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Center for Environmental Stewardship Speakers
Previous CES Guest Lectures
Sustainability in the “Real World”: Preparing Students for Tomorrow’s Careers
Sustainability professionals across various industries will discuss ways they have integrated sustainability into what their businesses do and how students across all disciplines can be prepared for careers in a variety of sectors. Join the SU Center for Environmental Stewardship in welcoming a panel of sustainability professionals from BD Life Sciences, MedStar Hospital, Suspended Brewing, and Plisko Sustainable Solutions.
About the Panelists
Jeff Heavner is the Sustainability Engineer/Facilities with BD Life Sciences and is a certified Green Specialist from Purdue University. He grew up on a dairy farm in Western Maryland where they practiced a number of sustainable farming practices. He began his career at Westinghouse Electric Corporation where he worked in packaging and shipping, and was later moved to packaging engineering to work on sustainable packaging. He has continued to focus on sustainable packaging solutions for BD’s Supply Chain Group, including transportation and EPA requirements for the trucking industry. In December 2015 he moved into my current role as Sustainability Engineer for the entire Baltimore Campus.
Brian K. Gray is the Director of Clinical Engineering and Environment of Care and has been with MedStar Harbor Hospital for 26 years. In his role, he manages the biomedical equipment, emergency preparedness, safety management, and the hazardous waste programs. He became the sustainability officer in 2011 and works closely with a core group to accomplish key environmental goals.
Josey Schwartz’s professional background is rooted in 7 years of sustainability advancement in higher education. He now works full-time to get the doors of Suspended Brewing Company open where he and the Suspended team aim to open minds, hearts, and palates with ecologically conscious, socially justified craft beer.
Dr. Joan Plisko is President and founder of Plisko Sustainable Solutions, a woman-owned micro business that provides strategic, programmatic, and assessment capabilities for environmental, economic and social success. With over twenty-five years’ experience in the environmental and health care industries, Dr. Plisko’s work includes sustainability auditing, strategic consulting, research, and environmental health education. For ten years prior, as Director of Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (MD H2E), Dr. Plisko provided technical assistance, education, and training opportunities to over 60 hospitals in Maryland. Dr. Plisko has written case studies on topics such as waste prevention, sustainability dashboards, and developing a green revolving fund. Additionally, she developed and taught environmental health and sustainability for managers/decision makers; and facilitated an online graduate level course in healthcare sustainability.
Towards Greater Equity and Inclusivity in Environmental Sciences
The SU Center for Environmental Stewardship and the Environmental Science Program hosted conservation scientist and social justice activist, Cynthia Malone. Cynthia is Manager of Pacific Programs at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History, co-chair of the Society for Conservation Biology’s Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee, and organizing co-chair of Black Youth Project 100 New York City Chapter. Cynthia’s talk explored the current state of diversity in environmental sciences and emerging pathways for enabling a more just environmental scientific practice and community.