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Green Gala highlights sustainable energy solutions

March 5, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Environmentalist Majora Carter, the "Queen of Green," will speak on sustainable energy solutions at an event sponsored by Western Michigan University at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at the Kalamazoo Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites.

The event, dubbed the Green Gala, is free and open to the public and will feature Carter's address, live music, snacks and posters of environmental initiatives in Kalamazoo.

Hailing from the South Bronx in New York City, Carter travels the world in pursuit of resources to improve the quality of life in her environmentally challenged community. She founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001, and her efforts helped secure more than $20 million for the South Bronx Greenway project, which will begin construction this year.

She also has created riverfront parks and green roofs, dramatically increased the number of trees in the South Bronx, worked to remove an underused expressway in favor of positive economic development and successfully implemented one of the nation's first urban green collar job training efforts--the Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training program.

She earned the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, New York University's Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Humanitarian Service, and the National Audubon Society's Rachel Carson Award. She sits on New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's Energy and Environment Transition Team as well as the Clinton Global Initiative's Poverty Alleviation Panel.

Her speech is sponsored by Campus Concerns Committee, Honors Student Association, Students for a Sustainable Earth and the Western Student Association. For more information, contact Travis Meier at t3meier@wmich.edu or (248) 895-8771.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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