For the seventh consecutive semester, the MSU Office of Campus Sustainability and University Committee for a Sustainable Campus (UCSC) is hosting a speaker series to recognize and support the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, 2005-2014. Past speakers in the series have included Terry Tempest Williams, Tom Atlee, Vandana Shiva, Satish Kumar, Michael Shuman, David Korten and many other notable scholars, activists, and leaders.
This semester begins with Leo
Gerard, the international president of the United Steelworkers, Paper
and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service
Workers International Union, speaking on “Green Jobs: Sustaining
Employment and the Environment in the 21st Century”. His talk
will be held in the
Mr. Gerard is the son of a union
miner, and started working at Inco's nickel smelter in
Other upcoming speakers in the series include:
March 18, 2008 7;30p.m. 109 S. Kedzie, Dr. Jeffrey Nielsen “Building Democratic Communities: Education for Political Literacy”
Prof. Nielsen is a professor of philosophy, author of The Myth of Leadership(2004) and founder and director of Democracy House Project an effort to expand political leadership in communities.
Tuesday April 1, 7:30 pm, 109 S. Kedzie, Dr. Eban Goodstein, “How Today’s 20 Year Olds Will Become the Greatest Generation and Save the Planet”
Dr. Goodtein is the author of the textbook Environment and
Economics, now in it’s fifth edition (2007) as well as other books and
many articles in both scholarly journals as well as the New York Times,
Scientific American, Time and The Economist. From 2006-2008 he has led “Focus the Nation”,
a national educational initiative on global warming solutions for
Tuesday April 15th, 7:30 pm, 109 S. Kedzie, Carolyn Raffensperger , “Guardianship for Future Generations: Legal and Policy Frameworks”
Carolyn Raffensperger is Executive Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network and an environmental lawyer. She has been a leader in exploring the Precautionary Principle and policy frameworks for addressing our responsibility to future generations. She is the author of Precautionary Tools for Reshaping Environmental Policy published by M.I.T. Press (2006) and Protecting Public Health and the Environment: Implementing the Precautionary Principle, (1999). In addition
she writes the “Public Trust” column for the Environmental Law Institute's journal Environmental Forum.
This series is sponsored with the generous support of Residential Initiative for the Study of Environment, Sustainable Michigan Endowed Project, Land Policy Institute, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Social Science, Residential College of Arts and Humanities, Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, and Community Agriculture Recreation and Resource Studies.
All events are free and open to the public
Terry Link, Director
Office of Campus Sustainability
412 Olds Hall
One planet, One family, One future