U-M will mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a Teach-In to address critical issues affecting the planet and give voice to the university’s new sustainability initiative. The Teach-In is from 9:30 a.m.-noon March 25 in the Michigan League, and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available at 9 a.m.
“Our 40th Anniversary Earth Day Teach-In provides a good example of the University of Michigan’s strong commitment to sustainability,” says Don Scavia, special counsel to the president on sustainability. “Engaging the community and building public awareness at a local level is essential for positive progress toward sustainability on a global scale.”
The event will bring together students, faculty, staff and the community to learn from experts, share ideas and inspire action.
The Teach-In will kick off with four concurrent panel discussions addressing urgent issues of sustainability: energy/climate, sustainable mobility, food/health and water/Great Lakes. Faculty and practitioners will lead the one-hour panels, and students will moderate them, with time for participant questions and discussion.
Following the panels, Scavia will lead a plenary session to extend the conversation among participants.
The Teach-In is sponsored by the Alumni Association, the Vice President for Communications, LSA, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the School of Public Health, the Graham Sustainability Institute, the Office of Campus Sustainability and Planet Blue.
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