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Day 1 – Issues & Trends in Environmental Sustainability

Monday, February 15th from 7-8:30 p.m.

Once you register for the conference, you will receive an e-mail with the information to join through Zoom. You need to register for the day(s) you want to attend to get the specific Zoom link.

We hope you will join us to discuss environmentally sustainable issues and trends, and how the state of New Jersey has addressed it within the public school system.

Itinerary for Monday

7 – 7:05 p.m. Welcome to Sustainability Education Week! Presented by Dean Henning
7:05 – 7:50 p.m. Keynote Speaker John Morano discusses the trends/issues in environmental sustainability, his experiences, and how he addresses sustainability in his writing.
7:50 – 8:25 p.m. Keynote Speaker Missy Holzer: Climate Science and Climate Change Across the Curricula – Exploring the Opportunities
8:25 – 8:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Keynote Speakers

John Morano

John Morano

Photo by Mark Ludak

John Morano is a journalism professor who has worked at Monmouth University for over 25 years. He is the author of the Eco-Adventure Series. Within the novels, the main characters are endangered species and the settings are imperiled environments. He also wrote a textbook called Don’t Tell me the Ending! and is currently writing a fifth novel on endangered wolves. His books have been endorsed by The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, Oceana, the Ocean Conservancy, the Rachel Carson Center, and other world-class environmental groups. Morano worked on ROCKbeat Magazine, Modern Screen Magazine, and Inside Books Magazine. He has won many awards including the Distinguished Faculty Award, the Celebration of Teaching Award, and five consecutive Student Choice Awards. Finally, he advises Monmouth University’s student newspaper, The Outlook, which has won the national University Newspaper of the Year award five times from the American Scholastic Press Association. Morano is passionate and concerned with endangered species and habitat depletion.

Missy Holzer

Missy Holzer

Missy Holzer, Ph.D., is passionate about science education. Holzer taught high school science for more than 30 years, adjuncts for different universities, and is currently a science standards specialist with Great Minds PBC. She champions the integration of science practices with science sensemaking about phenomena to develop her students into lifelong problem solvers. She enjoys field research immensely and has assisted in data collection in places such as the stratosphere (SOFIA), Svalbard, Greenland, Nicaragua, Kenya, Ecuador, Jamaica, Costa Rica, off the coasts of Oregon, South Carolina, Cape Cod, and Chile. Back in the classroom she uses her field experiences to develop units of study to inspire students to explore and understand their natural world. She is the secretary of National Earth Science Teachers Association (president 2012-2014), has served on many state and national committees, and presents at local, regional, and national conferences. She has been an active participant in New Jersey state science standards projects since 2008, which more recently included serving on the State Leadership Review Team for the NGSS, authoring of the Capstone High School Science Model Curriculum, and the recently completed New Jersey science standards review. She has supported formal and non-formal educators as they transition to using NGSS through numerous workshop offerings and is currently assisting teachers with the integration of the new climate standards into their units. She has a MAT in science education, a M.S. in geography, and a Ph.D. in science education.

A map of the united states composed of phrases concerning environmental issues, including climate change, clean energy, and future generations