WMU News

Expert describes environmentally sustainable campus

March 11, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Christopher Uhl describes the path to an environmentally sustainable campus Tuesday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in room 1001 of Wood Hall on the campus of Western Michigan University. The event is free and open to the public.

Uhl's presentation, "Developing Ecological Consciousness: Path to a Sustainable World," will focus specifically on college campuses.

A professor of biology at Penn State University, Uhl chairs Penn State's "Green Destiny Council" and in 2004, wrote "Developing Ecological Consciousness." He is an internationally renowned pioneer in the fields of ecological literacy, campus sustainability assessment, and campus greening.

Recently, Uhl has directed his attention to the dynamics of disturbance and healing--in both ecological and social contexts--in the United States. Using the tools and perspectives of ecology, economics, political science, and ethics, his current research and teaching efforts are directed at promoting sustainable practices and ecological literacy on local and national scales and especially on university campuses.

Uhl earned hs undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1971 and a doctorate from Michigan State University in 1980.

The event is sponsored by WMU's Students for a Sustainable Earth and Environmental Studies Program.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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