January 21, 2016: Expert in sustainable campuses to speak at Capilano University, January 27

      NORTH VANCOUVER. B.C. – Campus sustainability is the focus of Dr. Mitchell Thomashow’s third book and this author, educator, environmentalist and former college president will explore the future of environmental learning and why it matters at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University on January 27, 2016. He will explain how educators and citizens alike can meet the unique environmental challenges of the coming decades. 

      Thomashow will also address campus sustainability. 

      “As a campus demonstrates the possibilities for renewable energy, local food, and recycled materials, all members of the campus community develop sustainable everyday life habits,” says Thomashow, author of The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus

      He will explore how sustainability initiatives can be coordinated across all aspects of campus life.

      “Sustainability is a top priority at Capilano University, with student-driven initiatives at the core,” says Susan Doig, Director of Facilities. “Students and the University as a whole promote environmental awareness, energy conservation and waste reduction.”

      The University’s CapUWorks/EarthWorks teams of students, staff, faculty and administration present Thomashow’s talk: The Future of Environmental Learning: Why it Matters, on January 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver. Admission is free of charge.

      Thomashow will meet and work with students, staff, faculty, administrators and leaders at Capilano University on January 27 and 28, 2016, to help further root sustainability into the University’s curriculum and practices. 

      About Capilano University
      Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sea to Sky corridor. The University offers 12 bachelor degrees and 133 programs in areas as diverse as film and animation, early childhood education and outdoor tourism. Capilano University enrols approximately 12,400 students each year. Most students, 73 per cent, study full-time.

      About Dr. Mitchell Thomashow
      Thomashow’s first two books, Ecological Identity and Bringing the Biosphere Home, significantly influenced environmental studies education. He’s the former president of Unity College in Maine. Currently, Thomashow is a Sustainability Fellow at Philanthropy Northwest in Seattle and an associate faculty member at Royal Roads University in Victoria.

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