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Sustainability Initiatives Series at Southern On The Green

A Shared Collaborative Between SCSU and the Regional Water Authority

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Southern recognizes the importance of community connections.  Sustainability in a broad sense can be seen as a framework of engagement for a healthy environment -- accessible education that fosters student success, businesses that value practices of conscious capitalism, and a commitment to health and wellness.  The values that advance an overall sustainable community are interconnected. 

Among the various activities that occur at Southern on the Green (SOTG), the Sustainability Initiatives Series is an important set of conversations that involve Southern, community and business leaders, and other friends who are willing to explore ideas, opportunities, challenges, and a commitment to positive action. These conversations are led by remarkably impressive panelists who are highly regarded as leaders in their respective fields. Additionally, the events offer informative and robust dialogue, and are attended by a highly energized audience of university staff, faculty, students, and local community members.

The university is thankful for the opportunity to partner with the Regional Water Authority in hosting these conversations at Southern On The Green.

For more information at the Sustainability Initiatives at Southern on the Green, please contact Dawud Amin, SOTG Coordinator, at

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

"The Politics of Education: Are There Politics in K-12 and Higher Education?"

Special Guests:

  • Jody Goeler (Superintendent of Schools-Hamden)
  • CT State Senator Gayle Slossberg, Co-chair, General Assembly's Education Committee 
  • CT State Representative Pam Staneski, Ranking Member, Higher Education Committee
  • Joe Bertolino, President, Southern Connecticut State University


  • Stephen Hegedus, SCSU Dean of Education

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

"Digital Dream or Dystopian Disaster: Caught in the Web of Social Media"

Rosemarie Conforti, PhD, Associate Professor, SCSU Department of Media Studies 

Thursday, November 30, 2017
6 - 8 p.m.

"Women Leading Change: Promoting and Sustaining Women in Leadership Roles"


  • Dr. Maysa Akbar, PhD, ABPP, Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale School of Medicine’s Child Study Center; CEO, Integrated Wellness Group 
  • Kate C. Farrar, Executive Director, Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund 
  • Tanya Hughes, Executive Director, Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities 
  • Estela Lopez, PhD, Past Interim Provost, Connecticut State Colleges & Universities Board of Regents 


  • Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean, Associate Professor of Political Science, Quinnipiac University 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"To Good To Waste: Food, Sustainability, And Scaling Beyond Local"


  • Melissa Spear, Director, Common Ground High School, New Haven, CT

  • Adam Lowy, Founder and Executive Director, Move for Hunger, Asbury Park, NJ

  • Brian Paganini, Vice President and Managing Director, Quantum Biopower, Southington, CT


  • Suzanne E. Huminski, Sustainability Coordinator, Office of Sustainability

March 23, 2017

"Community Health, Equity and Sustainability: Considerations in the Face of State Fiscal Challenges"


  • Alice M. Forrester, CEO, Clifford Beers Clinic

  • Heather LaTorra, President and CEO, Marrakech, Inc.

  • Michael Taylor, CEO for Cornell Scott Hill Health Center
Sandra Bulmer, Dean, SCSU School of Health and Human Services

November 15, 2016

"Conscious Capitalism: Finding Higher Purpose in Business and Academia"


  • Larry Bingham, President and CEO, Regional Water Authority

  • Denise DiGrigoli, Business Strategist, Author, and Talk Show Host

  • Charlie Yang, Professor, SCSU School of Business