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This event occurred on
April 13, 2013
12:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Potsdam, NY
United States

Sustainability is a global challenge to integrate - among other possibilities - environmental (green, renewable energies, consumption of resources, climate), economic (environmental management, earth science, environmental science, conservation biology, agriculture and technologies) and human/social challenges (health, trade, international and national law, ethical consumerism, urban planning and transport, lifestyles, change agents).

Clarkson University, Cheel Commons
10 Clarkson Avenue
Potsdam, NY, 13699
United States
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Kyle Monahan

Kyle Monahan is a graduate student at Clarkson University in the Institute for a Sustainable Environment. In the past, he has worked with the international aid group Sustainable Point of Use Water Treatment (SPOUTs) of Water in Uganda. More recently, he has been working with the Clarkson Ceramics Group consisting of a group of undergraduates and professors all aiming to refine the ceramic water filtration technology and help remove chemical contaminants from drinking water.

Patrick Wilbur

Patrick F. Wilbur is a computer science graduate student at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY, USA. His research interests include usable security, identification, virtualization, operating systems, artificial intelligence, ubiquitous computing, systems biology, and human-computer interaction. He is a co-author of Running Xen: A Hands-on Guide to the Art of Virtualization (Prentice Hall, 2008), and has co-taught a number of training programs at various technical conferences around the country. In his spare time, he enjoys being involved with his local church and spreading the good news of Christ Jesus, hiking, cooking, and writing essays, poetry, and music.

Kevin MacVittie

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Kevin MacVittie is a second year PhD student in the Chemistry and Biomolecular Science Department at Clarkson University. Kevin received his Bachelors in Chemistry from Clarkson University and has more than 4 years of experience in research in chemistry under the advisement of Dr. Evgeny Katz. To date, this work has resulted in 8 publications and a patent in the fields of biochemistry, biocomputing, and implantable biofuel cells.

Matthew Hadfield

Matthew Hadfield is a 2011 graduate of Clarkson University’s Biology Department. While at Clarkson Matthew was a member of both Tri-Beta and Phalanx Leadership Society. In 2010, with collaborators from the Department of Surgery at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, he co-founded Healthcheck Systems Inc. a small healthcare innovation start-up focused on developing and testing electronic checklists in surgical and operative settings. He currently resides in Boston, Ma and is also employed at the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center.

Scott Shipley

Scott Shipley is the president and owner of Northern Lights Energy, lnc., a solar electric system design and installation firm in Canton, NY. Scott founded the company in 1996. His specific areas of expertise are solar design and installation, energy usage and efficiency analysis, and electrical construction. Scott conducts presentations and trainings on energy efficiency technologies and techniques, energy efficiency analysis, solar installation, safety and design, and sustainable development through solar deployment. Scott holds a B.S. from Cornell University and a Certificate in Electrical Construction from SUNY College of Technology at Canton. Scott is certified by NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) in solar electric system installation and design. Scott has worked as a Senior Energy Analyst for Taitem Engineering, lthaca, NY. During his tenure, he conducted energy efficiency studies throughout New York State of multi-family buildings, hotels, commercial businesses, farms,.mixed-use buildings, non-profit companies and municipalities. He trained weatherization agencies on how to conduct energy effrciency analyses of multi-famity buildings and performed reviews of their analyses. Scott worked with Taitem to launch their solar design and installation division. Scott co-founded and worked for Community Energy Services, tnc. (CES) in Canton NY. CES was a not-forprofit dedicated to providing energy efficiency education and services to the North Country. As Director of Technical Services, he oversaw all energy efficiency services to homes, farms, businesses, not for profits and municipalities. Scott has held certifications from the Building Performance lnstitute in energy analysis of building structures, and heating systems. He was a NY State Energy Star Home rater and certifier.

