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E-M:/ UN Deacde of Education for Sustainable Development Speaker series begins MOnday

Monday September 29th at 7:30 pm, Ritu Primlani, founder and executive director of the Thimmakka Institute www.thimmakka.org will kick off the 8th consecutive semester of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development speaker series at Michigan State University.


Her talk, “Building Wealth and Wellness into Communities”, will take place in 105 S. Kedzie Hall and is free and open to the public.


Ms. Primlani is the winner of the Volvo for Life Award and an upcoming keynote speaker at the 19th annual Bioneers Conference in October. She has designed and implemented a program of comprehensive environmental outreach to restaurants, called Thimmakka Certified Green Restaurants (TCGR). She is a global social entrepreneur, working toward solving environmental problems at the root, and specializing in critiquing and assisting nation-wide infrastructures that promote environmentalism and social equity.

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, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Leo Gerard and many other notable scholars, activists, and leaders. This semester’s series is supported by numerous campus groups including the Residential College for Arts and Humanities.


Other speakers in the series this fall:


October 22, 7:30pm, MSU Auditorium,  Richard Louv, author of “Last Child in the Woods”  http://richardlouv.com/ will speak on the same topic. This event is has been organized and sponsored by the Kalamazoo Nature Center and is part of a catalyzing event for a statewide “No Child Left Inside” educational effort. You must have a ticket to attend. Tickets are free of charge and available at MSU’s Wharton Center


October 28, 7:30pm, 107 S. Kedzie, Thomas Princen, http://www.snre.umich.edu/profile/tprincen author of “The Logic of Sufficiency” and professor in UM’s School of Natural Resources will speak on “Consumption, Sufficiency, and the Principles of Sustainability”.



 All Good Things,


Terry Link, Director

Campus Sustainability

112 Olds Hall

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 48824






One planet, one family, one future