• Thursday, December 7, 2017
  • 4:00 PM–5:15 PM

Celebrate Calvin’s long history of creation care and witness President LeRoy’s signing of the Second Nature Climate Commitment. Author and sustainability champion, Mitchell Thomashow will share principles from his book “Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus."

What are the best ways to coordinate campus-wide approaches to environmental sustainability? Building on his experiences as a university president and a higher education sustainability adviser, Thomashow will discuss innovative ways to organize nine connected elements—energy, food, materials, governance, investment, wellness, curriculum, aesthetics, and interpretation. There will be special emphasis on the strengths, potentials, and possibilities for Calvin College.   

Following Thomashow’s presentation, student CEAP projects this semester will be on display in the Chapel Undercroft, along with refreshments. 

Mitchell Thomashow

Mitch Thomashow devotes his life and work to promoting ecological awareness, sustainable living, creative learning, and organizational excellence.  Currently he is engaged in teaching, writing, and executive consulting, cultivating opportunities and exchanges that transform how people engage with sustainability, ecological learning, and the arts.  He is the former President of Unity College in Maine and has served as Director of the Presidential Fellows Program at Second Nature assisting the executive leadership of colleges and universities in promoting a comprehensive sustainability agenda on their campuses. In January 2016, Thomashow accepted a Fellowship at Philanthropy Northwest, which promotes awareness of sustainability, community, and place. He now divides his time between New Hampshire and the Pacific Northwest.