Inaugural Symposium
Challenge Convention. Change Our World.

Sustainability in the 21st Century

Wednesday, September 22
Razzo Hall, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

In August 2010, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced the creation of a panel on global sustainability. According to the U.N. statement, the goal of the U.N. panel is to figure out how best to alleviate poverty while also addressing climate change and promoting economic development that will not harm the environment.* This Clark panel examined the issue of sustainability from the perspective of each of their companies/organizations. How can sustainability be achieved—at the local and global levels? What challenges and obstacles are present now and in the future?

*"Ban announces high-level panel to tackle global sustainability issues," United Nations (August 9, 2010)

Jennie StephensJennie Stephens, Clark University Professor, International Development, Community and Environment

Alumni/ae Panelists
David A. JordanDavid A. Jordan, M.P.A. '02, President and CEO, Seven Hills Foundation
Dr. Jordan received his M.P.A. from Clark University in 2002. He also holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island; an M.A. in Special Education from Salve Regina University; and doctorate (DHA) from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Jordan has served as President and CEO of Seven Hills Foundation since July 1995. Seven Hills is a healthcare and human services network employing over 3,000 professional staff and clinicians throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island and is the umbrella organization for nine affiliated, nonprofit health and human services organizations. Since 2003, Dr. Jordan has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Clark in the Graduate School of Management (GSOM) and the School of Professional Studies. His research and teaching has focused on Strategic Management, Public Policy and Administration, Strategic Marketing and more recently the emergent topic of Social Entrepreneurship. He is a popular speaker nationally on the topic of social entrepreneurship and among his many honors, he was named by the Worcester Business Journal in 2007 as one of the Top 15 Entrepreneurs in Central Massachusetts, the only nonprofit leader so recognized.

Angela MwandiaAngela Mwandia, M.A. '05, Coordinator, Environmental Hazards Programme, World Wildlife Fund
Angela Mwandia received her M.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University in 2005. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Nairobi. Ms. Mwandia is the Coordinator of the Environmental Hazards Programme at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). She coordinates WWF activities related to pollution, chemicals and waste management in Africa. This includes coordinating WWF activities under the Africa Stockpiles Programme (ASP), a global partnership that aims to clean up, safely dispose of, and prevent new accumulations of publicly held stocks of obsolete pesticides in Africa. Her work involves engaging policy makers in implementation of chemicals- and waste-related international conventions as well as advocacy and outreach initiatives to communities and civil society organisations. Prior to joining WWF, Ms. Mwandia worked at Progressive Interventions (PI), an Irish nonprofit organization, developing nature-based enterprises that were owned and managed by communities in Africa based on Fair Trade principles. Angela has over 10 years experience working in projects that focus on the development, environment and business nexus. She sits on the boards of a several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) in Kenya.

Cynthia Abramson NikitinCynthia Abramson Nikitin '81, Vice President for Public Buildings and Director of the Civic Centers Program, Project for Public Spaces
Cynthia Abramson Nikitin received her B.A. in Art History and Comparative Politics from Clark University in 1981 and an M.A. in Arts Management and Urban Planning from New York University in 1991. She serves as both Vice President for Public Buildings and Downtowns and the Director of the Civic Centers Program for the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) in New York City. PPS is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. With a portfolio of more than 200 projects, Ms. Nikitin's technical expertise in urban sustainability stretches from the development of downtown main street master plans and corridor enhancement projects, to the creation of transit station area plans, as well as public space and public art master plans for major cities. Ms. Nikitin is a member of the American Public Transportation Association's sustainability and urban design committee, and a member of the Board of the Bronx River Art Center and has been widely published in such journals as Sculpture Magazine and Public Art Review. She lectures extensively and trains design professionals in the U.S., Canada, South Korea and South Africa on issues related to enhancing the placemaking role of civic institutions, community-based planning, safe growth, and center city revitalization through public space animation.

Beth PacellaBeth Pacella '85, Senior Attorney, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Beth Pacella received her B.A. in Economics from Clark University in 1985, and earned a J.D. from Boston University in 1988. She is a Senior Attorney in the Solicitor’s Office at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, D.C. The FERC is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil. FERC also reviews proposals to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and interstate natural gas pipelines as well as licensing hydropower projects. Ms. Pacella drafts briefs and presents oral arguments on the agency’s behalf in appellate litigation matters before the Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals. In 2003, for example, she represented the Commission in a far-reaching law suit regarding California’s energy crisis.