SMU hosts series of sustainability events throughout April 2013

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SMU hosts series of sustainability events throughout April 2013

Poster art for YERT: Your Environmental Road TripFree campus screenings of two popular environmental documentaries April 4-5 and the return of SMU’s Engineering and Humanity Week April 6-12 are highlights of a month of sustainability-themed events that will underscore the celebration of Earth Day 2013 on Monday, April 22.

Living With the Trinity, showing at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum, focuses on the political history surrounding management of the Trinity River. The screening will feature an introduction by writer, producer and director Rob Tranchin.

YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip shows at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. The film takes a humorous cross-country look at environmental issues through the eyes of three friends travelling together. Both screenings are sponsored by SMU’s Sustainability Committee and Friends of the SMU Libraries.

The “Barefoot on the Boulevard” sustainability and music festival runs from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 6 on the Bishop Boulevard lawn. Also free and open to the public, “Barefoot” will feature a short talk and concert at 4:30 p.m. by former Sudanese child soldier and hip-hop humanitarian Emmanuel Jal, whose appearance is being made possible by the organizers of Engineering & Humanity Week.

> TIME Magazine: 10 Questions: Emmanuel Jal

Sponsored by Students For a Better Society and the SMU Sustainability Committee, “Barefoot on the Boulevard” will include economically priced food, booths featuring environmental organizations and vendors, and student music acts including the Southern Gentlemen, JSpear, Sean Hadeler, Adam the Bard, Chris Escarfullery, Sudie and Dan Howard.

David de Rothschild

Adventurer and environmentalist David de Rothschild brings the Plastiki, an experimental sailing vessel made of reclaimed bottles, to Dallas for SMU’s 2013 Engineering and Humanity Week.

Engineering & Humanity Week will bring global solution seekers to Dallas and SMU around the theme of “Water: Ripple Effects.” Among the highlights is a visit from the Plastiki – a unique sailing vessel made of reclaimed plastic drink bottles. Engineering & Humanity Week honors its captain, David de Rothschild, with the 2013 Visionary Award at a dinner and reception in Fair Park’s Centennial Hall on Saturday, April 6.

Emmanuel Jal will also be honored at the dinner with the E&H Week Humanitarian Award and will perform his international hit, “We Want Peace,” accompanied by student musicians from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. The 6 p.m. dinner is open to the public, and tickets may be purchased at eandhweek2013.eventbrite.com.

> National Geographic Explorers: David de Rothschild, Environmental Storyteller

Most of the program is scheduled for the SMU campus and is free and open to the public – such as the outdoor, interactive water distribution camp that mimics sites in refugee camps. “The Water Tap” (pictured below) on April 9-10 will allow both the SMU community and visitors to learn about and try solutions for problems of water scarcity and sanitation in the developing world. E&H Week is sponsored by Hunter and Stephanie Hunt, SMU’s Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity and the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Center.

Written by Kimberly Cobb

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April 4, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News|

Mustang Express now offering Saturday service

SMU’s Mustang Express now operates on Saturdays. The popular free rides serving the Bishop Boulevard, Greenville Avenue and Amesbury Drive areas via the Mockingbird Lane Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) station begin Saturday rounds Aug. 25, 2012.

The shuttles will follow the non-session weekday schedule while fall and spring classes are in session. Mustang Express service runs from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, with service about every 20 minutes at each stop. (Construction on Airline Road is expected to create some shuttle delays until December 2012.)

Faculty and staff members who plan to make DART a part of their daily commute can purchase transit passes through Parking and ID Card Services (Park ‘N Pony) at the discounted DART Corporate Employer rate. In addition, transit-pass subsidies are available for qualifying employees who don’t park a car on campus and do not purchase an SMU parking sticker.

Students can get a DART transit pass for a one-time charge of $5. Renewals are free.

All DART transit passes must be pre-ordered online. For more information, contact Parking and ID Card Services, 214-768-7275 (214-SMU-PARK).

August 21, 2012|News|

SMU VP Lori White appointed to national sustainability board

Lori White, vice president for student affairs at Southern Methodist University-SMU.Lori White, SMU’s vice president for student affairs, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) – a national organization that provides sustainability resources for campus engagement, education and research, as well as campus operations. She will serve for a term to run through December 2014.

AASHE was founded in 2005 to help coordinate and strengthen campus sustainability efforts at regional and national levels, and to serve as the first North American professional association for those interested in advancing campus sustainability. The organization’s STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) program, for example, is a self-reporting framework that allows colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

AASHE sponsors North America’s largest college sustainability conference every fall, and SMU’s Sustainability Committee traditionally funds attendance for student representatives. AASHE also produces professional development workshops and seminars for faculty and staff.

