Spring 2017 Capstone Symposium

The Program on the Environment will host our Spring 2017 Capstone Symposium on May 24 at Alder Hall Auditorium. We welcome all to attend and support students as they present on the culmination of three quarters of hard work.

Topics include: achieving sustainability through behavior change and policy, environmental education in theory and practice, approaches for community engagement, and the link between art, technology and our relationship to nature.

Symposium Schedule

Wednesday May 24

1:30 PM Welcoming remarks

1:40 PM Housekeeping

Session A – Sustainability through behavior change and policy

1:45 PM Introduction

1:50 PM Johanna Ventre – Examining tap vs bottled drinking water preferences and how to overcome unsustainable habits

2:00 PM Caroline Suttie – From the ground up: Identifying solutions to improve energy management in business

2:10 PM Josephine Strauss – Renewable energy and public policy: Barriers in working towards implementation

2:20 PM Amber Sonka – The more you know: Improving environmental assessments using ecosystem goods and service-based assessments

2:30 PM Q&A

Session B – Theory and practice of environmental education

2:40 PM Introduction

2:45 PM Kayla Carrington – Nature preschool: Child-nature interaction may foster self-regulation

2:55 PM Leila Jordan – Mindfulness in urban environmental education: Promoting stewardship, connecting to nature and developing emotional awareness

3:05 PM Catherine Vachon – Screen versus greens: Gardens to prevent internet addiction in adolescents

3:15 PM Q&A

3:25 PM Coffee break

Session C – Interventions and outreach for community engagement

3:35 PM Introduction

3:40 PM Annalee Cappellano – Identifying stormwater pollutants just outside the classroom

3:50 PM Shelby Cramer – Our river, Our resource: Community-centered environmental risk communication

4:00 PM Cierra Heimbigner – Bridging the gap: The correlation between environmental communication and community outreach

4:10 PM Q&A

Session D – Arts, technology and our relationship to nature

4:20 PM  Introduction

4:25 PM Hannah Wright Osborn – Breaking barriers: Young women of color in the great outdoors 

4:35 PM  Jenna Duncan – HTTP Error 404 – Forest not found: Does technology inhibit environmental awareness?

4:45 PM Rosy Gentle – Bridging environmental sustainability and the arts

4:55 PM Jasmmine Ramgotra – Inclusive cultural ecosystems: How to determine your role in supporting diversity in the environmental movement

Session E – Poster session (and refreshments)

5:15 PM Introduction

5:20 – 6 PM Christopher Bartlett, Justin Beach, Hannah Blaisdell, Kelly Bounxayavong, Caitlin Carthey, Alan Garvey, Sarah Gevirtzman, Susanne Gov, Jessica Hartman, Amy Haymond, Danielle Meyers, Michael Rodkinson, Matt Sedlacek, Michelle Suga, Joseph StewartLucas Thompson, McKinley Walter