Environment Roundtable Speakers 2022-2023

Environment Roundtable Speakers 2022-2023

Dr. Shamika “Shree” Dorestant, Greensboro’s first Chief Sustainability Officer
Dr. Dorestant introduced us to the City’s Community Sustainability Council and 20-Year Strategic Energy Plan.
See Greensboro’s Office of Sustainability and Resilience

Marion Gamble, Greensboro chapter member, Beyond Plastics
Beyond Plastics is a nationwide project that “pairs the wisdom and experience of environmental policy experts with the energy and creativity of grassroots advocates to build a vibrant and effective movement to end plastic pollution.”
Contact: beyondplasticsgreensboro [at] gmail.com

Gary Kenton, LWVPT Board Member 
Gary opened a discussion of the pros and possibilities of nuclear energy as a power source for the future. The film Pandora’s Promise was recommended as an introduction.

Margaret Rowlett, Solar Power Now Coalition (SPNC)
A partner of the ERT, the SPNC advocated for the formation of the City of Greensboro’s Strategic Energy Plan (SEP) and advocates for additional clean-energy commitments in the Guilford County Board of Education’s Energy Plan.
The ERT made a written Public Comment for inclusion of three additional commitments for the Guilford County Schools Energy Plan.

Ashley Robinson, Greensboro’s Waste Management Educator
Ashley’s presentation showed the how, why, what and what not for recycling in Greensboro. 
Watch the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8Mc49jqjjM
Further information here: https://www.greensboro-nc.gov/departments/field-operations/recycle

Kirsten Minor, Health Manager for CleanAireNC (AIRE means Action and Innovation to Restore the Environment)
CleanAireNC’s mission statement is “We advocate for the health of all North by pursuing equitable and collaborative solutions that address climate change and air pollution.”
Watch the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCn1ysDFRN8&list=UULFw7uUq2dwGH0_s7aiRMlYkQ

Justin Catanoso, ERT League Luncheon 2023
Justin Catanoso, professor of journalism at Wake Forest University and reporter for Mongabay, international environment news organization, spoke at the ERT League Luncheon, open to the public. He shared his investigative reporting about the biomass wood pellet industry in NC (Enviva) that clear cuts mature tree stands and ships pellets overseas to be burnt in industrial furnaces.
See: https://news.mongabay.com/2023/07/timber-harvests-to-meet-global-wood-demand-will-bring-soaring-emissions-study/