Final Talk of the Spring Semester (2018)

On Thursday, May 10, we hosted Mr. Sebastian Stelios Jannelli. Mr. Jannelli talked of his time with Green Peace, the largest, nonprofit, environmental organization in the world, which is based in over 40 countries. It was founded in 1971 and helped spark the modern environmental movement. Mr. Jannelli was the editor-in-chief for its magazine and told donors how their gifts helped Green Peace take action.

Mr. Jannelli’s first interaction with the organization was in Greece, when they implemented a turtle protection program. During college, Mr. Jannelli studied Political Science and a Green Peace video that his professor showed in class changed his life. He loves that Green Peace was and is willing to put its lives on the line to protect the planet. Mr. Jannelli also proudly supports Green Peace for being an organization that can take nonviolent, direct action to help the planet.

Mr. Jannelli elaborated on Green Peace’s former campaigns, such as orca/whale killing and rain forest protection. Right now, Green Peace is focused on curbing climate change, by targeting arctic oil. Another priority campaign for the organization is the protection of pollinators.

Here at UD, Mr. Jannelli hopes that we can establish native meadows to help support the pollinator population, especially with the massive die offs in pollinators that we have recently witnessed. He hopes that it can be a people-powered movement, one that will show people that they too are empowered to take action to make a difference in their community and the world.

 

Final Talk of the Spring Semester (2018)

Mr.Sebastian Stelios Jannelli

Hey Green Liaisons!

Please join us for our final talk of the semester on Thursday, May 10 from 12:30 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. in the Ewing Room (located in the Perkins Student Center).

We will be hearing from Mr. Sebastian Stelios Jannelli, who will be sharing a brief presentation on his work with Green Peace. Currently, Mr. Stelios Jannelli is the Assistant Director of Development at UD.

All are welcome to attend! We will be serving light refreshments!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Your co-chairs,

Francis Karani, Mohana Gadde, Ali Mahdi

Engineers Without Borders Talk

On March 9th, we hosted Lia Dawson, Grace Moran, and Olivia Powell from UD’s Engineers Without Borders chapter. The ladies mentioned that Since 2002, the EWB has completed 698 projects in 46 countries with the help of its 16,810 members from 300 different chapters. At UD, EWB has completed two projects since 2006 and is currently working on two right now. The UD chapter includes 60 students and a little over 10 professionals (faculty members).

The EWB’s mission is to build stronger communities by alleviating social, economic, and political issues and to build stronger global leaders by equipping students to become leaders who are fit to handle the world’s most pressing problems.

One of their projects was completed in 2013, in Guatemala. The ladies mentioned that the Guatemala community had been split by a river, which caused an issue for locals who couldn’t get to the other side during flooding. So, the EWB helped by building a sustainable bridge that could withstand a magnitude seven earthquake. Currently, they are helping people in the Philippines and Malawi.

The EWB also has a local outreach program that has produced 60 + service hours, bolstered community engagement, and created good, local partnerships. The EWB’s vision is to expand local presence, expand engineering capacity, and challenge its students. This will allow for it to build stronger communities, focusing on: community development, education, agency, and creating student leaders.

For more information, please do check out the following link: http://www.ewb-ud.org/

First Talk of the Spring Semester (2018)

Hey Green Liaisons!

Join us as we host Ms.Lia Dawson from UD’s Engineers Without Borders chapter and two of its project managers. Come hear about the organization’s efforts in the Philippines, Malawi, & surrounding Delaware community. We will be learning about EWB-DE’s successful water distribution mission in Cameroon and the future goals of the organization!

The event will be held on Friday, March 9th in the Ewing Room in the Perkin’s Student Center from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, and food/light refreshments will be offered. The event is free, and everyone is welcome!

Your co-chairs,

Francis Karani, Mohana Gadde, Ali Mahdi

Food and Sustainability

Professor Wiens is a registered dietitian-nutritionist and teaches nutrition classes at UD. She currently teaches BHAN 130: Sustainability and Food. In this class, students are introduced to the use of local/seasonal food and partner with UD’s farm to enjoy farm-to-table food.

