2018 Speaker Series

May 2018

Green Burial: An Environmentally Friendly Option to Return the Body to the Earth


Each year in the United States we bury 827,060 gallons of embalming fluid; 1,636,000 tons of reinforced concrete; 90,272 tons of steel; 2,700 tons of copper and bronze; and 30 million board feet of hardwoods. Traditional burial can take a heavy toll on the environment, and be very expensive and time-consuming. Green Burial offers an alternative to this wasteful use of natural resources and provides the opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint at the time of our passing. During this presentation, you will learn about Green Burial: what is, how it differs from conventional burial practices, the history of Green Burial and the options available to Marylanders.

March 2018

Bringing Olli, the world’s first self-driving cognitive vehicle to National Harbor In Prince George's County, Maryland


Mr. David C Woessner,General Manager, Local Motors, National Harbor,  will provide an in-depth review of how Local Motors launched the Olli in National Harbor in 2016 and the journey that they have been on since launching their award-winning facility to bring self-driving vehicles to Prince George’s County, Maryland. Olli, a smart, safe, and sustainable self-driving electric shuttle, is poised to transform surface transportation as we know it. It brings increased efficiency to public transport, and can revitalize a neighborhood, optimize accessibility and mobility on a campus, or enhance a thriving Downtown. Mr. Woessner will discuss obstacles at both federal and state levels to launching new transportation technology, while also acknowledging the regulatory and governmental support they have received over the last two years. He will also discuss lessons learned along the way.

January 2018

Retailer for Wellness: Helping to Build Healthy Communities


 The Plan Prince George’s 2035 Approved General Plan, has the following Healthy Communities Goal: Create safe, connected communities that promote active lifestyles and provide convenient access to healthy foods. The grocery store is a primary link to good health by providing good food options that promote a healthy lifestyle. As a long-standing member of the community, Giant Food is taking the next step to become a retailer for wellness, adding In-store Nutritionists and expanding Pharmacy activities. This presentation will provide insight on how a tour through the grocery store can help you integrate eight important steps to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

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