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CMC’s Online ‘Sustainability Conference 2022: Be the Change’

April 22, 2022 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Colorado Mountain College’s sustainability studies program will host its sixth sustainability conference from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Earth Day, April 22. “Be the Change,” will be accessible via Zoom throughout CMC’s nine-county district and beyond. The conference is free and the public is welcome and encouraged to register and attend.

Following the virtual conference, CMC Spring Valley will host a free Earth Day event open to the public. From 2-4 p.m. in the Calaway Academic Building, the campus will offer coffee and snacks during student poster presentations with live music by Carbondale musician Olivia Pevec.

Corporate sustainability

During the virtual conference, Matt Hamilton will provide the keynote address, discussing his perspectives on leading sustainability efforts within the business sector. Hamilton spent nearly 14 years with the Aspen Skiing Company first as sustainability coordinator, then sustainability manager, and finally, as director of sustainability.

Hamilton is now the director of corporate sustainability at VF Corporation, one of the largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies in the world focusing on socially and environmentally based operations and products.

The 123-year-old corporation has 12 brands including The North Face, Vans, Smartwool and Timberland. Hamilton said that VF Corporation produces 400 million units of apparel, footwear and accessories every year. “As practitioners, we’re able to influence and help reduce environmental and social impacts by producing sustainable products,” he said.

The conference will also feature CMC President Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, who will describe the college’s educational and operational visions regarding sustainability. Additionally, graduating sustainability studies students will give brief research presentations in five breakout rooms.

Virtual attendees may select which breakout room to visit: 1) biodiversity as goal and solution; 2) social justice and education; 3) infrastructure for transformation; 4) food and the future; and 5) rivers, fire and climate action.

Spots for the virtual conference are filling fast. For more information and to register for the virtual conference, visit https://coloradomtn.edu/sustainabilityconference/.

Matt Hamilton, director of corporate sustainability at VF Corporation, will give the keynote address at CMC’s online “Sustainability Conference 2022: Be the Change” on Earth Day, April 22. The event is free and open to the public. Register at https://coloradomtn.edu/sustainabilityconference/.


April 22, 2022
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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