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EDUCATING LEADERS FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL CENTURY-PRESIDENT OF UNITY COLLEGE

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ENVISION THIS:  Sustainability has to be THE mission of education across the curriculum.

Our guest, Dr. Stephen Mulkey is president of Unity College, the first college in the U.S. to divest from investments in fossil fuels. Through his leadership the college developed its central focus on sustainability science, the leading-edge of transdisciplinary 21st century environmental problem solving. A climate change scientist with study and publishing spanning over three decades, he has pursued research in Eastern Amazonia, Central Panama, and East Africa. He holds a bachelor's degree in fisheries and wildlife, a master's degree in ecology, and earned his doctorate's degree in ecology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Stephen left his position as a climate change scientist to become Unity College president because he was so impressed with its mission: “Through the framework of sustainability science, Unity College provides a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Through experiential and collaborative learning, our graduates emerge as responsible citizens, environmental stewards, and visionary leaders.” Unity is the first American college to create a passive powered residence hall for students, Terra Haus, that meets European standards.

 Merry and Burl, your ENVISION THIS co-hosts, heard Stephen’s Keynote Address at the 2014 Climate Solutions Expo & Summit in Augusta.  We were so impressed with his profound ethical commitment to preparing our youth to become leaders in mitigating and adapting to climate change that we have invited him to share his vision, mission, and passion with you.

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