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Sustainability Expert to Speak at Susquehanna University

Published on October 28, 2010

SELINSGROVE—As this year’s Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, Anthony Cortese, an internationally renowned expert on sustainability, will deliver a free public lecture Nov. 9 at Susquehanna University. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall, in the university’s Cunningham Center for Music and Art. 

Cortese is president and cofounder, with Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz, of Second Nature, a nonprofit organization with a mission to develop the national capacity to make healthy, just and sustainable action a foundation of all learning and practice in higher education. He is also a co-organizer of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and cofounder of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.  He is cofounder and co-coordinator of the Higher Education Association Sustainability Consortium and a consultant to higher education, industry and nonprofit organizations on the institutionalization of sustainability principles and programs.  
During his extended stay on campus, Cortese will conduct classes, seminars, workshops and lectures, and will meet with students and faculty members informally to share his practical knowledge in the area of sustainability.  

“Dr. Cortese will be a perfect fit for Susquehanna University,” said Carl O. Moses, university provost. “Our students will have a chance to meet a world-class environmental educator with a deep knowledge of sustainability, helping to create better understanding and new connections between the academic and nonacademic worlds. We’re delighted that Dr. Cortese will also have time to get to know our campus and to explore in depth how the classroom and campus relate to the broader society.”

Cortese was formerly commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and was the first dean of environmental programs at Tufts University. He founded the award-winning Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute in 1989, which helped integrate environmental and sustainability perspectives in more than 175 courses. He also organized the effort that resulted in the internationally acclaimed Talloires Declaration of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future in 1990, now signed by more than 365 presidents and chancellors in more than 50 countries.  

Cortese has Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Tufts University in civil and environmental engineering, a Doctor of Science in environmental health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and an honorary Doctor of Philosophy from Allegheny College.  

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C., brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures and informal discussions. For 35 years, the Visiting Fellows have been introducing students and faculty members at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community and achievement. For more information, visit CIC’s website at http://www.cic.edu/visitingfellows.

Karen M. Jones


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