Lecture to Discuss Exploring and Practicing Sustainability on College Campuses

Mitchell Thomashow to make free presentation at UC Riverside on Oct. 23, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Mitchell Thomashow will speak at UC Riverside on Thursday, Oct. 23.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. —  Former Unity College President and Environmental Studies Professor Mitchell Thomashow will visit UC Riverside on Thursday, October 23, 2014 to help raise awareness about climate change discuss the role that college campuses can play in exploring and practicing sustainability.

Thomashow’s presentation is free and open to the public and will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in INTS 1128. Light refreshments will be served. Non-permit-holders may purchase a permit from the automated kiosks in Lot 24. His appearance is co-sponsored by the UCR Office of Diversity, Excellence and Equity and the UCR Office of Sustainability.

“We are excited to be bringing Mitchell Thomashow to UC Riverside,” said UCR Director of Sustainability John Cook. “His is one of the foremost voices that is encouraging colleges and universities to lead the charge toward a more sustainable future.”

Thomashow serves as the director of the Presidential Fellows Program for Second Nature, a non-profit organization that promotes a sustainable future by making healthy, just, and sustainable living the foundation of all learning and practice in higher education. He is the former president of Maine’s Unity College, where he integrated concepts of ecology, sustainability, natural history, wellness, participatory governance, and community service into all aspects of college and community life. This included construction of The Unity House, the first LEED Platinum President’s Residence in North America, and the TeraHaus, a passive house student residence, as well as comprehensive campus energy planning, an integrated approach to growing food on campus, and a new academic master plan.

His book, “The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus” (MIT Press), provides a framework for advancing sustainable living and teaching in campus environments. It is available for check-out at the UCR Library and for sale at the UCR Campus Store.

Cook said that Thomashow will also host some invitational workshops for students during his visit to UCR.

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-4756
E-mail: john.warren@ucr.edu

Additional Contacts

John Cook, director of Office of Sustainability
Tel: (951) 827-1270
E-mail: john.cook@ucr.edu

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