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Sustainability in the City Panel

Geneva hair care company Zotos was recently named to the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Top 20 On-Site Generation List” for its installation of wind turbines at its facility. According to the American Wind Energy Association, the Zotos Wind Project is considered one of the top on-site wind projects currently being undertaken by a manufacturing company in the United States. Al Hawker, environmental quality officer at Zotos, will talk about the initiative as part of a panel discussion, “Sustainability in the City,” held at HWS on Thursday, April 21.

The panel discussion will kick off the Colleges’ celebration of Earth Week.  The talk will feature environmental sustainability efforts in Geneva and panelists will represent a diverse sampling of the area’s businesses and organizations:

Mike Biltonen, vice president of farm production and sustainability professional at Red Jacket Orchards, will discuss the efforts of the third-generation family farm, which introduced a number of sustainable practices and products in 2009 as part of its 50th anniversary celebration.

Matt Horn, Geneva City manager, will explain what the City is doing to go green. The City included “environmental stewardship” and “sustainability” as among its priorities for 2011.

Brandon Phillips, co-owner of SMC Furnishings, will share the company’s “no waste” philosophy and strategy of incorporating reclaimed or locally sourced timber into most of the home furnishing pieces it creates.

Jamie Landi, sustainability coordinator for the Colleges, will report on the state of the Colleges’ environmental sustainability efforts.

Jason Hagerman, city councilor and chair of the City of Geneva Green Committee, will moderate the panel.

Sustainability in the City will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The discussion is free and open to the public.

More information about Earth Week events at HWS is online.


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