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Clarkson University Announces More Speakers In Environmental Sustainability Seminar Series

Clarkson University continues its series of lectures on the topic of environmental sustainability through February and March. Four more lectures have been announced as part of the Sustainability Seminar Series and are open to the public.

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. Sustainable thinking takes a systems approach in adapting design, economics, manufacturing and policy to increase energy and material efficiencies, preserve ecosystem integrity and promote human health and happiness.

The lectures will be held at Bertrand H. Snell Hall, on the Clarkson University campus. Among the scheduled speakers and topics:

“Will the NAFTA Environmental Side Agreement Model Survive?”  Chantal Carpentier, a program manager at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, will examine the structure and future viability of the recent agreement on Monday, February 18, at 4 p.m. in Bertrand H. Snell Hall Room 177.

“Waste Recovery from Cattle and Cars.” Clarkson University Associate Professor Eric Thacher will look at new methods to recover waste and utilize it in productive ways on Wednesday, February 27, at 4 p.m. in Bertrand H. Snell Hall Room 177.

“Living Downstream.” Biologist, cancer survivor and Ms. magazine’s 1997 “Woman of the Year” Sandra Steingraber looks at environmental contamination—from DDT in human breast milk to cancers found in beluga whales of the St. Lawrence Seaway.  The lecture is scheduled for Monday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in Bertrand H. Snell Hall Room 213 (please note room and time change).

“Teaching Sustainability Issues: The Case of the Proposed Adirondack Park to Algonquin Park Biodiversity Corridor.” Clarkson University Assistant Professors Tom Langen and Rick Welsh look at how the “A2A” initiative was used as a vehicle for developing an interdisciplinary approach to teach sustainability issues. The lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, March 13, at 4 p.m. in Bertrand H. Snell Hall Room 177.

For more information on the lecture series or on other Clarkson sustainability programs, please visit the 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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