Focus the U on Sustainability Week

FocustheU_bannerInnovative Sustainability Symposium asks attendees to look for creativity, beauty in sustainability 

The University’s commitment to sustainability will be celebrated during the 2013 Focus the U on Sustainability Week, Feb. 19-22, which also marks the 5th anniversary of the Office of Sustainability on campus. Events include a four-day teach-in; a free documentary screening on Feb. 20 of the film Watershed, which focuses on concerns for the Colorado River; and a daylong Innovative Sustainability Symposium on Feb. 21. The symposium will feature a report on the State of Sustainability at the U by Myron Willson, director of the Office of Sustainability, with special guest President David Pershing. A Call for Innovation panel discussion with U students will be moderated by Stephen Goldsmith, an associate professor in the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning in the College of Architecture + Planning. The keynote address, titled A Sustainable World Already Exists: Biomimicry and the Quest to Solve Global Challenges, will be presented by Janine Benyus, a natural sciences writer who graduated from Rutgers University with degrees in natural resource management and English literature and writing. Hear her TED talk on 12 sustainable design ideas from nature here. The symposium will culminate with a creative collaboration session discussing the topic: If you had $10,000 to make the U more sustainable, what would you do?

For more information on Sustainability Week, contact Ayrel Clark (801-581-7506, cell: 515-491-1210) or check the website.

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