Pictured (Seated) Dr. Kevin Fegan, Northwood Texas Campus President, (L-R) Sirenia Cebrero, Pablo Hernandez, Francisco Chairez, Nick Harrison and Dean of Students, Mike Anguiano
April 25, 2013
CEDAR HILL, Texas- We only have one earth and we have to work as a team to protect it. On Monday April 22, Northwood Sustainability Association celebrated Earth Day by hosting a speaker forum on sustainability practices.
The first speaker was alumnus Vanessa Seguin, who spoke about the corporate approach to sustainability. She is currently promoting the development of a local chapter in Dallas for the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.
Seguin stated, “It cannot be a fad to go green, it has to be a gut reaction.” Seguin went on to share that she continues to network to spread the word that sustainability not only feels good, but it is a profitable business decision as well.
The second speaker was Mr. Gilbert N. " Nick " Harrison with the Texas A&M Forest Service. This winter the Texas A&M Forest Service completed a shaded fuel break project on campus as part of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). Mr. Harrison presented an overview of what the TFS put into place in regards to wildfire plans, accomplishment of the Northwood University project and the projects’ impact on the Texas campus and the City of Cedar Hill.
Northwood Professor, Dr. Lynda Folts, discussed ways one can make a personal impact on the environment. “Understanding how the earth system sustains human life is a fascinating issue. Being aware of how a few changes in policy or lifestyles can curb the growing waste and resource consumption can be a necessary key to achieving a more sustainable environment,” stated Dr. Folts.
Following the speakers, Mike Anguiano, dean of students, revealed a new NU initiative. The University announced its intent to pursue the following designations on the Texas Campus. The designations include, Tree Campus USA and Firewise Campus. Tree Campus USA from the Arbor Day Foundation is in recognition of excellence in campus tree management, as well as student and community involvement across the nation. Firewise Campus from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters and others in the effort to protect people and property from wildfire risks.
After the forum, Nick Harrison and the Knights hiked the Canterbury Trails to celebrate Earth Day. The celebration concluded in Dr. Fegan’ s office with the proclamation signing recognizing Arbor Day on the Northwood Texas Campus.
Sirenia Cebrero, freshman accounting major, stated, “The forum was eye opening and the proclamation signing was beautiful. I am happy to be a part of an organization that cares about the Earth”. Northwood University Knights also planted trees on Arbor Day, Friday April 26.
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