Program of National Speakers Encourage the Power of Individual Acts

Program of National Speakers Encourage the Power of Individual Acts

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

Worcester, Mass.-- Engineers and scientists care about the environment too, which is why a collection of concerned students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has started a group called The Power of One to increase awareness of the environment on campus and beyond, as well as the importance of individual acts. As one of its first activities, the group has organized an Environmental Awareness Week for the week of November 18 with activities for the entire community.

During the week, The Power of One is bringing several prominent speakers to campus, including author Thom Hartmann; conservation biologist and educator Dan Perlman; and oceanographer Iain Kerr. The week's events will be capped off with the 4th Annual White Horse Native American Dance Social.

All of the events will be held at the Odeum in WPI's Campus Center. They are free and open to the public.

"As a university that requires students to explore the critical intersection of science, technology and society, WPI has a tradition of generating awareness of other communities and cultures," says Thomas J. Balistrieri, director of student development and counseling at WPI. "Our students have brought this idea home by initiating and coordinating an Environmental Awareness Week to help transform our own campus and community."

For more information about WPI's Environmental Awareness Week events and The Power of One, e-mail nseifert@wpi.edu or call (508) 831-5540.

Environmental Awareness Week Events

Monday, November 18, 7 p.m.
Lecture by Thom Hartmann
The author of "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight" and more recently "Unequal Protection," Thomas Hartmann will offer insight, hope and solutions to critical problems facing our planet and culture.

Wednesday, November 20, 7 p.m.
Lecture by Iain Kerr
Iain Kerr is the captain of the Odyssey and the director of ocean research for the Whale Conservation Institute, as well as the CEO of The Ocean Alliance.

Thursday, November 21, 7 p.m.
Lecture by Dan Perlman
Dan Perlman is a science educator for Brandeis and Harvard Universities, and is the co-developer of "Conserving Earth's Biodiversity," a CD-ROM on conservation biology. He is also the co-author of "Biodiversity: Exploring Values and Priorities in Conservation."

Saturday, November 23, 12 noon - 10:00 p.m.
4th Annual White Horse Native American Dance Social

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