Ferrum Represented at VCU Energy & Sustainability Conference

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Energy Manager Christian Bedard, Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science Glen Stevens ’97, and President Jennifer Braaten.

The Energy & Sustainability Conference sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth University in February, brought together more than 800 participants, including national business and institutional leaders, to discuss the issues impacting energy and sustainability strategies.

Dr. Jennifer Braaten joined a Higher Education Leadership Roundtable along with Jon Alger, James Madison University president, and Colette Sheehy, University of Virginia’s vice president for management and budget. The panelists discussed why investments are made in energy and sustainability, and how those investments support their respective institutional missions.

“Ferrum’s strong commitment to sustainability has been recognized by grant support from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund,” noted Dr. Braaten. “We are grateful for duPont’s validation of our efforts and appreciated the opportunity to share our experiences with this group.

Ferrum College students Dean “Trey” Ousterhout ’16 and Kyra Schultz ’16 attended the conference along with President Braaten, Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science Glen Stevens ’97, and Energy Manager Christian Bedard.

Ousterhout was the campus energy conservation intern throughout the summer of 2013, a position funded by a duPont grant. His hands-on experience in Ferrum’s sustainability department allowed him to interact with other students who were seeking advice and encouragement as they created their own campus sustainability programs.

Schultz noted that the conference allowed her to observe new innovations in sustainable technology that could be incorporated into life at Ferrum. She was pleased to see sessions with representatives from both coal and natural gas companies alongside those from environmentalist groups allowing each group the opportunity to gain an understanding of the other’s views.


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