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Presidential Lecture Series Speaker Alison Gannet Presentations

Presidential Lecture Series Speaker Alison Gannett visited the Wright State University campus on Feb. 8–9, 2011.

Alison Gannett is a world-champion big-mountain freeskier, founder of the Save Our Snow Foundation, champion endurance mountain biker, founder of the infamous Rippin Chix Steep Camps, and an award-winning global cooling advocate.

Ski magazine named her "Ski Hero of the 2010," Skiing magazine selected her as "Green Pro Skier of the Year," and Outside magazine named her "Green All-Star of the Year," next to Leonardo DiCaprio and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In addition to tackling first ski descents in places such as Pakistan, Bhutan, Argentina, India, and North America, she photo documents glacial recession on her expeditions.

In addition to jumping off cliffs for a living, she trains hundreds of thousands worldwide on her four-step cost-saving climate change solutions framework—including businesses, schools, events, pro athletes, U.S. Congress, and Al Gore's Climate Project team. An advocate of always "walking the talk," she has reduced her carbon footprint by 75 percent, and most recently moved to an organic farm where she and her husband grow and preserve almost 100 percent of their own food, while showing others how to do the same, and continuing her exciting adventure lifestyle.

In 2006, Gannett founded the Save Our Snow Foundation, with a mission to demonstrate that solutions to climate change can be cost effective, actually increasing profitability while reducing pollution, and increasing energy security and green sector jobs while also saving our snowpack and our planet's ecosystems. According to Gannett, climate change is rapidly altering the future of outdoor sports. In order for future generations to have the same powder ski runs, kayak expeditions, Nordic ski adventures, and ski mountaineering exploits, Save Our Snow encourages people to fundamentally alter their carbon consumption patterns.

Presentations (please note: these are large files):

Alison Gannett's Global Cooling Ski Adventure Show (PDF)→

Alison Gannett's Be Green, Save Green (PDF)→

Sustainability Events

5th Annual Symposium on Sustainability in Health Care

Thursday, March 26 - WSU will be co-hosting the 5th Annual Symposium on Sustainability in Health Care at the Sharonville Convention Center. This yearly event is relevant to not only medical and nursing faculty, staff and students, but also to those involved in engineering and others with interests in sustainable design, construction and operation.

This year, SSHC will feature nationally renowned Health Care expert, Richard (Dick) Jackson, as the keynote speaker. He is a Professor at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. As a pediatrician, he has served in many leadership positions in both environmental health and infectious disease with the California Health Department, including the highest as the State Health Officer. For nine years he was Director of the Center for Disease Control's National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta and received the Presidential Distinguished Service award. In October, 2011 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. The symposium has clinical and infrastructure panels as well.

More detailed information and a registration link can be found at: http://www.heapy.com/about/upcoming-events/item/224-symposium-on-sustainability-in-health-care-sshc-15.html.

"Growing Cities" Local Food Film at the Neon Theater!

Join us May 2nd 3:00 p.m. for the screening of "Growing Cities", a film about urban farming in America. This documentary examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power local food grown in cities has to revitalize our communities and change the way we think about food and eat.


Contact Linda Ramey (Linda.Ramey@wright.edu) for details and ticket information.

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