annual Environmental Forum was held Oct. 8 at Elon University. The
forum, titled "Roadmap to the Future: Tomorrow by Design,"
covered issues essential to the environment. Speakers included David
Orr; professor and chair of the environmental studies program at
Oberlin College, and Stuart Hart, the Samuel C. Johnson Professor
of Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University.
addressed students, faculty and people from around the region in
his talk in McKinnon Hall. His seminar, titled "Creating Sustainable
Value," focused on the topic of sustainability
in the environment and how businesses can build it into their planning.
is one of those terms that means so much, but we don't know how
to describe it," Hart said. Hart also highlighted other issues
such as eco-inefficiency, clean technology and capitalism. Hart
spoke passionately about all of these subjects, especially capitalism,
which he said could benefit everyone in this country and the world.
is nothing written saying capitalism only works for rich people,"
Hart said. "Capitalism can work for anyone, rich or poor."
on renewable technologies such as LEDs
(light-emitting diodes, used for inexpensive, energy-efficient lighting
). Hart also presented diagrams explaining the "Dimensions
of Shareholders Value" and "The Sustainability Portfolio."
event at the workshop was the "Alternative Fuel Vehicle Automotive
Show" held in the Moseley parking lot at Elon University. This
car show featured vehicles that used alternative fuels, including
gas/electric hybrids and a vehicle powered with biodiesel
was given the opportunity to view inside these vehicles and test
drive them. Biodiesel is a type of fuel used from renewable sources.
Many types of fuels and oils can be used for biodiesel, including
soybean, 100 percent biodiesel, used vegetable oil and glycerin.
be new to the United States, but other countries have used this
fuel for some time; Europe has used the alternative fuel for more
than five years.
an advocate for alternative-fuel vehicles explained the benefits
of biodiesel fuel. "High-compression engines, automatically
fire up. Biodiesel turns into beautiful fuel," said Martin.
"We can just use used vegetable oil for diesel tanks."
Prius is a hybrid that costs around $20,000, with an average
annual fuel cost of around $400. Carlos Nieto, an employee from
Cox Toyota in Burlington, explained how solar-powered cars will
have a bigger impact on Toyota cars in the near future.
year 2010, all Toyota cars will have the option of being equipped
with an electronic battery," Nieto said.
at the seminar included an organic"Battle of the Chefs"
held in Harden Cafeteria, and breakout sessions consisting of three
segments: Food by Design, Academia by Design and Communities and
Business by Design.
was hosted by Elon's Center for Environmental Studies.