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Vassar events will join in Focus the Nation, a national discussion of climate change. Thursday, January 31, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Four campus events featuring Vassar scientists, along with environmental leaders and energy company officials from throughout the Hudson Valley, will be the college's contribution to Focus the Nation, a national day of action and teach-ins on global climate change to be held on Thursday, January 31. All events are free and open to the public.

Focus the Nation will involve over a thousand colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, community groups, and businesses across the country to inspire discussion and seek climate change solutions. The nationally coordinated effort will actually kick off the day before, on Wednesday, January 30, with a screening of "The 2% Solution", a webcast co-produced by the National Wildlife Federation and aired by the Earth Day Network. The program will include a panel discussion with Stanford climate scientist Stephen Schneider; sustainability expert L. Hunter Lovins, founder and president of Natural Capitalism; and Van Jones, Board President & Co-Founder of the Ella Baker Center in Oakland, California. [A local screening of the "The 2% Solution" will be shown at the Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center in Wappingers Falls, NY beginning at 8:00pm, (845) 831-8780, skfarm@gw.dec.state.ny.us]

Beginning at noon on January 31, Vassar will host events on "Local Solutions to Climate Change", "Global Climate Change Research, Misconceptions, and Challenges", and "Science and Technology to Address Climate Change", wrapped up at 6:00 with the keynote address "A Road Map for Hudson Valley Climate Action", by Melissa Everett of Sustainable Hudson Valley. Throughout the day, representatives of Vassar student organizations will also staff informational tables in the College Center.

The complete schedule of Focus the Nation events at Vassar will include:

Panel discussion: "Local Solutions to Climate Change"

Thursday, January 31, 2008
12:00p.m.
Rockefeller Hall, room 200
Moderator: Lucy Johnson, Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Vassar College Committee on Sustainability
Panelists: Stuart Belli, Professor of Chemistry and former Chair of the Vassar Environmental Research Institute; Wendy Burkhart-Speighel, Co-Director of the Poughkeepsie Farm Project; John Maserjian, Director of Media Relations for Central Hudson Gas & Electric; and Richard Parisio, NYSDEC Environmental Educator at the Stony Kill Environmental Education Center

Information session: "Global Climate Change Research, Misconceptions, and Challenges"

1:15p.m.
Rockefeller Hall, room 200
Speaker: Kirsten Menking, Associate Professor of Earth Science and Director of the Vassar Environmental Research Institute

Panel discussion: "Science and Technology to Address Climate Change"

2:30p.m.
Rockefeller Hall, room 200
Moderator: Lucy Johnson, Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Vassar College Committee on Sustainability
Panelists: Roger Bason, President of Natural Currents Energy Services; Marianne Begemann, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of the College; James Challey, Lecturer in Physics; and Marshall Pregnall, Associate Professor of Biology

Keynote speech: "A Road Map for Hudson Valley Climate Action"

6:30pm
Main Building, Villard Room
Melissa Everett, Executive Director of Sustainable Hudson Valley, will outline the resources and strategies provided by the Municipal Climate Protection Partnership of 12 organizations and state agencies.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, January 10, 2008