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Sustainability: Teach-In on Sustainable Solutions



The UCM Teach-In on Sustainability is a one day conference educating participants about the importance of sustainability and how each person can be involved and make a difference. At UCM’s Teach-In faculty disciplines campus wide come together, along with experts in the field and industry leaders, to offer presentations on a wide array of subjects related to environmental sustainability, the effect communities have on the environment, and what individuals and companies are doing to mitigate their impact on the environment.



UCM 8th Annual Teach-In on Sustainable Solutions

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Elliot Student Union
Manuel Abarca
Change the Way Things Are: Environment and Politics

Leila Virji

Eating Green in the Cafeteria and Beyond



Chris Devolder

Designing Green; Making Architecture Sustainable



Dr. Mark Goodwin




Dr. Paul Chambers

Global Environmental Issues, Collective Actions and the Social Dilemma



Dennis Murphey

2005-2015: a Decade of Progress for Sustainability in Kansas City



Speaker Bio's
Manuel Abarca

Manny Abarca is a Community Affairs Liaison for U.S. 5th District Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver. He is a UCM alumnus and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (2010) and a Master’s degree in Occupational Safety Management with an emphasis in Sustainability (2012). Manny also created the Office of Sustainability at UCM in 2009.

Leila Virji

Leila Virji is a Sustainability Support Specialist at Sodexo, where she works to support sustainability initiatives across regional areas. Leila is a strategic, multidisciplinary sustainability professional and has a passion for improving the food system. Leila received her Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

Chris Devolder

Chris DeVolder is an architect and project leader with a focus on a range of project and event types, from sports facilities and mixed-use projects to the greening of triathlons, airports and office buildings. He has worked as a sports architect for over 20 years with the last 14 years at HOK.

Dr. Mark Goodwin

 Mark Goodwin joined the UCM faculty in 2007. Previously he was an adjunct professor teaching the Woody Ornamental Plants and Plant Propagation courses in the Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana.

Dr. Paul Chambers

Paul Chambers is a professor of economics and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. He came to UCM in 1990 and has taught for over 26 years. He currently teaches courses in Game Theory and Intermediate Macroeconomics. He also likes to rock climb.

Dennis Murphey

Dennis Murphey has been the Chief Environmental Officer for Kansas City, Missouri since 2006.  He works for the City Manager, manages the City’s Office of Environmental Quality, and provides guidance and leadership to City departments on integrating climate protection and sustainability into all city operations.





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All events will be held at:

UCM Elliot Student Union

108 West South Street

Warrensburg, MO 64093