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Environment / Sustainability

'A Wild Solution to Climate Change' Sept. 9

September 2, 2010

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability is hosting Thomas Lovejoy, a Colorado State University honorary doctorate and Biodiversity Chair at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, for a presentation on "A Wild Solution to Climate" 10:30 a.m. Sept. 9.

"A Wild Solution to Climate Change"
Presented by Thomas E. Lovejoy
Thursday, Sept. 9
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Ammons Hall, Room 123

An ecologist who has worked in the Brazilian Amazon Forest since 1965, Lovejoy works on the interface of science and environmental policy.

His talk will particularly focus on how wild ecosystems are crucial to the mitigation of higher carbon dioxide levels.

“It is very exciting to have such a distinguished pioneer of biodiversity research speaking on the CSU campus,” said Diana H. Wall, director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. “His unique vision of climate change mitigation will surely spark interesting dialog.”

Renowned tropical ecologist

Lovejoy is an internationally renowned tropical ecologist and conservation biologist who has worked at the interface of science and environmental policy in the Brazilian Amazon forest since 1965. He conceived the “debt-for-nature swaps” idea and originated the Minimum Critical Size of Ecosystems Project - a joint project between the Smithsonian and Brazil’s National Institute of Amazonian Research.

He is founder of the prestigious public television series “Nature.” Additionally, Lovejoy has served as senior advisor to the president of the United Nations Foundation, as World Bank’s Chief Biodiversity Advisor and lead specialist for the Environment for the Latin American region, as assistant secretary for Environmental and External Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution, and as executive vice president of World Wildlife Fund-U.S.

A well-known spokesman for biodiversity, Lovejoy has been awarded numerous international awards including:

He chairs the Scientific and Technical Panel for the Global Environment Facility which provides funding related to the international environmental conventions. He has served on advisory councils in the Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations. Lovejoy received his bachelor and doctorate degrees from Yale University and holds many honorary doctorates, including one from Colorado State University.

About the School of Global Environmental Sustainability

A first for the state, the School of Global Environmental Sustainability is an umbrella organization that encompasses all environmental education and research at Colorado State University. The school positions CSU to address the multiple challenges to global sustainability through broad-based research, curricular programs and outreach initiatives. The school’s emphases include food security, environmental institutions and governance, sustainable communities, land and water resources, biodiversity, conservation and management, climate change and energy. This approach will capitalize on the university's historic strength in environmental research and education and will build upon the education and research that already exists within all eight colleges on campus from the Warner College of Natural Resources to the College of Business.

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