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About Sustaina-bite

apple biteSustaina-bite is a monthly lunchtime discussion featuring a university expert and their area through the lens of sustainability. As a lens, sustainability can be applied to any topic! 

Presenters draw connections between their expertise and the broader environment, society and economy. From global to your front door, learn how these topics are connected to the bigger picture and to you. Attendees leave with an understanding of the connectivity of the world, and their place within it. 

Meant for students, faculty, staff, and the broader community, all are welcome. Please register in advance. 

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Past Sustaina-bites
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Advocacy & Citizenship

Many global sustainability challenges are influenced at the level of policies, corporations, and community involvement. Active citizenship and advocacy play a significant role in shaping the future! Learn how to be an involved community member and active citizen with Melody Porter, the Director of the Office of Community Engagement, and Elizabeth Miller '11, the Associate Director of the Office of Community Engagement.

April 2022 Zoom (recording)
Alum Spotlight with Caleb Rogers

Join William & Mary alum and Williamsburg city council member, Caleb Rogers '20, on a discussion about how he became passionate about sustainability at the start of his career in politics. He will discuss his role at the clean energy company Voltus, his involvement in the World Bank's Global Youth Climate Network, and how he has advocated for better climate action and sustainable practices in the City of Williamsburg.

March 2022 Zoom (recording)
Going Green with James City County

James City County has many environmental efforts and initiatives underway! Come learn about the progress being made in JCC and ways that you can get involved. Cassie Cordova, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, will share the details of JCC resources and upcoming events, including a Repair Fair to give your home items a second lease on life. Grab your lunch and bring your questions!

Feb 2022 Zoom (recording)
Climate Change: What's Religion Got To Do With It?

Join Reverand Max Blalock and guests to discuss the interconnections between religious perspectives and climate change. Religious perspectives can be both an impetus and a barrier to engaging meaningfully around climate change. This discussion will be the beginning of the conversation, not the end.

Nov 2021 Zoom (recording)
Single-Use Plastics & Executive Order 77

W&M has been reducing the purchase and use of single-use plastics for some time as part of sustainability efforts. Governor Northam's Executive Order 77, focused on eliminating certain types of single-use plastics and styrofoam, was announced in spring of 2021 and aligns well with our sustainability plans and goals. Dave Zoll, the sourcing analyst with the Procurement Services Office, and Eden Harris, the Associate Director of Marketing, Administration and Licensing at Auxiliary Services will be speaking on the matter. Learn about the items being reduced, where to find alternatives, and plans for the future.

Oct 2021 Zoom (recording)
Campus Composting

W&M has the second-best composting program in the nation for a university of our size! Join us for a discussion with Stephen Moyer, Jasmine Howard, Claire Willie, and Dorian Miller from Dining Services about this long institutionalized effort in our dining halls, how and what to compost, and the more recent expansion of community composting access across the campus. Make sure your compostables are getting to a compost bin and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.

Sept 2021 Zoom (recording)
Local Impacts of Climate Change

When you think about the impacts of climate change, do you see visions of far-off polar bears? What about our own backyard? Join Dr. Molly Mitchell, Research Assistant Professor of Center for Coastal Resources Management, for a brown bag discussion about the present and future impacts of climate change on Williamsburg and the surrounding area. From global to your front door, learn about how this topic connects to the larger picture and to you.

April 2021 Zoom (recording)
Art, Indigenous Peoples & Sustainability
How is the art of Indigenous peoples linked to climate change, culture, and empowerment? How can art influence your area of expertise? Join Dr. Danielle Moretti-Langholtz, Director of the American Indian Resource Center and Curator of Native American Art at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, for a brown bag discussion about the influence of art through the blended environmental, social, and economic lens of sustainability. Learn how art can highlight voices, connect disciplines, and drive change.
March 2021 Zoom (recording)
Pandemics & Sustainability

How are pandemics like COVID linked to conservation, equity, and governance? Join Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, for a brown bag discussion about public health and pandemics through the blended environmental, social, and economic lens of sustainability. From global to your front door, learn about how this topic connects to the larger picture and to you.

Feb 2021 Zoom (recording)
Parks Research Lab & Greenspaces Map 

Learn about the contribution of nature engagement to health, well-being, and human flourishing. PRL director, Dorothy Ibes, with discuss the importance of nature, whether you are on campus or remote, and the recently launched Campus Greenspace Map. Grab your lunch and join us! 

Sept 2020 Zoom
Recycling @ W&M

What goes in the blue bin on campus? Where can batteries be dropped off? What about compost? Learn about all this and more! Featuring Anusha Komati, Waste & Recycling Supervisor, and the EcoReps.

 Feb 2020

Chesapeake B, Sadler
Having the Talk...Climate Change

One of the most important things you can do to act on climate is to talk about it. Pamela will discuss why talking about climate change matters and share some tips and techniques for more productive conversations about climate. Featuring Pamela Braff, Coastal Climate Extension Specialist.

Nov 2019 York Room, Sadler Center
Eating Sustainably @ W&M

We all eat! Learn about the options for campus residents and for campus events using sustainability filters on America to Go. Featuring Dave Zoll, Strategic Sourcing Analyst, Procurement, and the EcoReps.

Oct 2019

Studio B, Wellness Center
W&M Sustainability

What is "sustainability" anyway? Learn how W&M Sustainability approaches sustainability, and the resources/opportunities available for faculty, staff, students.

Sept 2019 Studio B, Wellness Center