Oswego to join Focus the Nation global warming symposium

SUNY Oswego will be one of more than 1,100 institutions participating in Focus the Nation, a national global warming teach-in and symposium on Jan. 31.

Focus the Nation aims to create dialogue and connect students and communities directly with local, state and federal decision-makers in discussion about climate change.

The day’s comprehensive agenda at Oswego will include an address by SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley; a keynote speaker, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus Peter Black of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry; a panel discussion of the science behind global warming and its impacts; a panel highlighting SUNY Oswego’s own green programs and projects; and a town hall meeting with state and local government representatives.

At 3:45 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium, Stanley will address the community and introduce the keynote speaker. Black, a professor of water and related land resources, has taught and conducted research at ESF since 1965. A regularly featured commentator on WRVO public radio through his “Water Drops” program, he will discuss “Natural Resources’ Universal Pattern and Sustainability.”

The college’s Auxiliary Services will highlight environmentally friendly menu items at dining facilities that day. There will be a poster display and other information on view explaining the challenge of climate change.

Local activities of Focus the Nation are sponsored by SUNY Oswego and its Civic Engagement Coalition. All events are free and open to the campus and community. For the most updated schedule, visit www.oswego.edu/academics/opportunities/civic_engagement/focusthenation.html.

For more information, contact Thad Mantaro, SUNY Oswego’s civic engagement coordinator, at 312-5648 or tmantaro@oswego.edu.

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CONTACT: Thad Mantaro, 312-5648 or tmantaro@oswego.edu

(Posted: Jan 22, 2008)