Life of the Scholar Program Set for Nov. 14 at Gardner-Webb

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Guest Speaker to Discuss Elements of Sustainable Communities

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – The Life of the Scholar (LOTS) program at Gardner-Webb University will present “Bottom-Up Thinking About Sustainable Communities” with guest speaker Shannon Binns on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in Ritch Banquet Hall, located in the Dover Student Center. Binns is the founder and executive director of Sustain Charlotte (N.C.), a nonprofit organization helping to advance a region-wide sustainability movement by serving as a catalyst for change.

The mission of Sustain Charlotte is to inspire, inform, and facilitate a holistic and collaborative approach to building a vibrant and sustainable future for the Charlotte metropolitan region.

“We want to create a vision for a sustainable Charlotte (and its region), by bringing together leaders,” Binns said.  “Not only folks from government and the business sector, but especially the non-profit and academic community – who come together and think collaboratively about this issue.”

Prior to coming to Charlotte in 2007, Binns worked at the Nature Conservancy in Washington, D.C., where he was part of their climate change science and policy team.  Binns has also served as an agro-forestry volunteer with the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa; helped found a tsunami relief organization in Thailand; and served communities across the northeast United States as a member of AmeriCorps.  In the private sector, Binns has worked as an industrial engineer for Motorola, General Motors, and Trane.  He also serves an adjunct professor in the Sustainable Technologies program at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte.

Binns offers a wide range of ideas in his presentation on sustainability.  “Reduce our vehicle miles traveled per day,” he suggests.  “Through other transit options (perhaps rail system or car-pooling), we could reduce the time we spent in our vehicles and the amount of emissions that result from that.”

This program is free and open to the public.  More information is available about the LOTS program and this event by contacting Dr. Michael Kuchinsky, assistant professor of Political Science, at 704-406-3806.