Professor Wiens grew up watching David Suzuki, an environmentalist. She attended UBC and majored in nutrition, which was housed in the health sciences/agriculture department. Subsequently, she was exposed to sustainability when she took agroeconomic classes as an undergrad. Following her time in college, she became a vegetarian and found the closest soap box to talk about topics related to sustainability.

She strongly believes that sustainability is about taking a more holistic approach. While many people think that eating organic is one good way to do so, Professor Wiens stated that “organic” is not a panacea. She mentioned that we can also reduce our eco footprint by: being a locavore more often, choosing organic food wisely, eating more plants, having sympathy for chickens, consuming smaller, wild, local fish, being fair-minded, and creating less waste. She stated that 31-40% of our food is thrown away. That’s more than 20 pounds of food per person every month!

In conclusion, we learned quite a lot about not only sustainability, but also how we as consumers can choose more wisely and help out the environment. Two major keypoints that we took from her talk were that,“sustainability must be livable to be sustainable,” and we must, “strive to be better and not expect perfection.”

 

Final Green Liaisons Talk of the Fall Semester 2017

Professor Kristin Wiens

Hey Green Liaisons!

Please join us for our final talk of the semester on Friday, December 1st from 11:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. in the Ewing Room (located in the Perkins Student Center).

We will be hearing from Professor Kristin Wiens, who will be sharing a brief presentation on Sustainability and Nutrition! Professor Wiens is currently an instructor in Behavioral Health and Nutrition at UD and teaches several courses (including BHAN 130: Sustainability & Nutrition).

All are welcome to attend! To celebrate the cold weather and the end of the summer that is quickly approaching, we will be serving hot chocolate (with mini marshmallows) and hot, apple cider! We will also be serving other light refreshments as well.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Your co-chairs,

Francis Karani, Mohana Gadde, Alexa Messick

 

Our Second Talk of the Spring 2017 Semester

On October 23, 2017, we hosted Kim Hachadoorian from the Nature Conservancy. She talked about her educational pathway as well as the Streams Stewards program.

Kim got her degree in Forest Ecology from SUNY college in Syracuse, NY. She focused on forest health and engaged in a program that protected forested watershed in NYC. Following her undergrad, she went to grad school and was an environmental educator for Audubon. Presently, she works in the First State National Historical Park with the Nature Conservancy and helps oversee the Stream Stewards program.

The Nature Conservancy is a global organization, and their mission is, “to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.” The Nature Conservancy has expanded their mission to take in not just conservation work, but also urban programs. Partnering with the NC and Stroud, Stream Stewards is a citizen science program that recruits and trains volunteers to help collect data of the watersheds in the park. The Brandywine River, for instance, supplies water for all of Wilmington. Kim mentioned that everyone lives in a watershed and that we all affect the quality of water. Volunteers help monitor the water quality at Beaver Creek, Ramsey Run, Palmer Run, Hurricane Run, and Rocky Run. They assess the habitat and use parameters such as turbidity and conductivity, nitrate and phosphate levels along with sensor stations to continually monitor the sites.

Overall, her talk was extremely insightful as she mentioned not only her career pathway but also the Stream Stewards program and other ways to get involved and be a part of conservation work.

First Talk of the Spring Semester 2017

On September 27, 2017, we hosted Sam Baranski and Lorin Felter from the First State National Historical Park. They both talked about their pathway to their current jobs and provided information about the First State National Historical Park.

Currently, Sam manages all the volunteer programs for the park and does a lot of visitor communication and community outreach. She received her Bachelors in Park Recreation and Nature Services and realized she wanted to interact with the public and interpret. She got a position with assisting a volunteer coordinator and promoting social media. She also worked with the Chief of Interpretation at Harper’s fairy, developing a wayside management plan. Lorin is the head of interpretation and education at the park, and she tackles the idea of how to take initiatives at a national level. She was an architecture undergrad and mentioned always being around historical places during her childhood. She decided to switch things up and ended up going to the University of Hawaii in Oahu for grad school. She got her Masters in American Studies and Historic Preservation. Following graduation, she was an intern at Pearl Harbor, as a front lane park ranger.

