LIVING STORIES: Sustainability

Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017Living Stories logo

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Meyer Library 2nd Floor

Be a part of Meyer Library’s first LIVING STORIES project! 

Living Stories provides everyone with a chance to encounter books that come alive and talk back!  Our “books” are people with stories to tell and experiences to share, and our readers are free to ask questions and enjoy conversations with their books!  Our books this year include people from different backgrounds who have engaged in the practical issues of sustainability.  As a reader, you will have the opportunity to bust various myths about sustainability, learn how you can make a difference, and interact with your book about your thoughts!  

The “living book” descriptions are listed below along with the SignUpGenius button to reserve your 10 minute session with one or more of our living stories!  

Sponsored by the Meyer Library





John Clark

It's Not Easy Being Green

What does it take to provide a safe, clean and aesthetically pleasing campus to all who visit while being sustainable at the same time? A discussion about balancing sustainability, maintaining campus grounds and students desires concerning tree care, hammocks on campus, rain gardens, irrigation, lawn care, chemical usage and bike parking

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Brian Greene

Herpetology in the Anthropocene 

Herpetology, the study of amphibians and reptiles, was a childhood fascination that I was fortunate to transform into a career. Over the last several decades, the impact of human population growth has had negative consequences for biodiversity. Contemporary animal ecologists are now as invested in conserving and managing shrinking populations of their focal organisms as they are in understanding of their basic biology. Mitigation of declining biodiversity is a major contribution to sustainability.

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Tammy Jahnke

Passionate Steps

People make decisions every day and the decisions we make affect our environment.  Does it matter if you buy a bottle of water or if you refill your water bottle?  Does it matter if you take cloth bags to the grocery store to bring home your groceries?  Does it matter if you turn off the fan and lights in a room when you leave it?  Can some errands be done walking or biking instead of getting in your car?  What do you do with clothing that you no longer wear?  We can each take one step, one challenge to make a difference.  What steps have you taken this year?  I am always looking for new ideas.  Can we change the culture one step at a time?  And if we can make individual steps what can a university do to make a difference?

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Pilar Karlen

The Power of Energy Management: Managing Energy and Resources for a Sustainable Future

Energy management includes planning and operation of energy production and energy consumption units. Objectives are resource conservation, climate protection and cost savings, while the users have permanent access to the energy they need.
How much energy does Missouri State University use in a day? Why is important  to manage energy? What is an Energy management System? What is an energy audit? What is a Building Automation System?  What is meant by energy monitoring? What is meant by energy conservation? Why is important to conserve energy? How can we conserve energy? How does energy efficiency help the environment?

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Jerrica Massey

What Sustainabilility Means to You

When someone says "sustainability" do you immediately picture a vague blur of green arrows and triangles and trees? If so, you may believe sustainability to be a something specifically associated with environmental movements and organizations. But, "sustainability" could be applied to almost any type of practice in some way. In fact, you could be using sustainability in a way you never thought about. Let's find out!

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Thomas Peters

Gutter Margins and Other Lamentable Aspects of Paper and Print

For decades people have been predicting the death of printed books and the rise of digital reading and paperless offices. Yet, well into the second decade of the 21st century, humans continue to consume massive quantities of paper, both for printed texts and for other types of paper products. What is paper good for? What are some of the sustainability challenges of the massively paper-based world in which we live? How can we improve the production, use, and recycling of paper? Come engage in a collaborative exploration of the big picture regarding paper, as well as what the MSU learning community could do to make our use of paper more responsible and sustainable.

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Caryn Saxon

Mass Incarceration in an Era of Sustainability

The U.S. incarcerates its people at a higher rate than any other country in the world, and 22 of our states incarcerate at a higher rate than the U.S. as a whole.  I have been volunteering in state prisons, federal prisons, and county jails for over 15 years and am eager to talk to you about what mass incarceration is costing us financially and socially, as well as how we can apply the concept of sustainability to our criminal justice system.    

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