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LSC-Kingwood to host sustainability conference

Lone Star College-Kingwood will hold a Sustainability and the City Conference all day on Oct. 22 in the Student-Conference Center.

Representatives from 20 Houston-area colleges and universities along with Laura Spanjian, city of Houston sustainability director, have been invited to attend and participate. During lunch, Dr. Carl Hacker, a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, will urge the audience to think like an ecosystem.

“This is the first-ever meeting of collegiate sustainability people in the Houston area. It is an opportunity for them to meet and exchange ideas about their programs,” said David Burre, event co-chair and LSC-Kingwood’s sustainability coordinator. “The institutions of higher education have established campus cultures where sustainability is as much a part of their future as are their academics and research.”

The morning session will help participants explore ways for them to cooperate in furthering their respective sustainability programs and to develop a future action plan. In the afternoon, Spanjian and other city officials will describe their plans to make Houston a pre-eminent sustainable city. The audience will also hear about the partnership between the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) and the city of Galveston, which has benefited both the city and UTMB.

“Education and sustainability are both about the future. Houston is a dynamic and forward-looking city that is putting programs in place to assure that its future will be even more dynamic and the quality of city life enhanced,” said Leah Wolfthal, event co-chair and campus community garden coordinator at the University of Houston.

Burre added, “A city and collegiate partnership is indeed an exciting prospect.”

For more information on the Sustainability and the City Conference, contact David Burre at 713-204-3524 or at David.L.Burre@LoneStar.edu.

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With 75,000 students in credit classes and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.