Speakers & Panelists



Ken Ilgunas

Ken Ilgunas is an author, journalist, and backcountry ranger in Alaska. He has hitchhiked ten thousand miles across North America, paddled one thousand miles across Ontario in a birchbark canoe, and walked 1,700 miles across the Great Plains, following the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline. He’s written for the New York Times, Time, Backpacker, Smithsonian Magazine, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. His adventures and books have been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The New Yorker, National Geographic, and NPR. He has a B.A. from SUNY Buffalo in history and English, and an M.A. in liberal studies from Duke. He is the author of travel memoirs Walden on Wheels and Trespassing Across America, and advocacy book, This Land Is Our Land. He is from Wheatfield, New York, and is presently living in Scotland.  



Lilian Griselda Pagoada 

Lilian Griselda Pagoada, a Native Honduran, has lived in Ithaca, NY for the past 6 years. She has a bachelor's degree in International Business, a Master’s in Business Management with focus in Marketing and works at Cornell in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program. As a Fashion lover, when she discovered the negative impacts of the fashion industry, she was deeply upset and concerned. As a result, she decided to help create awareness about it and became an environmental activist through fashion. She has been a sustainable fashion advocate since 2020.  She promotes slow fashion practices like conscious consumerism, slow fashion, reuse, and repurposing through her social media channels. She is a member of the non-profit Slow Fashion Movement Global (@slowfashion.movement), región Country Lead of Slow Fashion Movement LATAM, 1 of the Slow Fashion Movement’s local groups (@slowfashionlatam) and Founder of an Upcycled jewelry brand (@lili.upcycledjewelry).  




During the 2020 lockdown, Hudson became deeply motivated to minimize his carbon footprint and the amount of waste he produced, and one area that resonated the most was through clothing. Hudson slowly built a reputation for providing high quality, yet affordable secondhand garments to his community through local pop-up events. His brand Evergreen Ithaca grew to the point where a brick-and-mortar location was opened during November of 2022. In 2023, Evergreen sold over 6000 articles of clothing, helping individuals shop more sustainably within a fun and inviting atmosphere. 




Margaret Frey

Margaret Frey is the Vincent V.C. Woo. Professor in the department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design at Cornell University. She is a Faculty Fellow for Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and the Barbara McClintock Hall at Cornell University. Professor Frey earned a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MS in Fiber Science from Cornell University. She earned her PhD in Fiber & Polymer Science from NC State University. 

 Sustainability Colloquium Presentations

Aquaponics Research

The Aquaponics research group has provided an alternative to traditional agricultural production, which is typically both land and energy intensive. Aquaponics involves the raising of plants and fish in the same system. The team will elaborate on their process of creating the on-campus system and their engagement in a unique research opportunity such as collaboration with the food pantry, alternatives to fish feed, and more.

"The Power of Independence"

Nick Bahamonde and Peter Raider

Two recent Ithaca College graduates, Nick Bahamonde and Pete Raider, created "The Power of Independence" as their senior these project. This film explores the communities at independent ski resorts in Northern Vermont through shareholders, employees, locals, and high school kids as they share why their mountain means so much to them - touching on the impact climate change will have on their mountain and local community. 


Ithaca College's Eco-Reps aims to spread sustainability efforts throughout campus. they have recently begun a new initiative working to prevent food waste from the on-campus dining halls. Every Friday, a group of students meet to put together leftover meals from the dining hall and share them with the public. Assistant manager of Eco-Reps Alicia Menduni will explore this new initiative and what it has meant to both the on-campus and local community in terms of food security.