Sustainability Day

Press Release

Posted: October 17, 2012


Lorain County Community College will host several events in honor of National Campus Sustainability Day on Wednesday, October 24. The events are free and open to the public.

The day will kick off at 11:30 a.m. in the Stocker Arts Center Cinema Hall with “The Way I See It,” a panel presentation about sustainability, agriculture and Lorain County. The panel presentation will include Rebecca Colon Dickerson, a photographer and farmer whose work is on display at the Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery and whose short film, “The Way I See It” will be shown. The panel will be moderated by Ruby Beil, Program Coordinator for the Sustainable Agriculture Certificate Program at LCCC. The other panelists are Sandy Kish Jordan, Executive Director of the New Agrarian Center (NAC). Marco Wilkinson, Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Agriculture and Outdoor Education Coordinator for the LCCC campus gardens.

From 12:30-1 p.m., Dickerson, will lead a gallery tour and talk through Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery to discuss her current exhibition also titled “The Way I See It,” a personal photographic exploration of and about American agriculture, especially the agriculture of Northern Ohio. 

From 2-3:30 p.m., a national panel event entitled "Educating Students for a Changing Climate" will be streamed in the cinema hall. The video is presented by the American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education and Second Nature as part of National Campus Sustainability Day.

After the video, from 3:45-4:15 p.m., Dickerson will lead a second gallery tour and talk through Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery.

The Beth K. Stocker Gallery will also be open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For more information, visit or call Joan Perch at (440) 366-7866.

About the panelists
Ruby Beil, Program Coordinator for the Sustainable Agriculture Certificate Program, LCCC  
Beil has a PhD in Environmental Horticulture from Cornell University, where she studied the ecosystem services that plants provide in cleaning the air we breathe.  As Assistant Professor in the division of Science and Mathematics since 2005, Beil also serves as faculty liaison for service learning at LCCC.  Service learning students in Beil’s ecology courses have contributed to the creation and care of campus specialty gardens and natural areas.  Beil is Project Director for the development and establishment of LCCC’s Technical Certificate Program in Sustainable Agriculture, a USDA funded initiative.

Rebecca Colon Dickerson, Adjunct Faculty, Photography, LCCC
Dickerson has a MFA in Photography from Leslie University in partnership with the Art Institute of Boston and a BFA in Photography from Bowling Green University.  Her film, “The Way I See It,”   is an exploration of American agriculture, especially the agriculture of Northern Ohio.  Both a photographer and an artist, she is “happiest in a field in the hot sun, camera in hand.”

Sandy Kish Jordan, Executive Director of the New Agrarian Center (NAC)
NAC was formed in 2000 with a mission to grow a sustainable local food system in Northeast Ohio.  In 2003, NAC worked with OSU Extension to develop the City Fresh CSA initiative.  Over a six-year period, the NAC converted 40 acres of soybean fields into a rich complex of market gardens, learning spaces, and restored wetland, prairie, and woodland habitat at the George Jones Farm.  NAC now serves as LCCC’s main community partner in Sustainable Agriculture, facilitating student learning on the farm and bringing a City Fresh stop to LCCC main campus.  In March 2012, the NAC hosted a Local Food Summit at LCCC bringing together local food stakeholders from throughout Northern Ohio.  Read more about the NAC at

Marco Wilkinson, Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Agriculture and Outdoor Education Coordinator for the LCCC campus gardens 
Mr. Wilkinson, a horticulturist and certified permaculture designer, teaches courses on soil management and conservation, plant propagation, and wild edibles.  He is also a visiting instructor in the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College.  His writing on sustainable agriculture issues can be found at his blog, EarthStoreHouse,


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