Both Lorin and Sam gave an overview of the First State National Historical Park as well. The park tells the story of Delaware from colony to statehood. It was designated as a national monument and it included three initial sites: Beaver Valley, New Castle Court House, and the Dover Green. In 2014, it was redesignated and added four more sites, for a total of seven sites in all three counties. They are: Beaver Valley, Fort Christina, Old Swedes Church, the New Castle Court House, Dover Green, the John Dickinson Plantation, and the Ryves Holt House. The sites also tell about the underlying stories that have not been told about the Revolution as well as the connection between European powers and the relationship with the Lenape all the way up to the signing of the Constitution.

Sam and Lorin also emphasized ways that the public can get involved. Beaver Valley, for example, works a lot with the Nature Conservancy and partners with schools to get students engaged in the outdoors and conservation. During the NPS’ centennial, they hosted a bioblitz, where the public helped them inventory all species within a 24 hour period. Volunteers are always welcome, and when you aquire 250 hours of volunteer work, you will receive a volunteer pass. It’ll allow you to get into any park in the state of Delaware.

To conclude, this talk was very insightful as myself and the audience found out about not only the national monument in Delaware, but also the pathway both ladies took. I think I speak for everyone there when I say that their talk really connected with us all, as many college students wonder what their future career will be and how to tie in their interests to jobs.

 

 

 

 

 

Second Lunch of the Semester

Kim Hachadoorian, Photo: linkedin.com

 

Please join us NEXT TUESDAY, October 24th from 12:15-1:15 pm in the Ewing Room (located in the Perkins Student Center).

We will be featuring Kim Hachadoorian, who works with The Nature Conservancy as the Stream Stewards Project Manager for the Delaware Chapter.

She currently manages a citizen science program, which encourages members of the community to become involved with water quality testing of the tributaries of the Brandywine River, specifically those located within First State National Historical Park. Kim also serves as a mentor for the GLOBE/ Watershed Fellows Intern programs, which invites college students every summer to gain valuable work experience and develop beneficial professional skills. In addition to working for one of the most well-known environmental non-profits, Kim has a lot of interesting prior work experiences to share such as being an Urban Park Ranger in New York and a Program Coordinator with Audubon.

All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served!

Lobbying to Stop Climate Change

Publicity Photo of Michael Chajes

On April 21, 2017, Green Liaisons hosted our last lunch of the spring semester with a talk by Dr. Michael Chajes, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UD and a Founding Member of Delaware’s Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL). Dr. Chajes spoke about the fundamentals of climate change, and then about CCL’s plan to stop climate change using a carbon pricing proposal.

CCL, an international, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which has hundreds of chapters across the U.S. and the world, believes that the solution to climate change should begin at the economic and political level. Based on the idea that the industries making fossil fuels available do not currently have to pay for the externalities of their products (for example, health effects such as asthma), CCL proposes a carbon fee and dividend program, whereby industries would pay a fee when they take a fossil fuel out of the ground, and then that money would be paid back to citizens in the form of a dividend each year. In their plan, CCL has also accounted for the need for a border adjustment both into and out of the country, as most countries do not currently have a plan in place like this one.

According to CCL, this plan could bring emissions levels to 50% below 1990s levels in just 20 years. This plan is also intended to provide net job growth, net GDP growth, and, in the long-term, improved health and wellbeing of citizens.

Members of CCL do public speaking, attend tablings, write letters-to-the-editors and op-eds, and meet with members of Congress from both parties. Because they are a nonpartisan organization, CCL strives to–and indeed has already–garnered support for a carbon fee and dividend program from both sides of the political spectrum.

If you’re interested, you can get involved with the Delaware chapter or with any of the other many CCL chapters nearby. Check out CCL’s website for more info!

And you can see Dr. Chajes’s entire talk for Green Liaisons here!