Video Archive

Did you miss one of the events the Office put on?  Fear not!  We've recorded the majority of our events and you can watch what you missed here!

Spring 2018 | Fall 2017 | Spring 2017 | Fall 2016Spring 2016 | Fall 2015Spring 2015Fall 2014Spring 2014 | Fall 2013 | Spring 2013 | Fall 2012 | Spring 2012

Spring 2018

Sustainability Week 2018 

The College of Charleston Office of Sustainability's annual Sustainability Week was held on April 9-13, 2018. This week of diverse programming addressed dimensions of sustainability through multiple events daily Monday-Friday including interactive panel discussions, workshops, and creative showcases, culminating with a fair & festival. Thank you to our interns, CofC faculty and staff, community partners, and participants who contributed to a stellar Sustainability Week 2018!

Fall 2017

Advocacy 101 Panel 

The Office held an event to provide a platform for three panelists to speak on the multiple scales of activism that they occupy. The panel took a critical approach to recent events in the media, analyzing how privilege often dictates the public’s perception of various forms of activism. The panel provided avenues through which students can funnel their feelings of apathy or dismay over recent events into effective forms of advocacy, and to show students that that there is no one right way to be an activist.

Spring 2017

Worn Wear Campaign

The College of Charleston hosted Patagonia and the Post Landfill Action Network as the kick off location for their Worn Wear campaign. Worn Wear sought to teach students at colleges and universities across the United States about the importance of repairing and reusing items instead of disposing of them in the landfill. The campaign featured many activities, including: a DIY clothing repair station, trivia, a DIY bike maintenance station, and an appearence by Growfood Carolina's mobile farmer's market. 

Fall 2016

Paddle, Paddle, and Roll: An Alternative Transportation Forum

How our community moves determines so much: the ways we interact socially, the amount of time we spend between activities that matter to us, our energy consumption, and the architecture of the land. Public transport in the forms of buses, ferries, and rail as well as bicycles and pedestrian access greatly enhance the livability of a place and reduce civilization's carbon footprint. This forum explores the ways Charleston County can integrate different ways of moving to vastly improve quality of life in our communities.

Spring 2016

Sustinability Week 2016 Keynote Presentation: Queen Quet

The founder of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, Queen Quet is the first democratically elected Head-of-State of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. She is a graduate of Columbia University and Fordham University and is currently Chair of the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor General Management Plan. Queen Quet has presented on human rights and injustice suffered by marginalized populations all over the world, including as the first Gullah/Geechee representative to address the United Nations. Here she discusses the importance of storytelling as a means of cultural preservation.

Greenbag Lunch Series: Institutional Racism

This video is a discussion of the concept of institutional racism, its effects on individuals and society, as well as what this means for creating a sustainable community.

The Anthropocene: Love It or Leave It

Prof. Jamieson is a prolific author whose most recent academic works are Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle to Stop Climate Change Failed-and What it Means for Our Future, and Love in the Anthropocene, a collection of short stories and essays written with the novelist Bonnie Nadzam.

Greenbag Lunch Series: Microplastics

What are microplastics and how do they impact people and the oceans? This discussion focuses on one of the biggest issues facing water quality, seafood, and human health.

Fall 2015

Sustainability and Leadership

How is sustainability related to leadership? This panel seeks to answer just that question. 

Climate Change: Risk for National Security

Today, the US Navy is preparing for an open Arctic, the Marines are deploying in response to historic typhoons, and the Army is preparing its bases to use less energy than they produce. 

Spring 2015

Greenbag Lunch Series: Sustainable Seafood

October is National Seafood Month! Join us for a discussion around the issues of marine environments and how we can begin to address problems through more sustainable procurement of seafood. A coastal city known for its cuisine, Charleston is at the heart of the issue of consumption of seafood. What problems do marine environments and economies currently face and how can we begin to address them? This discussion will center on how individuals and organizations can make more sustainable choices when planning menus, purchasing seafood, and getting further involved. 

Sustainability Week 2015: A.D. Carson, "What is Justice v. What Just Is"

AD Carson performs at the College of Charleston's Sustainability Week 2015 Kickoff Event.

