Valencia’s Office of Sustainability Is Turning 10

Monday, September 27, 2021

A Message from Carrie Black, Director, Energy Conservation and Sustainability 

The Valencia College Office of Sustainability is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The office was created in fall 2011 with the hiring of the first Director of Sustainability, Professor Deborah Green, an environmental science faculty member.

To celebrate our 10-year anniversary, we are hosting a sustainability conference for Valencia College students, faculty and staff.

Valencia College’s Sustainability Conference: People + Planet + Prosperity

Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 

  • 10 – 11:15 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 

Location: Zoom

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

  • 10 – 11:15 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 
  • 6:30 – 8 p.m. 

Location: Zoom

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021


  • 10 – 11:15 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 

Location: Zoom

This free, virtual conference will have two sessions each day, with an additional evening session on Wednesday, and will address:

  • Sustainability 101;
  • Solutions businesses and technology companies are developing to address climate change;
  • Intersectionality of diversity, equity and inclusion with environmental justice;
  • How our local governments are helping build sustainable communities;
  • Community organizations spotlights;
  • And more.

Make sure to attend the evening session on Wednesday — Sustainability Perspectives: Climate Tech, Public Policy, and Science Panel Discussion. At this session, Orange County Commissioner Nicole Wilson, Ben Soltoff, climate tech fellow at On Deck and James Adamski, professor, earth science, will discuss the way entrepreneurs and businesses are finding solutions to address climate change as well as what Florida policy leaders are doing to ensure our community is more resilient for extreme weather events.

Find the conference schedule and session descriptions here.

This conference is open to all students, faculty and staff. This is a great way for students to be exposed to an area of growing significance and with varied and numerous career opportunities.

1 Comment

  • Karen Murray said:

    Special Request to Attend this Session with a Big Shot in Sustainability:

    Thomas Linzey
    Senior Legal Counsel for the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights, co-founder of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, widely recognized as the founder of the contemporary “community rights” movement which has resulted in the adoption of hundreds of municipal laws across the United States, instrumental in Speak Up Wekiva and its supporters’ success in getting the right-to-clean-water measure on the Orange County ballot in 2020. (Voters passed the measure by a whopping 89%!)

    His presentation will address:

    -Last November, Orange County became the most populous jurisdiction in the United States to recognize legal rights for nature. More than 500,000 people voted yes on the Right to Clean Water Charter Amendment, making this seemingly esoteric legislation the most popular item on the ballot.
    -The interconnectedness of protecting human communities with protecting natural communities
    -The contamination of the local environment and how this directly affects Orange County residents' health and financial security
    -How student / grassroots activism can protect the human right to a healthy environment and has established the rights of the environment itself – the rights of nature.

    2:30-3:45 Thursday, September 30

    PMTue, 28 Sep 2021 17:42:32 +0000Tue, 28 Sep 2021 17:42:32 +0000pm21,5:42 pm

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