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Discussion Series at Moravian to Focus on Ecological Sustainability

Bethlehem, Pa., April 2, 2007— In a lead-up to Earth Day on April 22, the Moravian College Environmental Coalition will present a series of 4 discussions titled “Let’s Talk Green….”  The talks will feature local people facilitating dialogues on ecological sustainability. Earth Day is a name used by two different observances held annually in the northern spring, both intended to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth's environment.

The series will begin with a discussion lead by Jason Slipp and Dan Hunter, co-founders of Lehigh Valley Beyond Oil, who will present “Passing the Peak: Relocalizing Ourselves into Oil-Less Living” on Tuesday, April 3, at 7:30  in the Synder room, located in the Haupert Union Building. Slipp, an instructional technologist at Lehigh University, will lead a lively discussion regarding the history, current state, and bleak future of America’s oil addiction. Slipp’s areas of focus include campus sustainability, peak oil, localism, and biodiesel, which he has been homebrewing in his garage for the past 2 years.  He will be joined by Hunter who is a student, activist, and farm hand.

Stephen Hoog will present, “Compost to Curriculum: Ways to ‘Green’ Campuses” on Tuesday, April 10, at 7:30 in the UBC Room. Hoog, a resident of the Lehigh Valley who works throughout the community promoting sustainable practices, leads workshops and educational events in conjunction with the Alliance for Sustainable Communities of the Lehigh Valley.  His areas of expertise include permaculture, local foods, and community gardens. Hoog will outline steps institutions of higher education can take in response to issues such as global warming and peak oil. He will address the specific initiatives that colleges, like Moravian, can undertake to achieve sustainability, including community and rooftop gardens, buying local and organic food, composting, and permaculture.

Sigi Koko, founder of Down to Earth Design, will present “Green Buildings,” on Monday, April 16th, focusing on how buildings can reduce the use of energy, water, and resources while maintaining excellent ecological and human health.  Down to Earth Design is a building design and consulting group who is pioneering the idea of sustainable "Green Buildings" across the United States.  Koko’s talk will held in the Mellon Lecture Hall, Collier Hall of Science at 7:30 p.m.

The Series will conclude with a talk by Hilde Binford, who will discuss her involvement with “The Climate Project,” on Tuesday, April 24 in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex, Room 102. Binford, a Moravian College music professor, has recently returned from Nashville, Tennessee, where she spent three days training with Al Gore on the issue of global warming. She was one of 200 selected from thousands for the January training. She also developed and taught the course “The Impact of Technology on Diet and Disease” at Moravian College.

The program is free-of-charge and the public is welcome. Co-sponsors to all dialogues include, Environmental Studies Program, Vegan/Vegetarian Club, Tri-Beta, Domino Effect, and Alpha Sigma Alpha.