U of M experts available to discuss Earth Day and ways to live a greener lifestyle
April 18, 2012
This Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day, a day when the health of the planet is put center stage and supporters rally behind environmentally friendly initiatives. But how can we live greener lifestyles and make every day Earth Day? University of Minnesota experts who can offer insights and advice include:
- Lewis Gilbert, managing director of the Institute on the Environment – Gilbert can speak about the importance of Earth Day as well as the wide range of research the University of Minnesota is doing to protect the environment and create a more sustainable future.
- John Sheehan, science director, Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment – Sheehan is an expert on renewable energy and can speak to emerging technologies as well as challenges and opportunities associated with various energy options.
- Marc Hillmyer, Institute on the Environment resident fellow, professor of chemistry and director of the university’s Center for Sustainable Polymers in the College of Science and Engineering – Hillmyer’s work revolves around the idea of “green chemistry,” the idea that we can help minimize environmental problems by being strategic about how we design, make and use various chemical compounds.
- Sarah Hobbie, Institute on the Environment resident fellow and associate professor of ecology, evolution and behavior in the College of Biological Sciences – Hobbie is an expert on how humans impact urban ecosystems and can give tips on how to live in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle.
- John Carmody, Institute on the Environment resident fellow and director of the Center for Sustainable Building Research in the College of Design – Carmody, an expert in sustainable buildings, can discuss how to improve energy efficiency in homes as well as the latest innovations in energy efficiency in new architecture.
To interview one of these experts, contact Kristin Anderson in the University News Service, (612) 624-5551.
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