Southeastern Sustainability Team offers series of Green Talks at Sims Library


Monday, February 25, 2019 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sims Memorial Library and Sustainability Center are joining forces to host a series of “Green Talks” focused on environmental issues and the university’s sustainability efforts.
     The collaboration is leading a campus-wide campaign to promote ecological awareness at Southeastern. The series began earlier this month with a talk about recycling and reducing waste on campus.
     All sessions of the Green Talks series will begin at noon on the library’s third floor near the elevators and are free and open to the public.
     “We’re inviting everyone to these lunch and learn sessions to hear about Southeastern’s exciting green initiatives,” said Sims Library Director Eric Johnson. “The Green Talks will cover issues impacting South Louisiana and its ecological diversity. The series will also help us learn better stewardship of campus resources through recycling, waste reduction, and sustainability initiatives.”
     The next talk in the series, “Saving Green: Southeastern’s Commitment to Renewable Energy,” is scheduled Feb. 27. The session will focus on the university’s sustainable initiatives, including solar energy, wind turbines, and water reclamation ponds. Southeastern’s Physical Plant is currently in the final phase of the nation’s second largest project involving a hybrid geothermal energy system -- the 556-room student housing additions of Ascension and Twelve Oaks Halls residence halls.
     “Each of the Green Talks will last about 30-minutes, followed by a question and answer session,” said Sustainability Manager at Southeastern’s Physical Plant Alejandro Martinez. “We hope this will accommodate Southeastern staff and students and community members who wish to attend.”
     Future Green Talks include:
     ● March 13 -- “Green Business. Green Jobs” -- presented by Dr. Robert Moreau.
     ● March 26 -- “All About Food” -- Dr. David Burley discusses food issues, including the local food movement.
     ● April 10 -- “Earth Day at 50: A Brief History of the Environmental Movement” -- presented by Dr. Robert Moreau, introducing key figures such as Teddy Roosevelt, Rachel Carson, and Jimmy Carter.
     For more information, contact Sims Outreach Librarian Angie Balius at 549-3898 or

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