10th Annual Student Summit

Reinventing Your Campus: Sustainability Starts With You

Friday, April 17, 2015
Pace University, New York City

Get inspired by our keynote speaker and learn from successful campus sustainability projects. 
There is no fee to attend the Student Summit. Lunch is included! 
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Buffet Lunch (Bianco Room)
Welcome (Bianco Room)
John Cronin
Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs
Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies
Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities
Pace University
Keynote "How Can You Make Sustainability Personal?"
Daniel W. Bena
Head, Sustainable Development and Operations Outreach
1:15pm Break
1:30pm - 2:15pm Breakout Session 1 (Classrooms on 6th Floor)

Increasing Local Food
Classroom W615
"Recipes for the Real Food Revolution"
Amelia Leeya Goldstein ('17)
Sociology Major
Bard College
Implementing Hydration Stations & Banning Bottled Water
Classroom W616
"Implementing Water Bottle Refill Stations and Banning Bottled Water at SUNY New Paltz"
Annie Courtens (’15)
Sociology Major
SUNY New Paltz
Bike Sharing
Classroom W617
"NYU Bike Share: A Student-Run Legacy"
Adu Matory ('16)
Coordinator, NYU BikeShare
New York University

Pio Tsai ('16)
Mechanic, NYU BikeShare
New York University
Culture Change & Effectively Communicating Your Message
Classroom W618
"Culture Change on Campus: How Communications and Strategic Planning Can Move Mountains"
Mike Noel
Futerra Sustainability Communications
2:30pm - 3:15pm Breakout Session 2
[Repeat same sessions as in Session 1]

Report Out and Discussion (Bianco Room)
Refreshments will be served.

4:15pm Closing Remarks
4:30pm Adjourn


How Can You Make Sustainability Personal?

Dan Bena will present a case study using his own experiences of how to make sustainability personal. He will briefly describe the magnitude of the global challenges with which the world is faced, and how only collaborative solutions with a diversity of partners will secure sustainable solutions. Bena will draw upon his experiences at PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage company, and share how the company’s resources and reach have helped improve societal challenges under their banner of Performance with Purpose.

Daniel BenaDan Bena currently heads the Sustainable Development and Operations Outreach agenda for PepsiCo Global Operations, the world’s second largest food and beverage company, which serves consumers in more countries and territories than the United Nations has members.  Bena believes in using the power of the private sector to create shared value partnerships where business and society can flourish.  He serves/has served on the Public Health Committee of the Safe Water Network, dedicated to market-based, sustainable community-level solutions to provide safe drinking water in developing economies; the Leadership Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); Steering Board of the International Finance Corporation’s 2030 Water Resources Group Initiative; Steering Committee of the United Nations CEO Mandate, where he was active in the Human Right to Water and Policy Engagement work streams; the Global Agenda Council on Water Security of the World Economic Forum; and the Board of the International Society of Beverage Technologists.  Most recently, Bena was elected to the Boards of the Washington-based US Water Alliance, and the Creative Visions Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to using media and the arts to develop agents of positive social change.  One of Creative Visions’ signature programs, called Rock Your World, engages middle and high school students in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and provides them the tools with which to become creative activists.  Bena also serves on the Advisory Board of Artistic Circles, which produced the 2012 documentary, Water Pressures.  In 2014, he was invited to serve on the Advisory Board of the Environmental Leader publications group, as well as the America’s Water Initiative of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.  In 2015, Bena was selected as a mentor for Global Teen Leaders through the ThreeDotDash.org program of the We Are Family Foundation.

He represented PepsiCo as one of only three invitees by the Federal Ministries of Germany to speak about the Food:Water:Energy Nexus in preparation for Bonn 2011.  He was honored to deliver the keynote address at the Farm to Fork Royal Gala in the presence of TRH Princess Madeleine and Prince Daniel of Sweden, and has spoken at over 100 venues which span the business, government, academic, and non-profit worlds. In 2013, he was honored to represent PepsiCo while speaking at the Our Food, Our Future Summit, in Dublin, Ireland, hosted by the Irish Food Board, and attended by the Prime Minister of Ireland and the Minister of Agriculture. In July, 2012, he was one of four witnesses invited to provide testimony to the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.  In 2013, he was honored to provide opening remarks at the United Nations Youth Assembly to over 1,000 youth delegates from over 100 countries.  In 2014, Bena received the Light Up the Night Award from the Julia D. Andrus Organization for his youth advocacy and engagement.  In 2015, Bena was invited by the President of the UN General Assembly to participate in a high-level UN panel on partnerships to advance the post-2015 Development agenda.  He was invited by the mayor of his city to serve on their inaugural Sustainability Advisory Board to develop a forward-looking sustainability plan for the city, one of only three nationwide selected to pilot a new sustainability planning tool kit based on the successful PlaNYC for the City of New York.  He published his  book, Sustain-Ability: How a Corporate Conscience Sustains a Companys Ability to Win, specifically to help other companies along their sustainability journeys.