Sustainability Week 2015: "Mother Nature, Mother Natrue", by Arthur Philips

Spoken word by CofC student & Office of Sustainability intern Arthur Phillips (Philosophy, '16) during Sustainability Week Kickoff 2015.

March Greenbag Lunch Series: Ecomusicology

Ecomusicology is an interdisciplinary conversation among music scholars, musicians, and activists who have been exploring music as it relates to biodiversity, environmental justice, and sustainability. Dr. Mark Pedalty of the University of Minnesota performed songs to illustrate the promotional, organizational, and emotional roles music plays in the environmental movement, and discussed the real and potential place for music, the arts, and popular culture in environmental movements.

Fall 2014

October Greenbag Lunch Series: Redesigning American Urbanism

A collaboration with the Carter Real Estate Center and departments of Political Science and Urban Studies, this event was held on Wednesday, September 17th. The discussion focused on the growing migration of people into cities and how Charleston can redesign our urban landscapes to meet the new needs of urbanites in a more sustainable way.

Tim Keane: Director, Planning, Preservation, and Sustainability City of Charleston
Kevin Keenan: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Linda Page: Mayor, Mount Pleasant
Kyle Taylor: Chair, USGBC-SC Lowcountry Branch

Spring 2014

Sustainability Week 2014 Keynote Address: Dr. Vandana Shiva

On Wednesday, April 9th at 5:30pm, internationally renowned author and speaker Dr. Vandana Shiva delivered the keynote address for Sustainability Week 2014 at the College of Charleston. Shiva is a social and environmental activist who has authored more than twenty works on issues of globalization, gender rights, justice, ecofeminism, and agriculture. Holding degrees in both physics and philosophy, Shiva has earned global recognition for her work to promote sustainable practices, as well as the protection of biodiversity and the rights of local communities. She has won numerous awards for her work including the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, the Sydney Peace Prize in 2000, and is one of the founders of the Navdanya movement.

This event was free and open to the campus and Charleston community. 

February Greenbag Lunch Series: Sustainability in Theater Arts

A collaboration with the College of Charleston Theatre and Dance, this discussion with Tony award winning set designer Donyale Werle focused on the incorporation of arts and sustainability. Using found objects and second-hand materials, Werle creates breath taking sets without hurting the environment.

Fall 2013

Greenbag Lunch Discussion: Homelessness in the Lowcountry

A growing problem nationally, homelessness has increased in South Carolina by 72% over the past two years. Why does homelessness occur and what does it mean for our community? In collaboration with the Center for Civic Engagement, this event is part of the campus' annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

Moderated by the Director of College Marketing Dan Dickison, the panel featured Annual Fund Manager for Crisis Ministries Anne Jackson, Volunteer Manager of the Lowcountry Food Bank Autumn McCarver, and CEO of Metanoia Rev. Bill Stanfield.

Food provided at this Greenbag was compliant with the SNAP challenge.

Food Day Greenbag Lunch Discussion: Migrant Labor and Farm Workers in the Lowcountry

On October 21st, we hosted our second Greenbag Lunch of the semester. In collaboration with Green CofC, this discussion featured Dr. Helen Delfeld, Associate Professor of Political Science, Michael Edmonds, Colleton County East Coast Migrant Head Start Program Family Services Coordinator and Recruiter/Educator for Charleston County School District Migrant Education Program, and Shaundra Young, the Supervising Migrant Farmworker Attorney for South Carolina Legal Services.

This panel brought together advocates, service specialists, organizers, and scholars to discuss the issues surrounding migrant labor and farm workers here in the Lowcountry. Who are the people that grow and harvest our food? What brought them to the fields? Why is their presence such a controversial political issue? What are their real world realities? How does the reality of food production conflict with our romantic images of traditional American farms and why do we hold on to those images? These and and many more subjects were discussed through a legal, social, political, and academic perspectives in an effort to cut through the political rhetoric and misperceptions and get down to the realities that often get left out of the discourse.

This event featured locally sourced produce provided by GrowFood Carolina.

