How Inspired Thinking, Innovation and an Entrepreneurial Spirit Will Change the Planet

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Sustainability is a subjective term, meaning something different and personal to everyone. Essentially, sustainability is something that can be maintained and most often aligned with environmental safety and the health of our planet, but also economic and social viability. Regardless of the definition, sustainability is one of the greatest concerns globally in this century, with decisions impacting billions of lives. To that end we ask ourselves what choices can we make to better protect our planet while ensuring equity, health, and prosperity in our community? 

Featured Speakers: 

Robert J. Koester, AIA LEED AP, is a tenured Professor of Architecture at Ball State University, teaching Design-for-Sustainability in multiple educational settings. He is the Founding Director of the Academy for Sustainability, the Center for Energy Research/Education/Service (CERES) at Ball State University (BSU), and the Founding Chair of the Council on the Environment (COTE) which continues to serve as a clearinghouse for campus-wide sustainability implementation. He has presented internationally on sustainability education, research and service and has been published extensively.

Erin Fitzgerald serves as CEO of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers in Action® (USFRA®), an organization that represents farmers, ranchers, and food and agricultural partners who share a common vision to further our global sustainable food systems. Prior to USFRA, Erin Fitzgerald served as Senior Vice President, Global Sustainability for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, where she conducted an environmental impact assessment that led to an industry-wide voluntary carbon reduction goal of 25 percent by 2020.

Sam Miller is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and an Associate Teaching Professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, teaching course work in entrepreneurship and strategic foresight at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Sam is founder and president of Provoyant Corporation, a strategic foresight and innovation consultancy that provides training and exploratory research for companies and organizations seeking to understand and act upon emerging opportunities.


Sponsored by the American Dairy Association, Indiana Inc., and Ball State College of Health.

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