Sustainable community development will be the topic of the evening on Monday, Dec. 10, during an on-campus speaking engagement by renowned scholar David Orr, Ph.D.
Hosted by the HWS Finger Lakes Institute at 7 p.m. in Albright Auditorium, Orr’s presentation will address issues pertaining to how colleges and universities can influence local community development, sustainability, and economies. The lecture is free and open to the public. A question and answer session will follow the 60- to 90-minute presentation.
Orr, a noted teacher, lecturer, entrepreneur and author of seven books, has a storied career that spans the fields of environmental education, green building, campus greening, ecological design, environment and politics and climate change. He is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Special Assistant to the President of Oberlin College, as well as a James Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont.
Most recently, Orr’s work has focused on sustainable community development and the improvement of local communities. These efforts have been carried out through The Oberlin Project, a strategic initiative for bolstering resilience, prosperity, and sustainability in the City of Oberlin, Ohio. The city has backed the project, along with Oberlin College and various public and private partners. Teams have been devised to focus on local issues such as education, energy, economic development, agriculture, and policy.
In addition to The Oberlin Project, Orr is a member of a two-year, $2.2 million collaborative project to prepare a climate action plan for the Obama administration. He also has lectured at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the United States and Europe. Orr also has served as trustee of various organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Institute, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and the Bioneers.