Campus & Community

Stevens Institute of Technology Announces Spring 2017 Sustainability Seminar Series Speakers

Study with an emerging leader in sustainability education.

(HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY) Stevens Institute of Technology is pleased to announce the start of the spring 2017 Sustainability Seminar Series beginning Wednesday, February 1, at the Altorfer Academic Complex on the Stevens campus in Hoboken, New Jersey. The weekly seminar series, which launched in fall 2016, hosts 10 speakers in the fall and 10 speakers in spring. The series takes place in Room 501 in Altorfer between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. every Wednesday. Attendance is free but seating is limited to 30 people, and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to [email protected]. For those who unable to attend in person, the seminar will also be live webcast by Steven's WebCampus and Blackboard Collaborate

The Sustainability Seminar Series is sponsored by the Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering and the Center for Environmental Systems and organized by the newly launched MS program in sustainability management within the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Science. 

“Our goal is to engage people in discussions on sustainability issues that are critical to our social, environmental and economic well-being,” says Dibyendu “Dibs” Sarkar, coordinator of the seminar series and director of the sustainability management program. “We plan to bring in experts from industry, academia, government and non-profit sectors who will talk in a relatively nontechnical manner about their work in various areas of sustainability and inspire the rest of us in following them in their footsteps to make the world greener.” Sarkar adds, “The participants will leave feeling more informed and to a certain extent, even empowered to spread the message of sustainable environment, sustainable society and sustainable business among their peers. That is the reason we at Stevens decided to make it free and to live webcast the seminars to any and all that are interested.”

Speakers scheduled for spring 2017 are:

  • February 1 - Kyle Tafuri, Hackensack University Medical Center

Sustainability as a Key Strategy of Population Health and Prevention

  • February 8 - Josh Galster, Montclair State University

The Ecohydrology of an Invasive Plant Species and its Impact on New Jersey's Water Resources

  • February 15 - Harun Asad, Con Edison

Sustainability Leadership in the Electric Power Sector

  • February 22 - Angelo Elmi, New York City Transit

Environmental Planning for Capital Projects

  • March 1 - Biswarup Guha, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Utilizing Sustainable Principles for Water Quality Management

  • March 8 - George Korfiatis, Stevens Institute of Technology

Sustainability: Scale and Complexity

  • March 22 - Maggie Sciubba, Knowledge Resource Sustainability Consulting

How Construction Affects Sustainability Efforts

  • March 29 - Robert Kuhn, Kuhn Associates Sustainability Advisors

Tackling Key Sustainability Challenges in Global Supply Chains

  • April 5 - Hamed Ghoddusi, Stevens Institute of Technology

Water-Energy-Food Nexus: The Need for Innovative Solutions

  • April 12 - Andrew Rella, ECOncrete, Inc.

Bringing Concrete to Life: The Ecological Enhancement of Coastal and Urban Infrastructure

The complete spring lineup is available on the Stevens website at:

The seminars will be archived in a YouTube channel named “Stevens Sustainability Seminar Series.” For more information on the seminar series,  if you would like to give a talk, or have speaker suggestions, contact Dr. Sarkar at [email protected]

For all media inquiries, please contact: Kat Cutler, Manager of Media Relations, [email protected]