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Going, Going…Green

As a Hobart student, Rob Holmes ’92, who majored environmental studies, recognized the importance of green living. As founder and president of the non-profit Green Living Project, he promotes sustainability across the globe.

On Thursday, July 22, 2010, Holmes brought that awareness to New York City as Green Living Project hosted a special multi-media presentation on Central America, showcasing exciting new sustainability projects across Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. The event, presented by AFAR Magazine and hosted by Eastern Mountain Sports SoHo at 530 Broadway Avenue, featured guest speaker Ronald Sanabria, vice president of sustainable tourism for the Rainforest Alliance.

It was sponsored by Sprout Watches, a new line of eco-friendly watches by E. Gluck Corp. Alums Robert Robertaccio ’91, vice president, Armitrong Division of E. Gluck, and Erika Piik ’87, marketing coordinator for the company, contacted Holmes about teaming up to support the Green Living Project and this event.

Attendees learned about the Green Living Project’s latest efforts in marine conservation, adventure eco-lodges, voluntourism, urban sustainable tourism, geo-tourism, indigenous communities, renewable energy, responsible adventure travel and sustainable forestry. In addition, the event showcased new environmental projects across Maine, including Maine Huts & Trails’ new hut-to-hut system and Chewonki’s famous wilderness and sustainability education programs.

Green Living Project (http://www.greenlivingproject.com/), which focuses on documenting, promoting, and supporting successful and unique models of sustainability from around the world, has documented more than 50 projects across 14 countries across Latin America, Africa and North America.

Holmes is a well-known photojournalist and adventure traveler with more than 200 multi-media presentations on expeditions to more than 70 countries. Photography from Holmes’ travels was featured in the Spring 2010 issue of the Pulteney Street Survey (http://www.hws.edu/alumni/pssurvey/spring10/photo_gallery/photo_gallery.aspx).

With nearly 20 years experience within the outdoor retail and travel industries with companies such as R.E.I., E.M.S., and Trails.com, he has worked and consulted with leading international conservation organizations. He received his MBA in International Business, Environmental Management and Marketing from University of Washington in 1999. As a Hobart student, he played soccer, minored in Biology, and was a member of Sigma Chi.

To learn more about the multi-media event, visit www.greenlivingproject.com/ny10.


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