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RMU Sustainability Conference Looks to Help Build Sustainable Businesses, Neighborhoods, and Nations

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Pittsburgh – Robert Morris University will host the fourth annual International Conference on Sustainable Enterprises on Wednesday, April 18, at RMU’s Moon Township campus.

The keynote address, “Fossil Energy and the Future” will be given at 1 p.m. by Bryan Morreale, lead of the materials science and engineering focus area with the Office of Research and Development of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. That talk will take place in the International Suite of Sewall Center.

The conference features presentations of research and discussions on issues of sustainability related to management, economics, marketing, accounting, finance, communication, industrial engineering.

The research presentations to be featured next week include:

  • “Your Honey or Your Life: How Existing Zoning Laws are Challenged By Sustainable Enterprise” by faculty at RMU and Duquesne University, about the conflict between home-based beekeepers and neighbors worried over potentially fatal bee stings.
  • “Wingfield Pines Hydroelectric Turbine Energy” by four RMU engineering students, who will discuss a recent project to generate electricity from abandoned mine drainage at the Allegheny Land Trust’s Wingfield Pines Conservation area.
  • “Sustainability of Human Capital: A Comparison of the United States and China” by RMU faculty examining the structure used to move the United States from the agrarian age to the industrial age into the technology age and comparing this process to China to assess what aspects of each system enable and encourage development and sustainability of our human resources.

Morreale also will participate on a panel discussion at 4 p.m. titled “Utilization of Sustainability” moderated by Marcel Minutolo, assistant professor of management at RMU, also in the International Suite. Other participants will include Frank Gunderson, senior director of asset management at Giant Eagle; John Jameson, LEED green associate/program coordinator with the Higher Education Climate Consortium; and Jeaneen Zappa, sustainability manager with Allegheny County.

The conference is sponsored by the RMU School of Business and the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science; the Institute of Organization and Management in Industry in Warsaw, Poland; Warsaw University of Technology; and Helena Chodkowska University of Management and Law in Warsaw.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.