Today’s critical environmental problems present monumental challenges globally, nationally, and locally. However, opportunities also exist right here in New Orleans for enterprising professionals and change makers to build a versatile skill set in sustainability and begin making a difference in our local communities. The Certificate in Sustainability program provides students with international and regional perspectives on trends in sustainability and the tangible tools and practical skills students can use to make our lives, businesses, and the New Orleans and Gulf region more sustainable.
Over sixteen informative, interactive, and eye-opening evening sessions, students in the program will be challenged to envision themselves as leaders making consequential decisions regarding sustainability. Students will learn from an array of examples drawn from local New Orleans organizations, government offices, and individual guest speakers who are making the transition to more sustainable operations, while also gaining valuable professional connections and contacts with local experts in a wide variety of fields in sustainability. The Certificate in Sustainability offers a timely and affordable introduction to this increasingly important field of study, providing students with a general overview of sustainability as well as specific and practical steps students can use to make New Orleans a better place to live and call home.
Master Key Concepts
- The history of sustainable development and current global, national, and local trends in sustainability.
- Metrics used for measuring sustainability such as life-cycle analyses, greenhouse gas inventories, utility energy-efficiency incentives, and environmental accounting.
- Tools and techniques for implementing sustainability into our home and work lives to strengthen communities.
March 4th – June 24th, 2020
Location: UNO Main Campus
Schedule: Weds Evenings, 6-9pm
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Kevin Fitzwilliam is from New Orleans, LA, and has worked at the forefront of numerous environmental issues in the gulf south region. His interest in environmental protection began with the awareness about Louisiana’s coastal land loss and its effect on livelihoods and the seafood industry in Louisiana. He worked in public relations for multiple environmental non-profit organizations and also taught environmental science for several years. Kevin has created three business ventures pertaining to sustainability. The first was the creation of a local-produce market and agricultural training farm called Hollygrove Market & Farm, which operated for 10 years and was a central part of the New Orleans food economy. The second was the creation of a radio show called All Things Local, which aired for three years and was the only radio show dedicated to topics on sustainability in Louisiana. His most recent entrepreneurial venture is the creation of Atlas Handmade Beads, a business that sells handcrafted beads and bracelets made from recycled magazine paper by women in Uganda.
Kevin has also worked in solar energy and energy efficiency for the last six years, formerly as a solar-energy consultant and currently as a training and workforce development specialist with the Energy Smart program – the energy-efficiency incentive program of Entergy New Orleans. In 2018 Kevin was selected as an inaugural 1 Hotels Fellow with Environmental Entrepreneurs, an affiliate of the Natural Resources Defense Council, to educate citizens in south Louisiana about community solar and on-bill financing for utility energy-efficiency programs. That same year he was also selected as a “Person To Watch” by Biz New Orleans magazine for his environmental achievements. He writes op-ed articles on a variety of environmental topics for The Lens, and he is a founding member of The Trashformers, an upstart Mardi Gras krewe centered on recycling and waste reduction during Mardi Gras.
Adrienne Zlatkiss is a trusted advisor who works with clients to meet their sustainability, energy and resiliency goals. Adrienne has been part of the sustainability movement from the beginning. Her life’s purpose has been finding sustainable solutions that help the environment while having a positive effect on the long term financial bottom line. After more than 15 years working in sustainability and energy for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, CDM Smith and Siemens, Industry, Inc (a global technology company), Adrienne knows what truly drives successful projects and policy. Her clients have included carpet manufacturers, higher education campus’, City and County governments, K-12 and various Federal agencies.
In her current role at Siemens, Adrienne is a Sales Executive that works with clients to achieve their sustainability and energy goals by leveraging their building automation systems and optimizing their HVAC performance. Adrienne has supported clients throughout the United States and in Louisiana to achieve their sustainability goals with lasting results.
Adrienne holds a MSc in Sustainable Development from the Imperial College of London and BS in Environmental Engineering.
As Program Manager at the City of New Orleans’ Office of Resilience and Sustainability, Camille Pollan harnesses the resources of municipal, business, private and public partners to address sustainability and resilience challenges throughout the Southeast.
Ms. Pollan is a graduate of UC Berkeley and George Washington University, and has worked as a sustainability consultant in the private sector, as well as in the green building sector. Recently, she participated in an EU-funded study tour of Belgium and Holland to explore innovative approaches to energy, mobility, water management, and the circular economy. Prior to coming to New Orleans in 2005 to work on Hurricane Katrina recovery, she worked on tsunami relief efforts in Indonesia, and taught English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania.