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Is SUSTAINABILITY a dirty word?

April 6, 2012

When             7 PM, Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Where           Roanoke College

Colkett Center, Garrett Room (#24 on campus map) http://www.roanoke.edu/map/

Contact      Emily Gould, Earthbound, cell: (580)-695-2083   email: eagould@mail.roanoke.edu

Who doesn’t like sustainability? Healthy, enduring ways of living that can go on forever without using up all the resources sound like a winner. Sustainable development – meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs – seems good and desirable.

Many companies use the business “triple bottom line” – practices that are good for profits, people and the planet. Solar energy, green building and locally-grown food are increasingly popular notions.

Not with everyone. Washington & Lee University, for example, encountered major obstacles from their own power company when they wanted to install 450 kilowatts of solar power on their campus.

Find out how W & L succeeded and hear the experiences of a local business and a nonprofit as they undertook sustainable practices in Western Virginia.

Presenters:

Scott Beebe, Director of Facilities Management, Washington & Lee University

Diana Christopulos, President, Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition

Monica Rokicki-Guajardo, Owner/Principal, Better Building Works LLC

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