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2015 - Sustainability

Conference Program

2015 Women and Girls in Georgia Conference on Sustainability

October 9-10, 2015

Athens, Georgia

Friday, October 9, 2015

6:00pm - 6:30pm

Doors Open

Miller Learning Center, UGA

6:30pm - 7:30pm


Miller Learning Center, UGA

Presented by:

Carolyn Sachs, Professor of Rural Sociology and Head of the Department of Women's Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Title: Gender Networking for Environmental Sustainability:  From the Local to the Global

Welcome and Introduction by: Chris Cuomo, University of Georgia

7:30pm - 8:30pm

Reception and Networking


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Miller Learning Center, UGA

8:00am - 8:45am (doors open at 7:45am)

Check-In & Networking

8:45am - 9:45am

Morning Concurrent Sessions (A)

Session A1. Environmental Justice

--Re-Conceptualizing Land-Body Connections: Narrative-Centered Intersections Linking Trauma, Community Disinvestment, and Sexual Health Among Women of Color in High Impact HIV Regions

Damaris Henderson and Melanie Medalle, SisterLove, Inc.

--Environmental Racism, Women, and Justice

Dr. Alpana Banerjee

--Climate Justice: From Athens, Georgia to the International Stage

Chris Cuomo, University of Georgia; April Ingle, April Ingle Consulting; and the Georgia Climate Change Coalition

Session Chair: Chris Cuomo, University of Georgia


Session A2. Finding Local Food, in Athens and Beyond

Part one is a panel discussion featuring:

--Georgia O'Farrell, Leah Lake Farm; Maggie Van Cantfort, Northeast Georgia Farm to School; JoHannah Biang, UGArden

Part two will include presentations by:

--Native Athens: Connecting the Community to Locally Grown Food

Regan Jolley, University of Georgia

--Forage Athens

Claudia Gaither, Cedar Shoals High School (12th Grade)

Session Chair: Cecilia Herles, University of Georgia


Workshop A3. Connect to Protect: Conserving Native Pollinators by The Georgia State Botanical Garden

--Our once continuous stretches of natural habitat are being increasingly fragmented for a variety of reasons such as development and invasive non-native plants.  This has a serious effect on native pollinator populations.  Bees, especially native bees, are responsible for most of our fruit production and there is a very real danger that in losing our native pollinators through habitat loss we lose a major source of food and the livelihoods of farmers.  So, can we help? Yes.  Learn how to conserve these pollinator habitats.  In this session we will build a native garden and a mason bee home that can easily be added to your home landscape to support Georgia‚Äôs insect and bird populations. Limited to 20 participants.

Facilitated by Cora Keber, The Georgia State Botanical Garden

Session Chair: Beth Tobin, University of Georgia

10am - 11am

Morning Concurrent Sessions (B)

Session B1. Greening our Campuses

--Smart Women Save Energy: Confronting Climate Change at a Woman's College

Alena Ja and Elizabeth Rowe, Agnes Scott College, and Ashley Fournier, Southeast Energy Efficiancy Alliance

--Rethinking Recycling: Using Ethnography to Improve On-Campus Recycling at Georgia Gwinnett College

Marie Johnson, Veronica Johnson, Kelly Jones, Sara Kilgore, Amber Pinkerman, Cara Rahm, Rebecca Skidmore, Tory Wengert (students), and Jenna Andrews-Swann (faculty), Georgia Gwinnett College

--Interdisciplinary Approaches to Sustainability

Shreya Ganeshan and Kirstie Hostetter, University of Georgia

Session Chair: Tyra Byers, University of Georgia Office of Sustainability


Session B2. West Broad Street Garden: Cultivating Land and Community

--West Broad Street Garden: Cultivating Land and Community

Christina Hylton, Athens Land Trust and the University of Georgia

Session Chair: Beth Tobin, University of Georgia


Workshop B3. Women. Power. Peace. presented by Georgia WAND

--Georgia Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) is an independent grassroots, woman-led organization that seeks to direct women's voices into a powerful movement for social change. WAND empowers women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism, and redirect excessive military resources toward unmet human and environmental needs. Georgia WAND monitors activities and policy decisions that affect the Savannah River Site (SRS) and nuclear power plants. We translate technical information about nuclear weapons and waste, its effects on national security, and its environmental impacts into terms that are meaningful to our members and to the communities near nuclear facilities.

