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EDUCATING FOR SUSTAINABILITY - LECTURE SERIES

The Ecological Footprint: A Decision Tool for Facing Climate Change and Building a Sustainable Future


Wednesday, September 23, 2009
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM


Kimmel Center for University Life - Rosenthal Pavilion
60 Washington Square South, 10th Floor

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Regina Drew
regina.drew@nyu.edu
212-998-2424

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Celebrate Climate Week by joining us for a lecture by Dr. Mathis Wackernagel, Executive Director of the Global Footprint Network. 

The Educating for Sustainability lecture series is cosponsored by the NYU Sustainability Task Force and the Environmental Studies Program.

We all know nature doesn’t do bailouts. Yet this week, on September 25, humanity will have demanded all the ecological services that nature can provide this year – from filtering CO2 to producing raw materials for food. From now until December 31, we are borrowing from the future. Mathis Wackernagel, co-creator of the Ecological Footprint, will give a lecture on the numbers behind this deficit, and how action at Copenhagen can reverse this global trend. The Ecological Footprint is a resource accounting tool that measures how much nature we use compared to how much we have -- and the current ledgers are sobering.

ALL LECTURES ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  RSVPs REQUESTED.

NOTE NEW LOCATION: Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, 10th Floor, Rosenthal Pavilion. 

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Mathis Wackernagel, Ph.D.

Mathis Wackernagel, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Global Footprint Network

Mathis is co-creator of the Ecological Footprint and has worked on sustainability issues for organizations in Europe, Latin America, North America, Asia and Australia, and has lectured for community groups, governments and their agencies, NGOs, and academic audiences at more than 100 universities around the world. Mathis previously served as the director of the Sustainability Program at Redefining Progress in Oakland, California, and directed the Centre for Sustainability Studies / Centro de Estudios para la Sustentabilidad in Mexico, which he still advises. He is also an adjunct faculty at SAGE at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mathis has authored or contributed to over 50 peer-reviewed papers, numerous articles and reports and various books on sustainability that focus on the question of embracing limits and developing metrics for sustainability, including Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth; Sharing Nature’s Interest; and WWF International’s Living Planet Report. After earning a degree in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, he completed his Ph.D. in community and regional planning at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. There, as his doctoral dissertation with Professor William Rees, he created the Ecological Footprint concept. Mathis’ awards include an honorary doctorate from the University of Berne in 2007, a 2007 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, a 2006 WWF Award for Conservation Merit and the 2005 Herman Daly Award of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics.