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Husson University announces Earth Week schedule

Event organizer: Eric B. Gordon
Event Date & Time: April 22, 2019 10:00 am until April 25, 2019 8:30 pm
Contact email: gordoner@husson.edu
For more information: https://www.husson.edu
Kevin Bennett | Husson University
Kevin Bennett | Husson University

BANGOR–  Ecologist, paleobiologist and conservationist Dr. Jeremy Jackson will speak 7 p.m. Monday, April 22, at the Gracie Theatre, 1 College Circle, as part of of Husson University’s Earth Day celebrations. The event is free and open to the public. This is the inaugural lecture in what will be an annual sustainability lecture series.

Widely regarded as one of the leading climate researchers in the US today, Jackson’s TED talk “How we wrecked the ocean,” has been viewed more than 742,000 times. (To view the video go to https://www.ted.com/talks/jeremy_jackson.)

His upcoming talk at the Gracie Theatre will be about the environmental crisis in the United States. It will be based on his recent book, “Breakpoint: Reckoning with America’s Environmental Crisis.”

“Having a professor of Dr. Jackson’s stature speak at Husson says a lot about how our University is viewed by our academic peers,” said Nicholas Jenkins, PhD, an assistant professor at Husson University’s College of Science and Humanities. “Jackson normally speaks at much larger universities. Having him come to Husson and share the results of his research benefits both our students and the community.”

Jeremy Bradford Cook Jackson[1] is an emeritus professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a senior scientist emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution, and a visiting scientist at the American Museum of Natural History Center for Biodiversity and Conservation.[2] He studies threats and solutions to human impacts on the environment and the ecology and evolution of tropical seas. Jackson has more than 170 scientific publications and 11 books to his credit.[3] In addition, there are nearly 40,000 citations of his work listed on Google Scholar.[4]

Jackson is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[5] He received more than a dozen prizes and awards including the BBVA International Prize in Ecology and Conservation, the Paleontological Medal and the Darwin Medal of the International Society for Reef Studies.[6] Jackson’s work on the collapse of coastal ecosystems was chosen by Discover magazine as the outstanding scientific achievement of 2001.[7] His new book “Breakpoint: Reckoning with America’s Environmental Crisis”was published by Yale University Press in April 2018 and is available through Amazon.com.[8]

“Our planet is at risk. If we don’t act quickly to address climate change, our society faces a series of dire consequences. Earth Day provides us with a unique opportunity to draw attention to these issues and help students become more aware of decisions being made by our leaders and the effects they will have on the future,” said Dr. Jenkins.

Husson University – Earth Week 2019 Schedule

Monday, April 22

  • Campus Clean Up, E-WASTE/Universal Waste pickup & Oil Clean up Demonstration
    • Time: 10 a.m. til it’s clean
  • Oil Clean-up demonstration. The demonstration will be available all day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • E-Waste and Universal Waste. Electronics End will be placing large Gaylord boxes inside and around the student center. All faculty, staff and students may bring personal items from home. The boxes will be dropped off 8 a.m. Monday, April 22 and picked up 3 p.m. Friday, April 26.
  • Earth Day Cookout, 12-3 p.m. at the Campus Center. Outdoor games will be provided. Vegetarian options available.
  • 7 p.m. “Environmental Crisis in the United States,” an evening with Jeremy Jackson, Ph.D.

Tuesday, April 23

  • Round Table Climate Change Discussion, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Lower level of the Campus Center. Five faculty will speak for five minutes each about their personal reflections on the climate emergency, followed by a round table discussion including students, faculty and staff
  • 6:30 p.m. Movie Night: “Paris to Pittsburgh”, at Kominsky Auditorium

 Wednesday, April 24

  • Sustainable Crafts Fair, 6:30 p.m., Campus Center.  Learn how to construct beeswax sandwich wrappers, sugar scrub, bee homes, seed bombs, produce bags and toothpaste–no experience necessary! Supplies will be provided

Thursday, April 25

  • Open Mic night, 7 p.m., in the Campus Center. Food Provided

All Week in the Campus Center (12-2 p.m. each day)

  • Clothing Swap. Take any clothes you need, leave clothing you don’t
  • Collaborative Mural. Help memorialize Husson’s 2019 Earth Week in oil and canvas
  • Book Collection. Get rid of your old books and have them reused. Books will be sorted and sent to places around the world where they are needed
  • E-Waste Recycling. Bring your old personal electronics to campus for recycling

To help meet the increasing demand for knowledgeable environmental science professionals who can address global warming, Husson University offers a concentration in environmental sciences as part of its Bachelor of Science in biology degree. The program is designed to provide students with a strong, broad-based foundation in the natural and physical processes that affect the functioning of our planet, as well as the social and political factors that influence environmental policy and management.

The degree is ideal for anyone interested in positions with local, state and federal government agencies, private environmental organizations, or educational institutions with scientific or policy-related environmental disciplines.

Earth Day began on April 22, 1970, when millions of people protested the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development.[9] Evidence was growing that pollution led to developmental issues in children.[10] Biodiversity was in decline as a result of the heavy use of pesticides and other pollutants.[11] Today, Earth Day is a global event. It is estimated that more than 1 billion people in 192 countries take part in what is now considered the largest civic-focused day of action in the world.[12] It has become a day of political action and civic participation.[13] People march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their towns and roads.[14] For more information, visit https://www.earthday.org/about/.

Completed in October of 2009, The Gracie is Husson University’s center for the fine and performing arts. Located at 1 College Circle in Bangor, Maine, this beautiful 500-seat theatre is considered one of the state’s premier performance venues. In addition, The Gracie also serves as a learning platform for students from the New England School of Communications in digital audio; sound mixing; set design and construction; lighting; acting and electronics. Learn more at GracieTheatre.com.

For more than 120 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells, and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. According to a recent tuition and fee analysis by U.S. News & World Report, Husson University is the most affordable private college in New England. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.

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[1] Jeremy Jackson, (scientist), Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Jackson_(scientist)

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[9] “What is Earth Day, and what is it meant to accomplish?” Earth Day Network, Washington, D.C. https://www.earthday.org/earthday/, as of April 15, 2019.

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