Facilitated by Bernice Johnson-Howard and Che Johnson-Long, Georgia WAND

Session Chair: Stephanie Shelton, University of Georgia


Session B4. eXXpedition Film Screening

--Screening of eXXpedition (run time: 40 min.), followed by a Q&A

Jenna Jambeck, University of Georgia

Session Chair: Kelly Happe, University of Georgia




KEYNOTE (plenary)

Sponsored by the UGA Environmental Ethics Certificate Program

Presented by:

Lauret Savoy, Professor of Environmental Studies, Mount Holyoke College

Title: Sustainability of the Heart:  Restor(y)ing the Land and a Life

Welcome by: Cecilia Herles, University of Georgia

Introduction by: Dorinda Dallmeyer, University of Georgia



Lunch and Networking



ROUNDTABLE (plenary): Women's Leadership in Georgia's Environmental Movements: Current Work and Opportunities


--Jacqueline Echols, Board President of South River Watershed Alliance and Dean of Adult Education at Georgia Piedmont Technical College

--Suki Janssen, Solid Waste Director, Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department

--Cassandra Johnson Gaither, Forest Service, US Department of Agriculture

--Colleen McLoughlin, Environment Georgia

--Amanda Stephens, National Secretary at Ladies Homestead Gathering

Moderated by: Chris Cuomo, University of Georgia



Afternoon Concurrent Sessions (C)

Session C1. Food Insecurity/Securing Food Sustainably

--Food Insecurity due to migration: A Case Study of Chinese female college students in Georgia

Qingru Xu, Xueyi Pan, Ruobing Han, Mengtian Chen, University of Georgia

--Addressing Food Waste and Food Insecurity: Service-Learning and Sustainability through Campus Kitchen at UGA

Cecilia Herles and Brad Turner, University of Georgia

--The Dairy Industry: Modes of Social and Ecological Oppression

Elizabeth Dennard, University of Georgia

Session Chair: Cecilia Herles, University of Georgia


Session C2. Direct Action, Radical Rhetoric, and Eco-Feminist Activism

--Getting Naked for Justice - An Ecoactivist Tactic in Feminist Perspective

S.K. Keltner and Ashley McFarland, Kennesaw State University

--"Fighting Fracking and Remembering Rachel Carson": Sandra Steingraber and the Rhetoric of Women's Anti-Toxics Activism

Mollie Murphy, University of Georgia

--Muddy Waters: An Exploration of Sight in its Relation to Dillard's Transcendentalism

Abby Stiles Thompson, University of Georgia

--Ecofeminist Literature: analyzing the comparison between mother and Mother Nature and how both sustain their environments

Alex Strollo, University of Georgia

Session Chair: Jamie Palmer, University of Georgia


Session C3. STEM for Sustainability: Making an Impact

--Making a Space for Women and Girls in STEM

Savannah Crawford, Armstrong State University

--Mentoring Women and Girls in the STEM Fields

Women in Science (WiSci) Student Organization, University of Georgia

Session Chair: Juhi Varshney, University of Georgia


Workshop C4. Sustaining Health: The Vital Foundation for Women and Girls

--Women and the Girls: The Balancing Act: Mission Accomplished?

Participants will learn practical tools on how to deal with stress and the balancing act as it relates to being healthy and safe. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's Total Worker Health Program focues on the integration of safety and health with policies, programs and practices that promote health and prevent disease to advance worker safety, health and well-being. Both girls and women face everyday challenges that impact their health and well-being. We will discuss how individuals, families, communities, and others work to help women and girls learn how to achieve longer, healthier, and safer lives.

Facilitated by Tamekia L. Evans, Constance C. Franklin, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Office of Total Worker Health

Session Chair: Stephanie Shelton, University of Georgia




Breakouts for students and Networking for all


Light refreshments will be served


THANK YOU to our co-sponsors:

Avid Bookshop, Cofer's Home and Garden, UGA Environmental Ethics Certificate Program, Jittery Joe's, Mizz Tizzy's Weeds and Seeds, The Pearl Girls, UGA Office of Sustainability, The Georgia State Botanical Garden

The WAGG Conference is made possible through the Women & Girls in Georgia Fund.

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