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04-10-2014

Mitchell Thomashow to Speak at Clarkson University on Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus

Mitchell Thomashow will deliver a presentation at Clarkson University titled "The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus" on Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Forum (#13 on the map at http://www.clarkson.edu/about/clarkson_map.pdf ). Thomashow is the director of the Second Nature Presidential Fellows Program. The event is free and open to the public.

Mitchell ThomashowThomashow's new book, The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus (The MIT Press), provides a framework for advancing sustainable living and teaching in a variety of campus environments.

In describing his book, Thomashow says that a college campus offers an ideal setting for exploring and practicing sustainability. Colleges and universities offer our best hope for raising awareness about the climate crisis and the dire threat it poses to the planet. They provide opportunities for both research and implementation; they have the capacity to engage students, staff, and faculty in collaborative enterprises that inspire campus transformation; they take the idea of legacy seriously. But most college and university administrations need guidance on the path to sustainability.

Thomashow will outline a comprehensive strategy for campus sustainability that connects all aspects of campus life. Themes include how to use sustainability as the basis of institutional turnaround and branding, using organizational leadership as the basis for planning and change, and the profound ethical questions that drive sustainability thinking. He connects sustainability to global environmental change, natural history, place-based learning, educational philosophy, and human flourishing. Connecting his experiences to broader concerns, Thomashow links the campus to the planet, reminding us that local efforts, taken together, can have a global impact.

Thomashow devotes his life and work to promoting ecological awareness, sustainable living, creative learning, improvisational thinking, social networking, and organizational excellence. Currently he is engaged in teaching, writing, and executive consulting, cultivating opportunities and exchanges that transform how people engage with sustainability and ecological learning

Read more about Thomashow at http://www.secondnature.org/who-we-are/staff/mitchell-thomashow .

For more information, please contact Clarkson's Institute for a Sustainable Environment at 315-268-3856.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/mthomashow.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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