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Stevens Announces Spring 2019 Sustainability Seminar Series Speakers

New sponsor allows Stevens students to learn from even more industry leaders

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Sustainability is important at Stevens Institute of Technology.

From better batteries and stronger solar cells to conservation efforts for social, environmental and economic well-being, Stevens is trying to pave the way in sustainable technologies—and giving students access to leaders in the field is a key part of that strategy.

Enter Stevens sustainability seminar series.

The Spring 2019 Sustainability Seminar Series begins Wednesday, January 30 at Stevens’ campus in Hoboken, New Jersey. It is the fourth series offered by the sustainability management master’s program, and—thanks to new sponsorship from BEM Systems—is expected to the most popular yet.

"Our Spring 2019 seminar series continues our goal to engage people in discussions on sustainability issues critical to our social, environmental and economic well-being," says professor Dibyendu “Dibs” Sarkar, coordinator of the series and founding director of the program. "We are thankful to BEM Systems and Stevens’ Center for Environmental Systems for sponsoring the Spring 2019 series. Their generous support will allow us to host twelve engaging speakers from industry, government, non-profit, and academia who will discuss their work in various areas of sustainability ranging from climate resilient water management in New York City to the future of sustainable energy to local sustainability and resilience planning in the state of New Jersey."

Sarkar adds, "We are live webcasting the seminars for any interested in learning how to make our world more sustainable. They will also be archived on the Schaefer School of Science YouTube channel. Students attending the seminars in person are encouraged to engage in a 'meet and greet' with the speakers before the seminars. The speakers are all local and regional leaders in sustainability and many of them are interested in working with our students in a mentorship capacity."

That kind of access to potential employers, as well as the breadth of topics covered, is what makes the series so popular.

Speakers scheduled for Spring 2019 are:

  • January 30 - Jyoti Agarwal, Covanta: "No Waste is Ever Wasted at Covanta"
  • February 6 - Steven Eget, Dewberry: "Practical Sustainability" February 13 - Fatou Jabbie, USL Technology, Inc.: "Energy Codes and Local Laws: Guiding a Sustainable Future for High Performance Buildings"
  • February 20 - Erick Ford, New Jersey Energy Coalition: "Sustainable Future of Energy"
  • February 27 - Graham Bryant, Hydroworks, LLC: "The Art of Science: Engineering"
  • March 6 - Jill Lipoti, Rutgers University: "Sustainability is Not a ‘Thing;’ it is a ‘Way’"
  • March 13 - Shihab Kuran, Power Edison: "Energy Storage"
  • March 27 - Stacy Kruse, Rutgers University: "Sustainability and Resilience Planning at the Local Level"
  • April 3 - Jennifer Coffey, Association for New Jersey Environmental Commissions: "Challenges for Sustainable Clean Water Supply"
  • April 10 - Alan Cohn, New York Department of Energy: "Climate-Resilient Water Management in New York City"
  • April 17 - TBD
  • April 24 - TBD

The seminars will be held every Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm at the Altorfer Academic Complex. Attendance is free but seating is limited to 30 people, so please RSVP to Dr. Sarkar at [email protected] Refreshments will be provided.

The series is sponsored by BEM Systems and Stevens Center for Environmental Systems. It is organized by the sustainability management master’s program within the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Science.

More information about these speakers and the series is available on the Sustainability Seminar Series page. For those unable to attend seminars in person, the seminars will also be live webcast by Stevens's WebCampus and Blackboard Collaborate and archived on the Schaefer School of Science YouTube channel.

For more information on the seminar series, or if you would like to give a talk or suggest a speaker, contact Dr. Sarkar at [email protected]