Increasing Local Food
Classroom W615
"Recipes for the Real Food Revolution"
Amelia Leeya Goldstein ('17), Sociology Major, Bard College

The Corporate Food System describes our current economic system of food distribution which favors big industrial businesses and hurts small-scale local providers, or anyone trying to produce fair, ecological, or humane food. Capitalist systems that contribute to the exploitation of labor and land put the power in the hands of the consumers, and the most powerful consumer is the student. This presentation will be about how to leverage the power that you and your institution have in making sustainable changes with global effects, one ingredient at a time.
Implementing Hydration Stations and Banning Bottled Water
Classroom W616
"Implementing Water Bottle Refill Stations and Banning Bottled Water at SUNY New Paltz"
Annie Courtens (’15), Sociology Major, SUNY New Paltz

In December 2014, SUNY New Paltz officially banned the sale of bottled water which will go into effect at the start of the 2015-16 academic year. The presentation will outline the steps and actions taken that preceded this decision as well as tools and advice for other college campuses to use. The session will inform students on ways to mobilize, educate, and lead a successful campaign to ban the sale of bottled water.
Bike Sharing & Campus Fleets
Classroom W617
"NYU Bike Share: A Student-Run Legacy"
Adu Matory, Coordinator, NYU BikeShare , New York University
Pio Tsai, Mechanic, NYU BikeShare, New York University

Our presentation will provide a brief history of the NYU Bike Share; how it grew from the tinder of a bicycle-upcycling program to the raging communal bonfire it is now. We will elaborate on the infrastructure of the program, the challenges it faces, and how the environment at NYU has changed and continues to change along side the Bike Share program.
Culture Change & Effectively Communicating Your Message
Classroom W618
"Culture Change on Campus: How Communications and Strategic Planning Can Move Mountains"
Mike Noel, Strategist, Futerra Sustainability Communications

Environmental progress is never easy, but it is surprisingly achievable on college campuses.  All that is needed is leadership, persistence, and an intelligent approach.  This collaborative workshop will provide you with the latter.  Borrowing insights from communications, behavioral science, and campaign strategy this workshop is designed to connect you with the resources and tools needed to shape successful environmental initiatives on campus.



There is no fee for students to attend. While the event is primarily a student event, faculty, staff, administrator, and others are welcome to attend.



1 Pace Plaza

3 Spruce Street

Pace University
1 Pace Plaza
(building 2 on Campus Map)
Use 3 Spruce Street entrance - click here for street view
New York, NY 10038

Upon arrival, proceed up a few stairs to the security desk, our registration table will be to the left where you will check in and pick up your name badge and program.

Detailed directions, including mass transit options, to Pace University’s downtown campus can be found at www.pace.edu/about-us/directions-to-all-campuses/nyc-campus, as well as a link to the campus map.

Transportation and Parking:
We encourage attendees to use mass transit to reach Pace University’s downtown campus.  Parking on the street is difficult.  While there are a number of parking garages in the immediate area, they may be prohibitively expensive.  There is no campus parking facility.

 If traveling to campus by subway or bus, Google Maps is a helpful tool to view locations of stops (and lines serviced by the stop).  

For official MTA info, visit  http://mta.info.


The Environmental Consortium has a limited amount of funds available to reimburse students 50% of their reasonable mass transit travel costs to and from Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, NY, NY if the total cost exceeds $30.

Students who would like to take advantage of this offer must apply BEFORE the Student Summit (using estimated costs). Funding is not guaranteed until you receive an approval of your application from the Consortium office. Applications will be decided on a first come, first served basis.

Travel Reimbursement



  • Nicholas Ali (‘15), Biology Major, President, Environmental Club, College of Mount Saint Vincent
  • Caroline Craig, Research Associate, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, Pace University
  • Chelsea Dow ('15), Environmental Studies Major, Pace University
  • Melanie DuPuis, Ph.D., Chair, Environmental Studies and Science, Pace University
  • Lee Frankel-Goldwater, Adjunct Professor, Environmental Studies, Pace University
  • Remy Gallo ('16), Political Science Major, Pace University
  • Gian Joseph ('17), Environmental Science Major, Pace University
  • Donna Kowal, Program Coordinator, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and the Environmental Consortium, Pace University
  • Michelle Land, Director, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and the Environmental Consortium, Pace University
  • Larry O’Connell, Economics Instructor, The New School and CUNY
  • Sacha Pfeufer (‘16), Environmental Studies major, Sustainability Intern, Vassar College
  • Haylei Peart ('17), Environmental Studies Major, Pace University
  • Michelle Rogat (’14), Sustainability Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Marty Rowland, PE, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Dyson School of Arts and Sciences, Pace University
  • Alexandra Slavin (‘14), MA Environmental Management, Montclair State University; Empire Clean Cities




Contact Donna Kowal at 914-773-3091 or info@environmentalconsortium.org.
Environmental Consortium

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