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Earth Month at DU peaks with Friday’s sustainability summit

Environmental author Auden Schendler and nationally known Colorado landscape photographer John Fielder will headline this year’s University of Denver Earth Day Summit on April 20.

Sponsored by DU’s Sustainability Council and Environmental Team and the Institute for Public Policy, the free event will include breakout sessions with Tom McGee, DU’s energy engineer; Professor Michael Kerwin; Professor Michael Harris, who directs the Sturm College of Law Environmental Law Clinic; and Thomas Walker, program director at the Center for Multicultural Excellence.

A second round of breakouts will include sessions with Jonathan Miller, policy, regulatory and outreach associate at the Governor’s Energy Office; Chad Riley of the nonprofit Living City Block; and Jake Sager, a Daniels College of Business student and president and founder of Global CafeNation, a fair trade coffee importer dedicated to improving the lives of coffee farmers in Tanzania.

Schendler, vice president of sustainability at the Aspen Skiing Co. and author of Getting Green Done: Hard Truths From the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution, will be the keynote lunchtime speaker. Fielder, who has traveled thousands of miles across Colorado in his quest for photographs that spotlight the state’s natural beauty, will speak at 10 a.m. Examples of Fielder’s work adorn many of the walls in the Driscoll Center.

Activities will take place from 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the events hall at the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management in the Joy Burns Center, followed by a mixer in the Renaissance Room in the Mary Reed Building. Registration information and the day’s schedule is available online.


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