The University of Michigan North Campus Sustainability Community

Winter 2015 Meetings:

Thursday, Jan 8, Noon-1PM: Johnson Rooms, Lurie Bldg, North Campus
Topic: Is that new Technology REALLY Sustainable?
Speaker: Prof. Steven Skerlos, The University of Michigan, Depts of Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering

Wednesday, Feb 25, Noon-1PM: Johnson Rooms, Lurie Bldg, North Campus
Topic: The Scent of Disappearing Trees
Speaker: Michelle Krell Kydd, ArtsEngine
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Sustainability initiatives that address deforestation and climate change are all too real. Perfumers are particularly aware of this as more than a few natural ingredients in the perfumer's palette are disappearing. Memory and identity are tied to fragrance design and the experience of smelling a perfume. What does it mean when we can no longer smell something familiar because it has disappeared or no longer exists?

The answer to this question begins with acquainting ourselves with the sense of smell and the "woody" category in fine fragrance. Attendees will smell three endangered ingredients and learn what is being done to prevent many other ingredients in perfumery from disappearing all together.

Michelle Krell Kydd is the Communications Specialist for ArtsEngine and The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru ) at the University of Michigan. She is a trained "nose" in flavors and fragrance and evangelizes olfaction to promote the art-science connection via interdisciplinary collaboration. Ms. Kydd is the editor of the award-winning blog Glass Petal Smoke and conducts Smell and Tell lectures on campus and in the Ann Arbor Community. She will be appearing at TEDxUofM on March 20, 2015.

Topic: Contributing to Conservation: The Great Lakes Gardens at Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Speaker: Michael Kost, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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The Great Lakes Gardens at the University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens were developed to showcase a variety of plant communities native to Michigan and the Great Lakes Region including alvar, open dunes, cobble beach, prairie, oak openings, and dry to wet woodlands. The gardens serve as an important place for the general public to learn about these natural communities and be inspired to care about their protection and stewardship. In addition to the educational and inspirational benefits to conservation, the gardens play an important role in the ex situ conservation of numerous uncommon and rare native plants. This talk will focus on the ecology of several of these natural communities and discuss some of the characteristic and rare plant species we have been able to establish in the Great Lakes Gardens.

Wednesday, March 18, Noon-1PM: Johnson Rooms, Lurie Bldg, North Campus
Topic: Student Life Sustainability Initiatives
Speaker: Keith Soster, Director of Student Engagement for Michigan Dining
Keith has responsibility over student engagement within dining and community connections (both on and off campus). He is also the lead for sustainability initiatives within the office of Student Life at the university and advises several student sustainability groups on campus.

Tuesday, April 14, Noon-1PM: Johnson Rooms, Lurie Bldg, North Campus
Topic: The Gerstacker Grove, A Vibrant Campus Destination
Speaker: Sue Gott, University Planner, Architecture, Engineering and Construction
After this, we will have a round table discussion between all the attendees.

Thursday, May 21, Noon-1PM: Johnson Rooms, Lurie Bldg, North Campus
Topic: Rain Gardens
Drew Lathin "How Rain Gardens Work"
General Manager, Creating Sustainable Landscapes, LLC
A rain garden is a shallow depression that captures rain water from impervious surfaces and infiltrates it into the ground before it can reach the storm sewer. As a result, pollutants and sediment are kept from entering natural bodies of water, making them safer for recreational use and for wildlife. When landscaped with native plants, rain gardens also provide for increased urban habitat. Drew will explain what rain gardens are and how they work.

David Dye "Harvesting Rainwater for the DIY Homeowner"
Owner, ArborServe, LLC
In a short time you can make your own rain barrel inexpensively and start harvesting rainwater for your garden. David will explain what to do and what to avoid when making a rain barrel or cistern.
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