SCUP 2009 Southern Metro Mini Conference

Wednesday, August 19, 2009
9:00 AM4:15 PM
Agnes Scott College
Evans Dining Hall, Rooms A-C
141 E. College Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030


Conference proceeding will be available soon.

View the final list of registrants.

Colleges and universities have never seen more challenging times than now.  It seems there are no guaranteed resources for programs, faculty, or facilities. Even our natural resources have been challenging to sustain. Institutions are required to plan for circumstances that are unpredictable economically and environmentally.

Join us in Atlanta as we discuss….

  • Campus sustainability commitment: Can we afford it or how can we afford not to?
  • Stewardship of natural resources: Georgia’s drought recovery will be one of many discussion topics.
  • Sustainable best practices in budgeting, academic programs and facilities.

We will have the opportunity to hear from the leadership of Agnes Scott College on how the college is realizing return on the commitment to sustainability, as well as, tour the campus. We will also hear from other institutions and professionals on how they are dealing with these issues.


9:00 AM–3:30 PM

9:45 AM–10:00 AM
Presenter: Lily Berrios, SCUP Southern Regional Representative

10:00 AM–10:30 AM
Agnes Scott College and Sustainability
Presenter: Elizabeth Kiss, President, Agnes Scott College

10:30 AM–11:50 AM
Panel Discussion: Campus Sustainability Commitment - Can We Afford It or Can We Afford Not to Do It?
Presenters: Susan Kidd, Director of Sustainability, Agnes Scott College; Frank Powell, Director of Sustainability, Furman University; Jim Cooper, Director of Sustainability; Graduate Student, Clemson University

11:50 AM–12:30 PM - Lunch

12:30 PM–1:25 PM
Panel Discussion: Sustainability Issues for the University System of Georgia
Presenters: Sandra Neuse, Associate Vice Chancellor, Board of Regents, University System of Georgia

This session will provide an overview of sustainability related initiatives within the University System of Georgia.  This session will cover what are the key drivers: from the governor’s interest in energy and water management, new legislation requiring energy guidelines to campuses six (6) pursuing climate commitment.   It will also address what are the opportunities and challenges that Georgia pubic institutions face and what / how is the USG preparing to respond to these.

1:25 PM–2:20 PM
Panel Discussion: Sustainable Best Practices in Budgeting, Academic Programs, and Facilities
Presenters: Tom Bowen, Vice President for Finance and Operations, Piedmont College; Gerald Vander Mey, Director, Campus Planning, Clemson University; and Wayne Robertson, President, Energy Ace.

Today’s colleges and universities face ever-increasing challenges in budgeting with decreased state support for public institutions and dwindling endowments and uncertain enrollments for private institutions.  Academic programs are changing at an ever-increasing rate to meet the changing needs of students and faculty, and facilities are required to change to meet these changing needs in budget and academics.  Overlaying all of this change is the awareness that new models of sustainability need to be developed to meet the needs in each of these areas.  This panel will examine best practices in each of these areas and share what their institutions and organizations are doing to help meet these changing needs.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understanding of some of the budget and expenditure reduction measures that are being done to meet shrinking budgets and maintain institutional sustainability.
  2. Find out how a private institution, a public institution, and a private corporation each address the problem of lowering carbon emissions and energy costs.
  3. See how the academics is being affected by changes in energy and sustainability policy and what is being done through technology to help make teaching more sustainable.
  4. Learn what sustainable measures related to buildings and grounds have been taken in order to help institutions meet growing budget challenges

2:35 PM–3:30 PM
Panel Discussion: Stewardship of Natural Resources
Jay Bassett, EPA Region 4; Steve Cannon, Gwinnett Heritage Center; and Lies
van Bekkum, Sustainability Fellow, Agnes Scott College

3:30 PM–4:15 PM
Tour of Agnes Scott College


Member: $85
Nonmember: $95


Online registration closes August 12, 2009.

Map and Directions:

The college is located one half mile from the Decatur MARTA station and 30 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and offers ample parking.

Click here for a map and directions.



Partner Level

Hendessi & Associates,
Niles Bolton Associates,

Platinum Level

Structure Tone,

Gold Level

Broaddus & Associates,
Facility Programming & Consulting,

Silver Level

Balfour Beatty Construction,
Clark Nexsen Architecture & Engineering,
Cooper Carry, Inc.,
Energy Ace, Inc.,
Hardin Construction Company,
Heery International, Inc.,
Holder Construction Company,
Lord, Aeck & Sargent,
Skanska USA Building,
VHB/Vanasse Hangen Brustlin,
Watson Tate Savory Architects,
The Winter Construction Company,

Bronze Level

Herman Miller, Inc.,
KSQ Architects, PC,
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.,

Sponsorship list last updated August 12, 2009

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact:

Sponsorship Co-Chair
Lewis C Godwin
Director/Planning Projects
Georgia Perimeter College
555 N Indian Creek Dr
Clarkston, GA 30021
404.299.4430 Fax

Sponsorship Co-Chair
Gita Hendessi
Gita Hendessi, Hendessi & Associates
1212 Collier Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
404.609.9657 Fax

SCUP Staff
Betty Cobb
339 East Liberty Street, Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
fax 734.998.6532


Chair, Conference
Cindy Holt

Planning Events Chair
Bob Gunn

Online Form or Website Contact
Michelle Pierson