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Sustainability Speakers Series Spring 2024

Join us for our 1-hour virtual lunch and learn Spring 2024 Sustainability Speakers Series to hear from a diverse lineup of speakers addressing critical sustainability and environmental topics. The speaker series will include experts from Extension, business, academia, government, communities and more.

There is no cost, and you can join us for one topic or the full series.

Session Topics, Speakers and Dates:
Jan. 9, 2024 - 12- 1 p.m. ET
Inflationary Reduction Act: Funding for Sustainable Energy Upgrades - Speaker: Dr. Erica Tobe, MSU Extension
This session will cover legislation aimed at curbing inflation through strategic economic measures and financial allocation to support the enhancement of energy systems for long-term sustainability.

Feb. 13, 2024 - 12- 1 p.m. ET
Composting - Speaker: Megan Alexander, Carter's Compost
This session will highlight Carter's Compost's collection and delivery service utilizing bicycles with trailers to transport food scraps from kitchens to nearby composting sites.

March 12, 2024 - 12- 1 p.m. ET
FoodPrint - Speaker: Dr. Rob Sirrine, MSU Extension
This session will focus on increasing your understanding of the food system and strategies to reduce household food waste, or your “FOODPRINT”, on the environment.

April 9, 2024 - 12- 1 p.m. ET
Recycling - Speaker: Kerrin O'Brien, Michigan Recycling Coalition
This session will delve into the significance and strategies for effective recycling practices.

May 14, 2024 - 12- 1 p.m. ET
Sustainable Tourism Strategies - Speaker: Andy Northrop, MSU Extension
This session will focus on environmentally conscious approaches in the tourism industry for a sustainable future.

You can join us for one topic or the full series.

Registration for Sustainability Speakers Series Spring 2024 is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on May 13, 2024.

There are 831 openings available.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information about the program, please contact Andy Northrop at, Bethany Prykucki at, or Marie Ruemenapp at