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Clark College News and Events

January 28, 2009

For Immediate Release

For additional information: 

Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of
Communications and Marketing Telephone:  360-992-2921

E-mail:  bkerr@clark.edu


On Thursday, February 5, Clark College
will welcome the community as it takes part in the second National Teach-In on Global Warming


VANCOUVER, Wash. – On Thursday, February 5, Clark College will join more than 1,000 other educational institutions, community groups, and faith-based organizations to participate in the second National Teach-In on Global Warming.

Organized nationally by the National Teach-In Committee, the event is designed to encourage participants to address the immediate and urgent challenges posed by climate change and empower them to engage personally in finding solutions that work.  

All events are free and open to the public, and community members are encouraged to attend. 

The day’s events

From 8:00 a.m. to noon, faculty, staff, student, and community presenters will address issues and solutions related to global climate change and related issues regarding sustainability.  At noon, the Clark College Speech and Debate team will continue the discussion.

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the college will host a Sustainability Careers and Lifestyle Fair, showcasing more than 30 local businesses and organizations.

At 4:00 p.m., Clark College will host the Vancouver Planning Commission's "First Tuesday" public forum.  The forum has been moved from Tuesday to Thursday specifically for this event.  A panel of local citizens will present ways that Clark County is already working and living green.  Discussion will focus on projects in local businesses and neighborhoods, as well as changes that individuals can make in their homes to promote a greener lifestyle.   The forum will be held in the college’s Gaiser Student Center.

In addition to the discussions and forums, video presentations addressing climate change around the world will be shown throughout the day.

Attendees will be able to learn about green-collar career options, calculate their ecological footprints, make an immediate and simple personal commitment to change and will receive a reusable shopping bag as a thank-you for that commitment. 

The Green Career and Lifestyles Fair participants include:  Campus Supply/Corporate Express; Clark College Bookstore; Clark College Career Center; Clark College Teaching & Learning Center; Clark County ReStore; Clark County Solid Waste; Clark Public Utilities; Greenstone Architecture, PLLC; LSW Architects, PC; Master Composters/Recyclers; Mr. Sun Solar; Naturally Beautiful Backyards; Northwest Service Academy; Rosemattels CSA farm and the Battle Ground Farmers Market; Vancouver Food Coop; Waste Connections, Inc.; and Watershed Stewards.


Maps and Directions/For more information

Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.  Maps and driving directions are available on the Clark College Web site at www.clark.edu/maps

Information about the National Teach-In on Global Warming is available at www.nationalteachin.org


EDITOR’S NOTE:  The morning presentations at the teach-in are:

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Location:  Penguin Student Lounge, Penguin Union Building

Speaker: David Johnson, The Transition Initiative

Title:  “Peak Oil and the Transition Initiative”

Subject:  Over the last 150 years, our world society has become increasingly reliant upon one finite resource in order to keep business running as usual – namely, oil.  In the coming years, we will reach the halfway point in the amount of oil that can be extracted from the earth.  From then on, increasing demand will be met by diminishing supply.  This presentation will look at the evidence for the peaking in oil supply and one movement – the Transition movement – as one response to the challenges that lie ahead.

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Location:  Penguin Union Building Room 258B

Speaker:  Jody Shulnak, Service Learning Program Manager, Clark College

Title:  “Ecotourism: Exploring New Ways to Live on the Planet”

Subject:  Responsible ecotourism includes travel that minimizes the negative aspects of conventional tourism on the environment and enhances the cultural integrity of local people.  From the rainforests of Costa Rica to the game parks of South Africa and beyond, Jody Shulnak has seen and experienced the impacts of tourism on the environment around the globe.  She will discuss some of the issues surrounding sustainable tourism and of the ecotourism principles she discovered during her two-year journey around the world. 

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Location:  Penguin Union Building Room 258C

Speaker:  Mark Baum, Business Instructor, Clark College

Title: “The Paperless Workspace”

Subject:  Explore practical ways to reduce your environmental footprint in the classroom or office by minimizing the resources you use daily.

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Location:  Penguin Student Lounge, Penguin Union Building

Speaker:  Chuck Klang, Mathematics Instructor, Clark College

Title:  "The Energy Challenge: Choices and Consequences"

Subject:  Options for dealing with global warming and the consequences of these choices.

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Location:  Penguin Union Building Room 258B

Speaker:  Ann Snyder, Interim Dean of eLearning, Clark College

Title:  “Women and Global Climate Change”

Subject:  How does global climate change impact women? What do women’s human rights have to do with global climate change? What actions are women around the world taking to ameliorate the negative impact global climate change is having on their communities?

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Location:  Penguin Union Building Room 258C

Speaker: Dr. Tim Cook, Division Chair, Counseling Services, Clark College

Title:  “Green-Collar Careers”

Subject:  Wouldn’t it be great to have a career that is in line with your values?  Green careers have expanded dramatically in the past few years.  This session will discuss the concept of a green career as well as provide resources on the many options that are now available.

11:00 - 12:00 a.m.

Location:  Penguin Student Lounge, Penguin Union Building

Speaker:  MaryJean Williams, Communications Studies Instructor, Clark College

Title: "Communicating Through Conflicting Opinions on Global Warming." 

Subject: Global Warming is a topic with conflicting opinions.  It can be difficult to listen to points of view that differ from our own.  A public dialogue is needed about Global Warming, so how do we manage the inevitable conflicts?  This workshop handles techniques for listening through conflict, and focusing on communication rather than persuasion.

11:00 - 12:00 a.m.

Location:  Penguin Union Building Room 258B

Speaker:  Lisa Bohro, Professor of Health and Physical Education, Clark College

Title: “Bicycle and Pedestrian Travel for a Healthier Environment and a Healthier You!”

Subject:  Explore practical ways to make commuting on foot or by bike a practical reality.  Discussion may also focus on proposed plans for bike and pedestrian routes around the city of Vancouver.  It will also address the positive impact on biking or walking over driving both environmentally and in terms of wellness.


11:00 - 12:00 a.m.

Location:  Penguin Union Building Room 258C

Speaker:  Adam Mosbrucker, Student Researcher, Clark College

Title:  “Studying Climate Change Using Repeat Photography”

Subject:  Learn about how the world's glaciers are responding to climate change and how repeat photography is being used to evaluate them.

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