Rowland, Executive Director of the Association for Advancement of
Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and a panel of higher education and industry thought
leaders to discuss ways these sectors can increase collaboration to further the
goals of the UN’s RIO +20 conference in areas including research, education,
workforce preparation, sustainable practices, engineering solutions.
Line Carpentier, Sustainable Development Officer in the UN’s
Department of Economic and Social Affairs, will offer a background on the Rio
+20 conference, and what the UN hopes to accomplish.
Hecht, Director of Sustainable Development at the EPA’s Office of
Research and Development, has been leading a research strategy to support
transitioning sustainability from a concept into practice.
Koch, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Portland
State University, oversees the academic mission of the state’s largest
University with nearly 30,000 students and 1,500 professors.
Johnson, President of Haywood Community College, built a legacy by
integrating sustainability not only into the campus, but also into the school’s
McGinn, President of the American Council on Renewable Energy
(ACORE), brings a military and defense background to the panel, along with
ACORE’s work to bring all forms of renewable energy into the mainstream of the
Layke, Director of Johnson Controls’ Institute for Building
Efficiency, leads the Institute’s research agenda and collaborations with a
global network of experts working with high performance buildings and smart
energy systems. She brings a background of climate policy and renewable energy
Hawkins, Dow’s Vice President of Sustainability and Environment,
Health, and Safety, drives the company’s strategy and implementation of
sustainability programs, is a frequent keynote speaker in global forums on
sustainability, and was part of the committee who produced the EPA’s ‘Green
Book,’ guidelines for incorporating sustainability into the Agency.