Keynote Speaker

Dr. T. Jackson Lears

Keynote Speaker Dr. Lears

Dr. Lears is Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University. His work focuses on American cultural and intellectual history, investigating the role of advertising, industrialization, and myth in the modernization of the U.S. Dr. Lears’ work reveals both the costs and benefits that these attributes of society lend to transformative moments in our nation’s history.

Designing to Thrive

Are you ready to be inspired to make a real change in your community – and in the world at large?

Come to learn and discuss key challenges and opportunities on the path to a more sustainable future. / Sponsored by Florida SouthWestern State College in partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the University of Florida, Lee County IFAS Extension.

When: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 – 12:00 to 6:00 pm
Where:Florida SouthWestern State College, Lee Campus
Building AA (Nursing Building) - Room AA-177
8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33919

*AICP/CM credits pending approval*

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Events are free and open to the public
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12:00 – 1:00 pm Brown Bag Lunch – Registration:
Student/Professional Informal Lunch Meet & Greet
1:00 – 1:20 pm Welcome Remarks:
Dr. John Meyer, Dean, ESC School of Business and Technology
Jon Iglehart, Director, Department of Environmental Protection
Roy Beckford, Director, UF/IFAS Lee County Extension
1:20 – 3:15 pm Panel on Sustainable Urban Agriculture
Facilitated by Sean Posey, Eastern Gateway Community College, Ohio
Solutions to Food Deserts; Edible Landscapes; Permaculture; Community Gardens; Aquaponics.
3:30 – 6:00 pm Panel on Sustainable Design & Construction
Facilitated by Paul Shahriari, Green Mind, Inc.
Integrated Design for Mixed Use; Incorporating Green Practices in Building Codes; Sustainable Goals Become Reality; Sustainable Storm Water Design; Transportation Design.
Wrap-Up and Next Steps

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