Center for Sustainability
Georgia Southern University

Seminar Series

Empowering The Next Generation Through Greening Sports
Ovie Mughelli
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 @ 7PM, Performing Arts Center, Statesboro Campus

Join the Center for Sustainability for a presentation by former Atlanta Falcon and two-time All-Pro NFL Player, Ovie Mughelli, who will be speaking on “‘Empowering the next generation through greening sports.” The event is free and open to the public.

Ovie Mughelli is an award winning and nationally recognized retired professional athlete, turned environmental advocate. During his nine seasons playing in the National Football League, Ovie was considered one of the best fullbacks in the NFL, while playing for the Atlanta Falcons and the Baltimore Ravens.

Ovie is a devoted husband and father of three young children. He was awakened to the connection of human health to our planet’s health when his two youngest children were born premature. Ovie recognized that we need a shift in our culture of how we connect with, see and treat our planet.

As a result, he founded The Ovie Mughelli Foundation where he is educating and empowering the next generation of green leaders. He is working to diversify the green industry, giving equal access to all the benefits that green spaces provide. Ultimately, he wants to leave a legacy that will allow youth to have a better future – advocating for healthy environmental practices and opening kids eyes to the need for everyone to take an active role in saving the planet.

He has advocated on the issue at the highest levels, including at the United Nations, increased employee giving to green initiatives, started a national initiative to change the throw-away culture surrounding sporting events into one that is eco-friendly and sustainable, and is closing the skills gap for kids from underrepresented and underserved communities.

His proudest achievement is a STEM-focused and diverse graphic novel, gamification app and curriculum that educates kids and teens on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the environment, which is free for schools. His latest initiative is challenging the public to help get the ‘Gridiron Green’ comic into 20,000 schools across the United States.

Ovie has worked with and been acknowledged by leaders in the Earth protection movement, and has developed partnerships with agencies including the EPA, Sierra Club, and Green Sports Alliance. He was named one of the world’s top Eco Athlete’s by the Planet Green Foundation, was the closing speaker at the White House’s Sports and Sustainability Conference.

Designing and Living for a Carbon-Balanced Planet
Elaine Gallagher Adams
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 @7PM, Assembly Hall (Room 1915) Nessmith Lane Conference Center, Statesboro Campus

Architect Elaine Gallagher Adams will be speaking on “Designing and Living for a Carbon-Balanced Planet.” She was involved in the greening of the Empire State Building (which is the tallest LEED certified buildings in the US) and designed her own net zero home which generates as much energy as it uses.

An architect, mom, foodie, urban farmer, and electric car enthusiast, Elaine Gallagher Adams is a Rocky Mountain Institute alum, who teaches architecture, historic preservation, sustainability, and urban design at Savannah College of Art & Design. As Sustainability Director for LS3P Associates, she serves as a national voice for mindful design, high-performance buildings, and environmental accountability – building energy and ecological awareness, sustainable preservation, exploring new technologies, connecting to global sustainability issues including climate resilience, water scarcity, cultural sustainability, local food, and decentralized economies… while creating beautiful and inspiring buildings, places, and cities.

Watch her recent TED talk

Climate of Democracy
Dr. David Orr
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @7PM, Performing Arts Center & Simulcast to Ogeechee Theater, Armstrong Campus

David Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College and a James Marsh Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont. He is best known for his pioneering work on environmental literacy in higher education and his recent work in ecological design. He spearheaded the effort to fund, design, and build a $7.2 million Environmental Studies Center at Oberlin College, a building described by the New York Times as “the most remarkable” of a new generation of college buildings and selected as one of 30 “milestone buildings in the 20th century” by the U.S. Department of Energy. Orr is recipient of numerous awards and was described by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “one of those who will shape our lives.”

Dr. Orr received a BA degree from Westminster College, an MA degree from Michigan State University, and a PhD degree from the International Relations University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books and articles.

Planetary Consciousness, Local Economies
Dr. Vandana Shiva
Monday, October 16, 2017 @7PM, Performing Arts Center

Dr. Vandana Shiva, internationally known author and global sustainable agriculture/ food security expert, will speak as part of Georgia Southern’s Sustainability Seminar Series. You won’t want to miss this incredible sustainability leader of our time! This event is hosted by the Center for Sustainability in partnership with First Year Experience, the Multicultural Student Center, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and International Programs and Services. The event is free and open to the public.

New Story: Transforming Slums Into Sustainable Communities

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 7PM, Performing Arts Center

cfs10893_fye-new-story-speaker-900x900Matthew Marshall, co-founder of the non-profit start-up New Story, will speak about his experience as a young social entrepreneur and the company’s work to transform slums into sustainable communities in Haiti, El Salvador and Bolivia. The event, part of the Global Engagement Series and the Sustainability Seminar Series, is free and open to the public. To learn more about New Story, visit their website.







Seth Orme Presents Packing It Out

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7PM, Nessmith Lane Assembly Hall

The Center for Sustainability will feature Statesboro native and Georgia Southern graduate Seth Orme as the first Spring 2017 Sustainability Speaker at Georgia Southern. Co-founder of the “Packing It Out” Project, Seth Orme will speak about his experiences raising awareness of Leave No Trace principles and packing out thousands of pounds of trash while thru-hiking the Appalachian and the Pacific Crest Trails. His public lecture for the campus and community will inspire the audience to #LeaveItBetter.

To learn more about Seth Orme and Packing It Out, visit



Natalia Allen, Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur Presents Modern Materials, Modern Machines

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 7 PM, Performing Arts Center

NATALIA ALLEN - Design Futurist PDesigner, Consultant, Public Speaker

Natalia Allen merges fashion and technology to create beautiful minimalist clothing for modern women. Her collection, Natalia Allen, is ideal for professional women because it is travel-friendly, versatile and timeless. The entire collection is also manufactured in the USA by robots where they are programmed to manufacture the clothes seamlessly. Rather than cut and sew or knit and link, the robots stitch the entire style in one-step. The streamlined process saves fuel and textile waste; it also improves the working conditions for factory workers while making quality clothes.

Natalia Allen graduated from Parsons School of Design as Designer of the Year, a title she shares with Marc Jacobs. In 2005, Natalia founded Design Futurist, a design consulting firm that created innovative products for global brands like Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Dupont and P&G, before launching her own fashion-forward collection, Natalia Allen. She has also received recognition by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative professionals and by the World Economic Forum (Davos) as a Young Global Leader. She is a Design Futures Council Senior Fellow and lectures worldwide on sustainable fashion and technology.

Seminar Series

Last updated: 2/18/2020

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