On Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, Saint Mary's College of California will host "Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America." The event, which includes a daylong Eco-Fair and evening symposium, is part of a national teach-in on climate change called Focus the Nation that will involve more than 1,000 colleges, schools, civic groups and faith organizations during the last week of January.
The Saint Mary's event will kick off from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an Eco-Fair in the Soda Center that will feature green vendors, advocacy groups and nonprofit organizations working for a sustainable future. During the Eco-Fair, a variety of films about environmental sustainability will be screened next door.
A symposium at 7 p.m. in the Soda Center culminates the Saint Mary's College Focus the Nation event with experts discussing the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change and what it will take to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2 percent over the next decade. Members of the audience will join the conversation and then be asked to vote on their top five solutions to global warming and deliver their vote to their congressional representatives. The symposium speakers will be:
â€¢ Stephen Schneider, a renowned expert on global warming, was a lead author for the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is co-director of the Center for Environmental Science and Policy and the Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University.
â€¢ Robin Bedell-Waite of Contra Costa Hazardous Materials and the Contra Costa Green Business Program.
â€¢ Dan Lashof, a senior scientist with the National Resources Defense Council's Air and Energy Program. He previously worked as an environmental scientist at the EPA, where he was the lead author on the Policy Options for Stabilizing Global Climate report to Congress.
â€¢ Rob Lucacher, senior manager for facility services and sustainability at Mervyns LLC. In his role, Rob manages facilities, energy, environmental and sustainability issues for the West Coast retailer.
For more information, go to the Focus the Nation at Saint Mary's College website
or contact Saint Mary's College School of Liberal Arts Dean Stephen Woolpert at (925) 631-4609.