David Gower

David is the creator of the concept and business plan for the NYSERDA funded Center for Evaluation of Clean Energy Technology (CeCeT) a consortium of academic research institutions and private organizations that leverage the expertise and facilities of all members toward providing commercialization assistance, research, pre-certification testing, evaluation and technical due-diligence services to manufacturers, project developers, government and private investors in clean energy technology. Raised in the Redwoods of Northern California by self-proclaimed hippies, he was offered the Xerox Award in Humanities and a scholarship to the University of Rochester. Upon visiting the campus he believed that the ivy on the buildings at the U of R meant it was an Ivy League school, so he accepted and headed East. Though not an Ivy League school, David did find Rochester to be a great learning experience with wonderful professors and made lifetime friends. He received a B.A. from the U of R in 1995 with a double major in Economics and Political Science and after working in internet start-ups in Rochester at the very beginning of the internet boom (circa 1995), he moved back west and joined CNET in San Francisco as employee #112 in 1997, he transferred to Italy in 1998 to setup an Italian version of CNET websites and learned to speak fluent Italian while working and living in Italy for several years. He completed an International MBA in 2005 granted from the University of Kansas; and after living in Italy and California ended up returning to Upstate (Western) New York to start a business with his freshman year roommate from the U of R. David found love online while living in the Buffalo area and now lives in Cortland NY with his wife Wendy, who works at Cornell University and their soon to be 2 year old boy. David is currently taking courses part-time at Clarkson University toward a PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering and wants to put this knowledge and his experience to practice in ensuring a New Clean Earth for his boy. Excelling at recognizing opportunity, David thrives on helping promising future clean technologies overcome the many barriers that exist between concept, prototype and actual commercial product. David is currently providing strategic advice to a start-up involved in environmental shipping and building products and is participating in a non for profit dedicated to the remediation of brownfield sites with the mission to turn perceived liabilities into assets that drive the economy and create clean tech jobs.

Bryce Bandish

Bryce Bandish is an innovator, a student, and an entrepreneur. He is very creative and is a Chemistry major with a Business minor. He currently owns and operates Maple Apparel and works for Swift Eyewear and the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship.

Barb Heller

A resident of St. Lawrence County for over 35 years, Barb Heller has had her own business since graduating college. In fact, she has several businesses. She is a musician, guitar teacher, and operator of Leaner Wieners Lunches, a gourmet sausage cart in Canton. In addition to musical and gourmet businesses, Barb has been a host for North Country Public radio for over 20 years, and music host for, NPR's digital 24-hour folk music stream.

Alisa Woods

Dr. Alisa Woods is a neurobiologist and mental health counselor and currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science at Clarkson University. She currently does research on autism biomarkers with her husband, Dr. Costel Darie, in the Laboratory of Biochemistry and Proteomics at Clarkson University. The long term goal of her research is to understand the connections between biochemistry and behavior in neurodevelopmental disorders, including Autism and ADHD. She is particularly interested in identification of protein biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis of neurodevelopmental disorders and in their use for monitoring the pyschotherapeutic/behavioral treatment of developmental disorders. She has 26 articles published in peer-reviewed journals including on the proteominc analysis of Autism biomarkers as well as numerous articles about neuroscience in the lay press, including for the New York Academy of Sciences website. Dr.Woods has received funding for the National Institutes of Mental Health, National Science Foundation, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Shine Pharmaceuticals for her work and she is the Director and Owner of Padure Biomedical Consulting, a medical communications consultancy. She recently spoke about autism biomarkers at the 10th Annual Hanse Symposium in Rostock Germany and received an award there for best presentation. Several of her family members have had autism and were successfully treated with early interventions, which contributes to her passion for promoting this idea.

Alex French

Alex French is a M.S. candidate of Environmental Policy and Governance at Clarkson University. He is the Teaching Assistant for the Adirondack Semester located in Saranac Lake. Alex studied anthropology and economics at SUNY Potsdam. Upon graduating from SUNY Potsdam he lived in Ethiopia for 6 months where he worked with a humanitarian group, Ascend Alliance / Engage Now Africa. Upon returning to Potsdam he worked as a landscaper planting trees, shrubs and flowers throughout St. Lawrence County. He and his wife led a campaign to have a small school built in a friend's village in the Rift Valley of Ethiopia. Near this school there is a reforestation project. Seeing the level of restoration of this site afier only 2 years inspired Alex to join the environmental movement.

Susan Powers

Susan E. Powers is the Associate Director and Spence Professor in the Institute for a Sustainable Environment at Clarkson University. She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes related to climate change, industrial ecology and engineering design. Dr. Powers oversees campus sustainability initiatives at Clarkson, which includes interacting with stakeholders from students through the President‘s cabinet to assure that sustainability considerations are integrated into all aspects of our operations, education and research endeavors and student life.

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