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April 5, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Three keynote speakers highlight SRU's 'Earth Days 2013' program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Three nationally known environmental speakers will provide renewed vigor for living in balance with the natural world when they lecture April 22-26 during Slippery Rock University's monthlong "Earth Days 2013" program.

The speakers will provide perspective on Marcellus shale drilling, green energy, clean water and sustainability education.

The speakers are J. David Hughes, a geoscientist and author from Canada; Cody Lundin, star of reality television's "Dual Survivor;" and Robert Kobet, an architect and 1993 SRU graduate known internationally for his work in environmental education.

"Each of these experts brings different perspectives and insights into how we can best address climate change issues, protect our environment and leave a safe, sustainable world for our children and grandchildren to enjoy," said Paul Scanlon, SRU special assistant to the president for sustainability planning and operations.

Hughes, a geoscientist for the Post Carbon Institute, an organization working to promote a more sustainable world, will deliver a keynote address at 7 p.m. April 22 in SRU's Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium. He recently published the book "Drill, Baby, Drill!" and will speak on "Marcellus Drilling and the Energy Sustainability Dilemma: Powering the Future of a Finite World."

"He's analyzed the historical well production data on all the 'unconventional' shale gas and oil drilling wells in the U.S., then evaluates realistic future production rates, the number of wells needed to meet our future energy needs and the potential environmental risks involved," Scanlon said. "It should be an enlightening presentation filled with facts, not conjecture or hype."

Lundin will discuss sustainability, water management and self-reliance in a world of depleting resources when he visits SRU April 23. His presentation will follow the film "Blue Gold: Water Wars" that begins at 7 p.m. in the Robert Smith Student Center Theater.

In addition to his work on Dual Survival, Lundin is the founder, director and lead instructor of the Aboriginal Living Skills School, LLC in Prescott, Ariz., and an adjunct instructor in outdoor survival at Yavapai College. He lives off-the-grid in a self-designed passive solar earth home in the high-desert of Northern Arizonia.

Kobet, an award-winning advocate for green design who helped pioneer SRU's Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research, will speak on "Changing Cultures and Communities through Integrated Sustainability Education" at 12:30 p.m. in 311 Smith Center.

Kobet, a former adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University, received the first Three Rivers Award for Environmental Education and was named Pittsburgh's first Green Champion in 2005.

SRU's April 6-27 "Earth Days 2013" program will offer more than 30 activities, providing a green voice to the planet's mounting environmental challenges and encouraging everyday sustainability practice. Activities, free and open to the public, include films, guest lectures and programs in sustainability education and environmental preservation.

A complete calendar of events and description of the program activities can be found at

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