Environmental Sustainability Experts Gather for SAU Conference Wednesday | Continuing education

Southern Arkansas University will host the inaugural SOAR, or South Arkansas, Sustainability Conference on Wednesday.

Organizers say the conferences aim to increase awareness, collaborations and actions to build a better future for southern Arkansas.

CLICK on the PDF to download the 16-page agenda and program details.

Founded by an alliance of Magnolia educational, business and public organizations, the conference is open to anyone interested in a sustainable future.

The conference begins at 9 a.m. with keynote speaker Meredith Bandy, vice president of investor relations and sustainability for Albemarle Corporation.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from business and academic experts during 19 breakout sessions beginning at 10 a.m.

“We are excited for the opportunity for our students to learn more about sustainability initiatives in southern Arkansas and how they can participate in expanding impact,” said Dr. Robin Sronce, dean of the Rankin College of Business and chair of the planning committee.

“We look forward to meaningful discussions with the community about next steps in sustainability efforts.”

Topics include:

— Environmental issues affecting the health of aquatic ecosystems in southern Arkansas.

— Sustainability through smarter inventory practices.

— Sustainable finance and its impact on the markets.

— The role of electric vehicle consumption in mitigating environmental pollution in different countries.

— Sustainable Tourism: Why It’s Good for Arkansas.

— Fighting hunger in southern Arkansas.

— Effect of using wood ash as an alternative filler in hot mix asphalt and road sub-base.

— Sustainable Local Business Success, presented by Southern Aluminum and Commercial Metals Company.

— Discover the benefits of environmental education.

— Fast fashion is dead, long live the circular economy.

— Forest sustainability: Arkansas’ forests and who owns them.

— Arkansas’ energy future.

— Roundtable on forest sustainability issues.

— Wildflower Lawns: An alternative to conventional lawn.

— The Atlas of Resilience: Bioregionalism and infrastructure.

Presenters will include many professors from Southern Arkansas University and the following:

— Hamdi Zurqani, Ph.D., assistant professor of forest science, University of Arkansas at Monticello

— Stacy Hurst, Secretary of Parks, Heritage and Tourism

— Jimmy Parker, Special Projects Coordinator, Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development District, Inc.

— Andrew Moffett, Chief Brand Officer, Southern Aluminum

— Morgan Daniel, Marketing at Southern Aluminum

— Jon Mark Quillin, Production Manager, Southern Aluminum

— Jimmy Glass, plant manager at CMC Steel Arkansas

— Sandy Marlar, Executive Director, Abilities Unlimited

— Dr. Michael Blazier, Dean of the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Arkansas at Monticello

— Dr. Peter MacKeith Dean of Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

— Dr. Pradip Saud, University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources

— Ana Gutierrez, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Arkansas Center for Forest Business

— Dr. Nana Tian, ​​Arkansas Forest Resources Center, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

— Dr. Sagar Chhetri, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Arkansas Center for Forest Business

— Dr. Matthew Pelkki, Professor and George Clippert Chair of Forestry, University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Forestry

–Joe Fox, State Forester, Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division

— Jessica Hawkins, forest ecologist, United States Forest Service, Ozark National Forest

— Brant Cobb, Texas CLT, Magnolia

— Jennifer Lambert, Arkansas Forestry Association

— Allen and Ginny Nipper, Landowners, Magnolia

— Teddy Reynolds, Consulting Forester

— Jeannette Curtis, Talbert Logging and Trucking, Benton

— Ken McCown, Professor and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Arkansas

The public is invited to attend. Conference registration including a lunch ticket is $20 with reservations.

Click here to register online.

Dr. Michael Blazier, dean of the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and Dr. Peter MacKeith, dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the ‘University of Arkansas, will present Approach to Forest and Community Sustainability’ during the midday lunch.

Participants can also register for sessions for $10.

Call Sronce with any questions at 870-235-4301 or email [email protected]

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