Student Resources

Sustainability Speaker Series

The University of South Florida Patel College Of Global Sustainability (PCGS) presents the Sustainability Speaker Series.

PCGS is pleased to continue our Speaker Series Program into the 2017 - 2018 academic year. The speaker series was established to create increased knowledge and awareness among our students about innovative sustainability practices in private and public organizations. The goal of the series is to host local, national, and international leaders to present on sustainability policies and practices. Prior speakers include: Chief Phil Lane, an indigenous leader in human and community development and founder and chairman of the Four Worlds International Institute; Panamanian researcher Dr. Guillermo Castro, president of the Latin American and Caribbean Society of Environmental History and Executive Advisory of City of Knowledge Panama; Dr. Kathy Guindon, Assistant Research Scientist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute; Debbie Kinder, founder and CEO of BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit; and Dr. Anja Geitmann, Dean of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill University in Quebec. Future speakers include Jason Mickell, Manager of Water Supply at the Southwest Florida Water Management District, and Caryle Cammisa a USAID Foreign Service Officer.

Recognizing the importance of our students obtaining this valuable professional knowledge, PCGS is focused on the success of this program. This series does not only benefit PCGS students but the university as a whole by bringing in diverse speakers from across the world. Your support in the way of sponsoring our speaker series will have a profound impact on the success of our graduate students as they work to find solutions to current and future global sustainability challenges. Thank you for your support and investment in our student's education. If you are interested in sponsoring the series, please contact Kelly Gaskell at


Sustainability Speaker Series Schedule: 


Spring 2018



 "Sustainability in Marine Resources Management" by Roy Crabtree

Regional Administrator, NOAA Fisheries Service

Wednesday, January 24th | 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm | CGS 140

Watch live presentation here | PowerPoint Presentation


"Building Sustainability" by Michelle Jenkins and Sheila McNamara

Sustainability Coordinator, EPC; Sustainability and Security Manager, Hillsborough County

Monday, February 5th | 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm | CGS 140

Watch live presentation here | PowerPoint Presentation


by Tom Lawery

Monday, February 19th | 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm | CGS 140

Watch live presentation here | PowerPoint Presentation



by David Taylor

Wednesday, February 28th | 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm | CGS 140

Watch live presentation here | PowerPoint Presentation


by Tirusew Asefa

Monday, March 19th | 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm | CGS 140

PowerPoint Presentation



by Rebecca Hooper

Monday, April 9th | 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm | CGS 140

Rebecca Hooper's CV
PowerPoint Presentation



by Michael Hewett
Wednesday, April 11th | 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm | CGS 140

Michael Hewett's Biography
Watch live presentation here



Fall 2017



"Sustainable Development of Smart Villages" by Dr. Ashok K. Das

Founder and CEO

Wednesday, September 6th | 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm | CGS 136/138

Watch live presentation here



"Careers with USAID and Its Partners" by Caryle Cammisa

USAID Foreign Service Officer

Monday, October 16th | 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm | CGS 136/138

Caryle Cammisa's CV 
Watch live presentation here | PowerPoint presentation

 emerging leaders of tampa bay

"Leadership and Change Management in Business" by Jeff Chernoff

Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay

Wednesday, October 25th | 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm | CGS 136/138

Jeff Chernoff's biography 
Watch live presentation herePowerPoint Presentation



"Using Traditional and Non-Traditional Methods for Water Sustainability" by Jason Mickel

Manager of Water Supply Section

Wednesday, November 1st | 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm | CGS 140

Jason Mickel's biography 
PowerPoint Presentation


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"Sustainability Initiatives and Challenges" by Melissa Solberg

Sustainability Manager

Monday, November 6th | 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm | CGS 140

Melissa Solberg's biography 
Watch live presentation here | PowerPoint Presentation


university of potsdam

"Strategies for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation" by Prof. Juergen Kropp

Potsdam Institute for Climate Change Impact Research

Friday, December 1st | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | CGS 136/138

PowerPoint Presentation