I received the following from PSC Co-chair Don Lange.
The Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival is held in downtown Fort Worth April 16-19. UT Arlington is the Environmental Sponsor for this year’s event. The PSC along with the Festival Organizers have implemented items to make the event more sustainable, including the Off Main Street program where the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center is offering educational sessions. The schedule for Off Main Street at the Fort Worth Center is listed below and has a strong sustainability theme. Come support the Arts Festival as well as Off Main Street!
2009 MAIN St. Fort Worth Arts Festival
OFF MAIN at the UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center
FRIDAY, APRIL 17
“It’s Underway in DC: Global Warming Law and Regulation”
Richard Greene, UT Arlington School of Urban and Public Affairs adjunct professor, former Mayor of Arlington (1987-1997), former Regional Administrator of the US EPA (2003-2009)
What is being done to develop the legal and regulatory framework to control greenhouse gas emissions to deal with global warming? Former EPA Administrator Greene will discuss the new structure that President Obama has created for the nation’s energy/environmental cabinet-level programs, and the initiatives in Congress to address the problems of global warming. He will explain the recent EPA endangerment finding that is the initial step toward the development of rules and regulations under existing law to control the releases of greenhouse gas emissions, and how these initiatives are moving forward (or not) in DC.
**Reception preceding lecture at UT Arlington’s Fort Worth Center Gallery76102 beginning at 5:00 p.m.
SATURDAY, APRIL 18
“Creating Treasure from Trash: An Artist’s Perspective”
Julia Schloss, Resurrection Art
Fun, artful, creative, money-making recycling tips, ideas and information from a lifelong salvage artist.
“The Effects of Sustainable Technology on Students”
Kurt Ortley, AIA, LEED AP, UT Arlington School of Architecture adjunct professor and architect
The global environmental benefits of sustainability initiatives are widely known and discussed, but what real life effects can they have on the world’s smallest citizens? Besides future impacts, how can learning in a healthier, more sustainable environment change the educational abilities and physical development of our children today? Mr. Ortley will discuss the definitive information that has been released from the American Neurological Society, the Children’s Health Coalition, and the Environmental Protection Agency concerning effects ranging from physical growth to brain size to test scores – and even some less likely impacts like dental health.
“UT Arlington’s Extensive Green Roof: First Year Results”
David Hopman, UT Arlington School of Architecture assistant professor and landscape architect
In April 2008, UT Arlington volunteers transformed 1,000 square feet stop the existing Life Science Building into the North Texas region’s first experimental green roof. The on campus installation included roofing systems, irrigation, plants and about 30,000 pounds of soil. One year later, David Hopman, supervisor of this groundbreaking project, discusses his findings.
SUNDAY, APRIL 19
“Planet Performance & Small Business: Can going Green get you into the Black?
Kimberley Jardine, UT Arlington Small Business Development Center for Enterprise Excellence
There is a widespread misconception that going green in business means taking expensive and intrusive measures that have no financial return. Ms. Jardine will discuss Sustainable Business Strategies with a emphasis on Planet Performance by outlining simple behavioral changes that small businesses can make to green their business and save money in the process.