The keynote address, “Collaboration: the Imperative of Strategic Relationships,” will be delivered by Dr. John F. McFadden in the Community Center, 10-10:30 am. Dr. McFadden will talk about the importance of relationships in educating and advocating for the conservation and improvement of Tennessee's environment, communities, and public health.

Dr. McFadden is the executive director of the Tennessee Environmental Council. He has more than 25 years' experience working in the conservation and environmental field. McFadden is currently pursuing the Tennessee Sustainability Agenda's implementation, the Duck Rivers Opportunity Project, the Tennessee Tree Project and the Radioactive Waste Education Project as a part of his role with the Council.

Lunch, consisting of healthy, local foods, is being provided by Martha Stamps Catering, in the Community Center, 11:30-12:30. The lunch is free, with a suggested donation of $10. Ms. Stamps will also be a speaker in the workshop at 1pm in room 203; she will speak about holistic healthy living, caring for the physical, emotional, and spiritual.

Ms. Stamps is a local chef. Join her for “A Place at the Table,” a weekly community dinner and movie/lecture series, sure to expand your palate, broaden your horizons and warm your heart. Sign up for the email newsletter to receive weekly information about the menu and movie by emailing

The plenary address, “Beyond Sustainability,” will be presented 12:15-12:45 pm by Professor Dodd Galbreath in the Community Center. The solution to continued prosperity and survival lies within us and is currently held in bondage by our own choices. We need a new abolition that draws on our collective faith in a regenerative future, beyond sustainability.

Professor Galbreath has been in environmental service for 30 years. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Practice at Lipscomb University, the only undergraduate and graduate program in sustainability in the southeast. Prior to his work at Lipscomb, he led the passage of significant environmental legislation, and he also created a corporate sustainability consulting business for trade associations, developers and defense agencies.