academic halls, dining quarters and parking lots were transformed
into a "Roadmap to the Future" Oct. 8, as environmental-friendly
guests took place in a day dedicated to a cleaner and healthier
The day's activities
revolved around the idea of sustainability, and the early morning
panels from David Orr and Stuart L. Hart, both nationally known
experts in environmental studies, included educated and bright plans
toward a continued sustainable movement.
an award-winning writer who specializes in the sustainability of
business and the environment, spoke about what he has come to learn
about the current state of our environment, and how he thinks it
can be improved.
we need is disruptive innovation at its best," Hart said. "We
need our environment to create smaller, cheaper and understandable
products that can contribute to capitalism."
a list of all of dozens of environmental "buzzwords" he
has come by during his research, and he mapped them by dividing
them into four quadrants on a page, dividing them under the labels
internal, external, present and future.
not say anywhere that capitalism needs to be only for the wealthy,"
Hart said, "We need new forms of capitalism that help the poor.
We are missing out on a huge potential opportunity here. The poor
people are genuinely badly served in society."
sure to say that even though capitalism has failed to work toward
a sustainable future in the past, "capitalism does have the
capacity to reinvent itself, and that's one of the things that make
it so great."
As he worked
through explaining the work that can be done toward sustainability
in business, he worked in the four main goals for a healthier tomorrow:
pollution prevention, product stewardship, clean technology and
All of his
goals working towards sustainability follow the same plan. "Take
the waste out, improve the product before it can be reused, clean
the environment, and increase the value for shareholders,"
As the day
progressed, the Mosley Center parking lot was transformed into a
display for an alternative-fuel vehicle show. There were numerous
cars, with experts on hand to explain how the modern vehicles were
constructed and what ideals they stick to that will benefit the
environment through cheaper and safer fuel usage.
Hall also was host to a culinary clash featuring food from local
farmers prepared by Aramark chefs. Other environmental forum events
included screening of films and a series of afternoon panels centered
on discussions of ways to create a more sustainable environment.