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Time is running out and it’s important for all of us to understand what we can do. You’ll learn the consequences of climate change, the urgency of the problems, and ways we all can be part of the solutions. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

We all know that composting helps the environment by keeping organic waste out of landfills. (You did know that, right?) And we also know that organic fruits and vegetables are healthier – and more expensive! So we’ll show you how to compost and grow your own food organically. Win-win!

TENTATIVE WEBINAR: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that “pollinators are the engines that run healthy habitats.” Whether you have a few feet on a balcony or a large yard in the country, you can help. Learn how to plan, build, and grow your own garden that will ensure the future is filled with butterflies and other pollinators!

If you haven’t checked out electric vehicles lately, it’s time you look again! They’ve come a long way since the Prius of 20 years ago. Learn about current options that are right for you and right for the environment.

Working in partnership with Prince William County Government, Keep Prince William Beautiful runs programs that are centered on encouraging and educating community members on how to be environmental stewards. Learn what you can do to make Prince William County – or wherever you live – a more clean, green, and beautiful place!

Most of us buy the same products out of habit, simply going through the motions at the store. And even though we might try to recycle single-use items, that’s simply not enough. We’ll show you how to be much more environmentally friendly when you’re shopping for non-durable household goods – without breaking the bank!

KEYNOTE WEBINAR – Sunday, May 24 @ 11 AM EDT

Beyond Laudato Sí: Franciscan Reflections on Where We Go From Here in Developing an Integral Ecology

As we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the promulgation of Pope Francis’s encyclical letter, Laudato Sí, we look not only to the document and the past, but also forward to see where we are invited to go in embracing the church’s teachings on creation and integral ecology. This presentation will pay particular attention to the ways we, as a Franciscan community, can draw from our rich resources in living Laudato Sí now and in the years to come.

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Get to know our presenters…

Ron Kaltenbaugh, Climate Reality Project Speaker, EVADC President

Daniel P. Horan, OFM is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province (NY), assistant professor of systematic theology and spirituality at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, columnist for National Catholic Reporter, and the author of twelve books including the award-winning The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Influence on his Life, Thought, and Writing (2014). His latest books are titled, Reading, Praying, Living Pope Francis’s Rejoice and Be Glad (Forthcoming in 2019) and All God’s Creatures: A Theology of Creation (2018). He is the author of numerous popular and scholarly articles, and is a frequent lecturer and retreat director around the United States and abroad.

Ron Kaltenbaugh, Climate Reality Project Speaker, EVADC President

Ron Kaltenbaugh, Climate Reality Project Speaker, EVADC President, has been active with sustainability-related issues for many years.  Ron’s activities include the Frederick County Sustainability Commission, President of the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington DC (EVADC), and climate training with The Climate Reality Project.  Since attending a Climate Reality conference in March of 2017, Ron has given over 50 presentations on a variety of aspects of Climate Change.  Ron has a Masters Degree in Computer Science from American University and works as a Network Engineer for a Fortune 500 company.  Ron has been working on his own personal net zero project including home solar, geothermal heating and cooling, and two electric cars.

Aleta Daniels, Executive Director, Keep Prince William Beautiful

Aleta Daniels is the Executive Director of Keep Prince William Beautiful. KPWB is a Community Partner with Prince William County Government. Their programs are centered on encouraging and educating community members on how to be environmental stewards, with an overall goal of making Prince William County a more clean, green, and beautiful place to live.

Susan Schunk, Horticulturist and Certified Plant Professional

As a professional Horticulturist, Susan Schunk has the knowledge to help you choose ‘the right plant for the right place,’ plus the resources and creativity to attain your perfect landscape. She owned and operated her own landscape design and installation business for over a decade and earned her Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Clemson University. Susan is a certified Plant Professional and certified environmental educator with experience in everything from development of plants in a greenhouse to working with a Tom Fazio golf course design “The Snead” at The Greenbrier Sporting Club. She has been a contributor on WLOS television’s “In the Garden”, URTV and WHKP radio. For the past 6 years, she has focused on Landscape Design with Meadows Farms, incorporating hardscapes, waterfalls, and beauty with plants.

Susan Schunk, Horticulturist and Certified Plant Professional

Scott Deane is a Life Science teacher for Prince William County Schools where he runs a Green Club for middle school students and is a member of the Prince William County Schools Sustainability Team. He has taught for 26 years in Virginia. Outside of school, Scott is also a member of the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington D.C. and co-chairs the St Francis Care for Creation committee.

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