Greenbag Lunch Discussion: Sustainable Resilience in Our Communities

On September 11th, our first Greenbag Lunch of the semester was co-hosted by the Carter Real Estate School. The topic, Sustainable Resilience in Our Communities: Building a Better Future with Lessons from the World Trade Center, featured Co-founder of Cityvolve Jeff Baxter, CC&T Real Estate Services Development Associate Eleni Giekas, and President and CEO of Rose Associates Kathleen Rose. The discussion was moderated by Office of Sustainability Academic Coordinator Dr. Jesse Baker.

Sustainability Bootcamp, August 21st

On August 21st, the Office of Sustainability hosted a Sustainability Bootcamp featuring a lecture from our new Academic Coordinator Jesse Baker, breakout sessions on various sustainability topics led by Office staff and interns, and a number of other interactive and engaging activities.

Spring 2013

Sustainability Week 2013 Keynote Address: Dr. Richard Oppenlander "Comfortably Unaware"

Dr. Oppenlander closes Sustainability Week by wrapping up this year's theme of Food with a discussion of the merits of transitioning to a plant based diet and recognizing the harms of meat production and consumption.

Sustainability Week Greenbag Lunch Discussion: National Security and Sustainability with Col. Mark Mykleby (Ret.)

This event featured Colonol Mark Mykleby, a former Strategic Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussing sustainability as the new paradigm of national security as we emerge from the cold war paradigm of containment.

Greenbag Lunch Discussion: Skill Diversity and Sustainability in the Next Generation Job Market

This event featured Mr. Greg Garvan, Founder of Money with a Mission, Mr. Wayne Koeckeritz, Owner of Food Waste Disposal, and Ms. Linda Mesaros, President of Mesaros Associates Inc.  Our discussion focused on preparing students to be competitive in a 21st century workplace following their graduation. As both consumers and markets are continuously evolving, developing diverse and adaptable job skills will be vital in order to compete in the next generation job market. 

Fall 2012

National Campus Sustainability Day plenary address 

This talk featured Geoffrey Chase, leader of the Ponderosa Project, Julian Keniry, Senior Director of Campus and Community Leadership for the National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Program, Julie Elzanati, Director of the Illinois Green Economy Network, Neil Weissman, Provost of Dickinson College, and Debera Johnson, founder of the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation. It discussed best practices for creating ecological curriculum, advancing experiential and living laboratory learning, and engaging faculty and the surrounding community in meaningful and critical education. It was screened with over 300 institutions nation-wide!

Queen Quet Talk

Gullah priestess Queen Quet was on campus on to discuss the sustainability of our food choices as the keynote speaker for Food week.

Speaking about Sustainability Series, Installment #2: The Top Ten Reasons We Are Compromising the Sustainability of the Earth And What You Can Do About It

Guest speaker is Bernard Zaleha, an environmental lawyer and one time national Vice President of the Sierra Club spoke about ten reasons we are currently compromising the resiliency of the earth's varied ecosystems, and what we can do to move as a campus and society towards sustainability.

Greenbag Lunch Series: Climate Change in the Lowcountry

Featuring Dr. Mitch Colgan (Geology), Dr. Seth Pritchard (Biology) and Dr. Hettinger (Philosophy), this panel discusses the effects of climate change on the systems and biological processes of the Lowcountry. 

Speaking about Sustainability Series, Installment #1: How to ACE Sustainability Education: A Skills-based Approach

Most of the jobs that college students will cycle through once they graduate have still to be invented. These jobs, like the technological processes they incorporate and the social and ecological realities they reflect, will develop in the coming years. A skills based approach to sustainability education focuses on teaching students how to become life-long learners in a rapidly changing and interdependent world. Our skills based approach, which at Florida we call ACE Education, focuses on: Active and Adaptive Learning; Critical and Constructive Thinking; Experiential and Embodied Participation.

Spring 2012

Engineering Sustainability Earth Day Panel

In honor of Earth Day the Office of Sustainability hosted the panel discussion "Engineering Sustainability" featuring retired Vice President of Boeing Environmental Health and Safety Mary Armstrong, LEED certified engineer Hope Strode, whose expertise can be seen in a number of buildings on campus, Energy and Climate Director of the Coastal Conservation League and South Carolina native Hamilton Davis, as well as former Senior Vice President for DirectTV Susan Collins.