RBC Business Week/Interior Design Greenprint Week Focusing on “Leading the Green Revolution”
Meredith’s RBC Business Week/Interior Design Greenprint Week will be held September 15-19, 2008. This year’s theme, “Leading the Green Revolution,” is designed to supplement Meredith College’s 2008-09 environmental awareness campus theme.
RBC Business Week/Interior Design Greenprint Week will include panel discussions, lectures and other special events to explore sustainable business and design practices that maximize economic, social and environmental outcomes.
The following sessions are open to the entire Meredith community.
Monday, Sept. 15
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Panel Discussion: “Building a Culture of Sustainability” with speakers Kellie Falk-Tillett, of Drucker & Falk; Katherine Henderson, of Cherokee Investments; and Mike Nuckolls, of Shaw Contract Group.
Tuesday, Sept. 16
5:30 p.m. Reception
6 p.m. Lecture
Joyce LaValle, senior vice president of customer and associate engagement, InterfaceFLOR, will present a lecture titled “Mission Zero.”
Friday, Sept. 19
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Harris Building Lobby
Closing Ceremony with green theme foods and products, including giveaways.
In addition to the events that are open to the Meredith community, Meredith MBA students, and students in participating business and interior design classes will participate in the “Campus GreenGame,” a daylong seminar that will result in green living action steps that can be put into place at Meredith.
Other events for business and interior design students include a field trip to MEZ, North Carolina’s first LEED certified restaurant, and a panel discussion on “Leading the Green Revolution.”
The 2008 RBC Business Week/Interior Design Greenprint Week is sponsored by Meredith’s School of Business and the Interior Design Program, with support by RBC Bank and Pearce, Brinkley, Cease + Lee Architecture.
"Developing Our Greenprint" Session Held
On August 14, Meredith Sustainability Coordinator Laura Fieselman presented a session titled "Developing Our Greenprint." The session was part of Meredith’s All College Planning Conference.
Click here to view the presentation.
Laura Fieselman has recently been hired as Meredith College’s first sustainability coordinator.
In this newly created position, Fieselman will work with the entire College community to develop a comprehensive sustainability program, coordinate sustainability efforts already underway, and raise awareness of environmental issues among students, faculty and staff. The effort to create Meredith’s sustainability coordinator position was led by the College’s Student Government Association.
Prior to joining the Meredith College staff, Fieselman worked at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, where she served as environmental sustainability educator for the university and as operations and education coordinator for the university’s B Street Permaculture Project. Her previous experience includes working with the National Parks Service at Pt. Reyes National Seashore in California and serving the Nationalities Youth Forum in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Fieselman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development and East Asian Studies from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and certificates in Thai and Southeast Asian studies from Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and in permaculture design from Pacific University.
Meredith College is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
Summer Reading Book Announced for 2008
Meredith College’s Summer Reading Program selection for 2008 is Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It.”
Meredith’s Summer Reading Program was created to further enhance the academic climate on campus. The Summer Reading Program book is chosen to fit Meredith’s annual campus-wide theme.
For 2008-09, the College will focus on environmental awareness, with a theme of “Sustaining Our Environment: Developing Our Greenprint.”
Members of the Summer Reading Committee “felt that [“An Inconvenient Truth”] is a pivotal work for this generation of students [that] combines concrete scientific data on climate change with personal accounts of the impact environmental change has had on people around the world.”
Former Vice President Al Gore is cofounder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, a firm that is focused on a new approach to sustainable investing. Gore is also cofounder and Chairman of Current TV, an independently owned cable and satellite television network for young people based on viewer-created content and citizen journalism.
Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” is a best-selling book on the threat of and solutions to global warming, and the subject of the movie of the same title.
In 2007, Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shared Nobel Peace Prize “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.”
Visit www.meredith.edu/summer-reading this summer for updates on the Summer Reading Program.