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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 31. 2013 ) – The University of Central Missouri will host the fifth annual Teach-In on Sustainable Solutions Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the Elliott Union. The one-day event will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about the importance of sustainability and how each person can be involved and make a difference. The event is free and open to the public.
This year’s Teach-In will focus on answering those ever popular "Why?" questions: "Why should I recycle?” “Why can't I pour that down the sink?” “Why does is matter if I know where my foods comes from?” Representatives of academic disciplines from across the campus will join experts in the field and industry leaders to offer nearly 20 45-minute presentations throughout the day. The wide array of subjects will be related to environmental sustainability, the effects of communities on the environment, and what individuals and companies are doing to mitigate their impact on the environment.
In previous years more than 500 persons attended sessions on a variety of topics presented by speakers from UCM and companies and agencies that included Burns & McDonnell, LaFarge Industries, the Kansas City, Missouri Solid Waste Division, the Environmental Protection Agency. While commitments are still being received from participants, Burns & McDonnell has committed to the return for the 2013 Teach-In.
“We hope everyone will take the opportunity to attend,” said Taylor Hermann, UCM’s sustainability coordinator. “The hope this year is to reach students and other attendees on a consumer level, leaving them with the understanding that their purchasing habits affect our environment, and they have the power to live more sustainably.”
The 2013 Teach-In on Sustainable Solutions is coordinated by the student-led Office of Sustainability under the direction of the Office of Student Experience and Engagement. For more information, visit ucmo.edu/sustain, or contact the Office of Sustainability at 660-543-8733.