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Clarkson Speaker Series Highlights Environmental Sustainability

Waste Recovery from Cattle and Cars by Clarkson University Associate Professor Eric Thacher (Wednesday, February 27) will look at new methods to recover waste and utilize it in productive ways.

Clarkson University continues its series of lectures on the topic of environmental sustainability. The Sustainability Seminar Series will feature six lectures in January and February. Also scheduled to speak this spring is internationally renowned entrepreneur and environmentalist Paul Hawken.

The series is part of Clarkson's Environmental Sustainability Initiative, a multi-year, cross-campus process that applies the emerging principles of sustainability to all aspects of campus life.

The lectures will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. in Room 177 of Bertrand H. Snell Hall, on the Clarkson campus.

Among the scheduled speakers and topics:

Extending Responsibility for Sustainability: Evolving Policies and the 'Lakes' Example by Clarkson doctoral candidate Hilary Grimes (Wednesday, January 23) will focus on extended product responsibility programs and the incentives to develop "green" consumer products.

Ethical Obligations in a Tragedy of the Commons by St. Lawrence University Associate Professor of Philosophy Baylor Johnson (Wednesday, January 30) will look at the ethical implications of and responses to the overuse of shared resources.

Conservation of Wetland Habitat for Reptiles and Amphibians in the Northeastern United States by SUNY-ESF Assistant Professor James Gibbs (Wednesday, February 13) will outline the biological issues that underpin wetland protection efforts.

Will the NAFTA Environmental Side Agreement Survive? by Chantal Carpentier, a program manager at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (Monday, February 18), will examine the structure and future viability of the recent agreement.

Environmentalist and entrepreneur Paul Hawken will deliver the spring series' final lecture on Friday, April 26, at 5 p.m. at Clarkson's downtown Snell Hall Auditorium. The topic, "Natural Capitalism," is based on his co-authored best-selling book by the same name, and looks at corporate reform with respect to ecological practices.

For more information on the lecture series or on other Clarkson sustainability programs, please visit their Web site at or contact the Center for Environmental Management at 315-268-3856.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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