The Graceland University Sustainability Program

The Graceland University Sustainability Program

The Graceland University Sustainability program is delighted to announce the first Graceland Environmental Symposium. The event will be held Friday, Oct. 16, during the 2015 homecoming weekend on the Lamoni campus.

This event will showcase environmental professionals and researchers from a variety of backgrounds, all of whom will speak on this year’s symposium theme, “Changing Paradigms.”

All are welcome to attend this free event, but registration is required.


Speakers will include:

Ryan Schlom, On Being a Change Agent
Leon Probasco ’72, Overcoming Carbon
Matt Frizzell ’96, Environmental Stewardship
Jennifer Trent, Food Waste
Bob Ackerley, Scaling Organic Food Production: The View from the Nut Farm
Denise O’Brien, Organic Farming, Food and Women in Agriculture
Tom Wind, Renewable Energy to the Rescue!
Sarah Webb, Practical Sustainability at Home, Church and Community
Michael Garvin, From Fossil Fuel to Renewable Energy
Jennifer Abraham-White ’08 and Leon Probasco, GU Sustainability and the EnviroAlumni Network: Now and Tomorrow


Leon Probasco, class of 1972 - an appeal to self-described “green” alumni.

Alumni who are interested in forming an EnviroAlumni network to support environmental studies and sustainability practices at Graceland University (and in the Lamoni community) are encouraged to attend the Friday conference and/or the Saturday follow-up meeting to discuss the purpose, goals and formation of this green alumni network.

Goals of the EnviroAlumni group will include the following:

  • Providing advisory input to the sustainability coordinator.
  • Conceptualizing future environmental symposiums.
  • Envisioning the expansion of sustainability studies at Graceland.
  • Fundraising for sustainability projects and scholarships.
  • Recruiting of students interested in sustainability.
  • Promotion of environmental stewardship.

Come and join other blue, gold and green alumni interested in supporting Graceland environmental studies and sustainability projects!