The 2012 Kansas Higher Education Sustainability Conference was held on Wednesday, Sept. 5, in Manhattan. Southwestern College senior Shea Wilson, Arkansas City, presented at the conference.
The vision for this conference was to empower each of the attendees to return to work with new commitments to help "sustain Kansas" through work at the intersection of environmental, social, and economic issues that will shape the future of Kansas.
The conference format was designed for three purposes for attendees:
•Learn more about and network with sustainability efforts around the state in higher education
•Learn about challenges to sustainability work in commerce, non-profits and advocacy, communities, and student life
•Engage others in renewing their commitment to sustainability work for the future of Kansas
Kevin Minister, Visiting Scholar for the Institute for Discipleship, attended the conference and was impressed with the presentation by Wilson.
“Shea's presentation exemplified the way in which Southwestern and the SC Green Team are leading the way in addressing sustainability in Kansas higher education,” Minister says. “On more than one occasion I heard someone say ‘I wish we had that at our school’ in relation to some form of sustainability programming at SC. It was also helpful to see how sustainability is being addressed at other Kansas schools that are working to institutionalize their commitments to sustainability.”
Wilson is a biochemistry major at Southwestern College. After completion of his undergraduate degree, he hopes to attend dental school. Wilson is an active member of the Green Team and the Campus Sustainability Council at Southwestern. Before attending Southwestern College, he served more than four years as an air traffic controller in the United States Air Force, including a tour in Iraq.