An event on the celebration of the World Environment Day
Addressing environmental issues and challenges through coordinated interdisciplinary approaches as well as the important role of environmental education were at the heart of the two-day event entitled “Celebrating the Environment 2021: Reimagine, Recreate, Restore”, held by the American College of Greece in the context of the initiative ACG150 and the celebration of World Environment Day, on June 7-8, 2021.
The event was organized by the Environmental Studies Program, the Department of Science and Mathematics, the ACG Center of Excellence in Sustainability and the Office of Public Affairs.
In the discussion Dr. Stella Apostolaki, Associate Faculty – Lecturer I, Environmental Studies Program Coordinator, Chair of the Academic Advisory Board of the Center for Excellence in Sustainability, The American College of Greece, professors of the ACG analyzed how different disciplines within the American College of Greece can contribute to the common goal of environmental restoration and how prosperity can be ensured for future generations.
More specifically, international solutions and initiatives for tackling biodiversity loss and sustainable water resources management were analyzed also in connection with the Environmental Studies Program at Deree-ACG. Holistic approaches to environmental protection and human health were also presented, analyzing the effects of climate change on world cultural heritage, as well as the concepts of “sustainable cities” and “environmental justice”.
Particular reference was also made to environmental approaches of the sectors of food and tourism but also to the major environmental challenges and opportunities in the shipping, transport and supply chain sectors. The concept of Greenwashing in the business world was also analyzed, i.e., the tendency of companies to claim that they are “greener” than they really are. Finally, regarding the role of research and digital innovation in environmental protection, the emerging needs and priorities were highlighted.
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Dr. Georgios Kokosalakis, Executive Director, Center of Excellence in Logistics, Shipping & Transportation and Assistant Professor, School of Business and Economics, Deree-The American College of Greece
Paraskevi Papadopoulou, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Head, Department of Science and Mathematics and Biomedical Sciences Program, Deree-The American College of Greece
Dr. Athanasios Krystallis, Executive Director, Center of Excellence in Food, Tourism & Leisure and Associate Professor, School of Business and Economics, Deree-The American College of Greece
Dr. Pavlos A. Vlachos, Associate Professor of Marketing, Alba Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece
Dr. Stella Apostolaki, Associate Lecturer I, Environmental Studies Program Coordinator, Chair of Academic Advisory Board of Center of Excellence in Sustainability, The American College of Greece
Dr. Christina Marouli, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Department of Science and Mathematics; Founder and ex-Director of the Center of Excellence in Sustainability, Deree-The American College of Greece
Dr. Constantinos Papadias, Executive Director, Research, Technology & Innovation Network (RTIN), ACG, and Professor, Information Technology, Deree & Alba