"To protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems
through education, research and community stewardship."

Press Release

Sep 30th, 2015 | Category: Announcements, MDC News

Marine Discovery Center To Offer Sustainability Forum

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., Sept. 29, 2015 – The Marine Discovery Center, along with Volusia County Environmental Management and host Atlantic Center for the Arts, will present “The Green Path: Becoming a Sustainable Community” on Thursday, October 8.

The sustainability forum is open to the public and will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m., in the Joan James Harris Theater at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, located at 1414 Art Center Avenue in New Smyrna Beach.

“The purpose of the forum is to create greater public awareness about sustainability options and how these options can be implemented at home and in the community,” said Chad Truxall, executive director of the Marine Discovery Center.

“We hope the public can help change conversations in our community about ways that we can protect our environment as our community continues to grow,” added Truxall. “If the conversation changes by citizens who live here, our political leaders will follow.”

Presenters from the Volusia County community and from throughout the state will discuss useful sustainability practices from residential, transportation and agricultural perspectives.

Guest speakers at the forum will include:

  • Katrina Locke, natural resources program manager for Volusia County Environmental Management, speaking on “Introduction to Sustainability”
  • Dr. Peter Merkle, associate professor of civil engineering at Embry-Riddle University, speaking on “Food Systems”
  • Ralph Locke, board member of Florida Green Building Coalition, speaking on “Greening Your Home”
  • Reginald Mells, outreach specialist from the Florida Department of Transportation’s reThink office, speaking on “Rethinking Your Commute”
  • Dr. Pierce Jones, professor & director of the University of Florida’s Program for Resource Efficient Communities, speaking on “Sustainable Communities”

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information about “The Green Path” sustainability forum, contact Noelle Dunbar at the Marine Discovery Center at 386-428-4828.

About The Marine Discovery Center

The Marine Discovery Center (MDC) was founded in 2000 with the goal to protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems through education, research and community stewardship. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, MDC has become widely recognized for its quality educational and hands-on, feet-wet learning programs for kids, as well as adults. Using its 40-passenger Discovery boat and fleet of kayaks, the center offers learning opportunities as a floating classroom, in adventure camps, as well as for guided eco-tours by certified naturalists. The center showcases engaging exhibits for experiential learning and invites community participation in stewardship opportunities.

Media Contact: Lisa D. Mickey at lisa@marinediscoverycenter.org.