated program.

May 22 (Mon.), noon to 1:00, RR 220 Film: The Future of Life, Edward O. Wilson. With Elizabeth Howley.

Bring a sack lunch and view this film featuring Edward O. Wilson, a Pellegrino University Research Professor and Honorary Curator in Entomology of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. This film was produced in cooperation with the Ecological Society of America. The Future of Life is Edward O. Wilson¡¦s exclusive video presentation of his seminal contributions to the study of biological diversity. Elizabeth Howley, Ext. 2389.

May 24 (Weds.), noon to 2:00, RR 220--LIZ WOODY, Native Am poet

Writer Elizabeth Woody will be reading at noon in the Literary Arts Center, followed immediately by a Q&A session. Woody received an American Book Award in 1990 for Hand into Stone, and is one of the founding members of the Northwest Native American Writers Association. She also works as a Special Advisor for Community Programs and Place-Based Initiatives at the non-profit environmental organization Ecotrust of Portland, OR.

June 3 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Water Efficient Demonstration Garden ¡V next to Clairmont Hall east parking lot, with Elizabeth Howley.

1st annual celebration of the Clackamas Community College Water Efficient Demonstration Garden, includes tours of the garden, information on water efficient landscaping, soil prep, plant experts, and free giveaways! Elizabeth Howley, Ext. 2389.

June 3 (Sat.)--all day, Walk of Life.

Experience the relative amounts of time between breakthroughs in the development of life on this planet. This is a 5K walk where participants will discover information about how and when the various stages of development occurred. Karen Halliday.

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