“What attracts me to AASHE is that they define sustainability in a much broader way than most people do,” White said. “They’re about leaving the world a better place for people tomorrow. Their approach to social justice is about opportunities for the next generation, and I’m committed to the education component of the AASHE program.”

White often has lunch in the dining hall at Umphrey Lee Center, she said, and recently sat with a group of students who identified themselves as environmental representatives (E-Reps) for the campus residence halls.

“They told me about how they had gone to the AASHE national conference in October, and they were excited about what they had seen and learned there,” White said. “Here at SMU we want to work with our students to help them become leaders in their community, in their country and in the world. Getting involved in sustainability will give them an avenue to develop those tools.”

Written by Kimberly Cobb

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February 15, 2012|For the Record, News|

Lyle School to offer Master’s in Sustainability & Development

The Pallet House prototype by I-Beam Design
The Pallet House prototype created by I-Beam Design was featured in HRH Prince Charles’ Royal Gardens as part of an exhibition on sustainable design. The inspiration for the Pallet House Project came from the fact that 84% of the world’s refugees could be housed with a year’s supply of recycled American pallets. (Photo courtesy of I-Beam Design)

It’s going to take more than engineering to build a world of sustainable cities. That’s the challenge behind a new Master’s degree from SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering that is already drawing multi-industry leaders to the intersection of engineering design, urban planning and environmental policy.

The Master of Arts in Sustainability and Development will be offered beginning in January 2012 through the Lyle School, with support from the Hunter & Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity.

The Lyle School and the Hunt Institute will kick off the new degree program Friday, Dec. 9, with a special mid-day program featuring renowned London urban sustainability strategist Peter Bishop and the unveiling of an innovative, low-cost “pallet house” previously featured at a sustainability expo hosted by the Prince of Wales.

“The world’s population just hit 7 billion,” said Lyle School Dean Geoffrey Orsak. “The need to build livable, sustainable cities has moved beyond the critical stage. This new degree program creates a framework for partnerships between engineers and the architects, city planners and environmental policy experts needed to ensure the cities can thrive in the face of so many challenges.”

“With this population growth comes a tremendous strain on non-renewable resources, infrastructure, and energy sources,” said Betsy del Monte, SMU Lyle adjunct professor, and principal and director of sustainability at the Beck Group. “Providing access to clean water, clean air, housing, and transportation will shape public policy, redefine business, and engage a generation.”

Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Sustainability and Development will complete a 30-hour interdisciplinary program that will cover sustainability-related topics from policy to design in both developed and developing worlds.  The program will advance the wise use of environmental resources in urban development, with a goal of creating and re-building economically and environmentally healthy cities, both here and abroad.

The program offered through the Lyle School’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department will incorporate studies in:

  • Re-use and redevelopment
  • Urban transportation systems
  • Modernization of existing structures
  • Waste and sanitation

Classes begin in January 2012. Applications are now being accepted at smu.edu/lyle.

– Written by Kimberly Cobb

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> Visit the Lyle School of Engineering homepage
> Learn more about the Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity

December 8, 2011|News|

Tune In: Spy-themed mini-movie is SMU’s 2011 Green Minute winner

A winner has been selected in SMU’s 2011 Green Minute Video Competition, and his name is Barnard…Lance Barnard.

The first-year student from Sherman Oaks, California, took home the grand prize of an iPad2 for his “Mission: Possible”- themed Green Minute.

In addition, Barnard’s mini-movie – in which he portrays a superspy sleuthing out ways to reduce, reuse and recycle on campus – was screened at TEDxKids @SMU and TEDxSMU on Dec. 2-3.

SMU first-year student Lance Barnard

Lance Barnard

Barnard, who plans to major in finance and psychology, participated in his environmental club in high school and said he entered the video contest because he was looking for ways to get involved in similar activities at SMU.

The second-place winner was Ryan Tanner, a first-year student from Arizona, who received a 22-inch flat-screen TV. Third place went to Anh-Thuy Nguyen of Vietnam, a Master’s degree candidate in Meadows School of the Arts; she received a $50 Starbucks gift card.

Sponsored by the SMU Sustainability Committee, the Green Minute Video Competition is designed to foster concern for the environment in the campus community. Now in its third year, the contest challenges students to produce a one-minute video that encourages environmentally responsible behavior on the Hilltop.

“This contest is as fun for us as it is for the students,” said Eric English, co-chair of the SMU Sustainability Committee. “The videos do a terrific job of spreading the sustainability message on and off campus, and we feature them at various events throughout the year.”

> See all three prize-winning videos courtesy of SMU News Video
> Visit Sustainability @ SMU online

December 5, 2011|For the Record, News, Tune In|
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