Lecture Explores State’s Impact on Global Warming

The University of Scranton’s newest and most environmentally friendly building will be the site of a Sustainability lecture that is linked to a national initiative on global warming.

“The Climate Change Roadmap for Pennsylvania” will be the topic of discussion at a February 13 lecture by Brian J. Hill, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and Nancy Cole, Director of Climate Outreach for the Union of Concerned Scientists. Their discussions will focus on the significant impact of the Commonwealth on global warming and will suggest a future course of action.

Hill has served as executive senior policy advisor to Governor Edward Rendell on environmental and transportation issues, and has extensive background in public policy. Cole joined UCS in 1992 and is an expert in the areas of global warming, science and policy, and renewable energy.

The University’s Sustainability Task Force is sponsoring this event as Scranton’s contribution to Focus the Nation, a national educational initiative on global warming solutions. More than1,000 symposia like the one at Scranton are being held at colleges, universities, high schools and other institutions throughout the nation.

“It is our hope that by bringing together students, faculty, staff, members of the local and regional communities with political leaders and decision-makers we will contribute to timely and well-considered choices that we will have to make in the near future at local, regional and national levels on global warming solutions,” said E. Springs Steele, Ph.D., associate provost and chair of the Sustainability Task Force at the University.

The lecture will be held at 7:00 p.m. in room 407 of the University’s Patrick and Margaret DeNaples Center, a building that has been designed and constructed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The event is open to the public and is free of charge.