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Center to Host Presentation by Lester Brown of Earth Policy Institute

September 25, 2008

Category: Environmental Science, Events

LestThe Center for the Environment at Catawba College will host a special presentation Nov. 10 by the founder and president of Earth Policy Institute.

Lester Brown, called "one of the world's most influential thinkers" by the Washington Post, will speak at 7 p.m. in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on the Catawba campus. Registration is required for the event. To register, contact Amanda Lanier at or (704) 637-4727.

Brown began his agricultural career growing tomatoes in southern New Jersey during high school and college. After earning a degree in agricultural science from Rutgers University in 1955, he lived six months in rural India where he learned about the food/population issue. He joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service in 1959.

In 1974 Brown founded Worldwatch Institute, the first research institute devoted to the analysis of global environmental issues. He has authored or co-authored 50 books, and his works have been translated into 40 languages.

He founded the Earth Policy Institute in 2001 to provide "a vision and a road map for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy," according to his biography. In 2001 he published Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth, which E. O. Wilson called "an instant classic." His most recent book is Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization.

Brown has received a host of awards, including 23 honorary degrees, a MacArthur Fellowship, the 1987 United Nations' Environmental Prize, and the 1989 World Wide Fund for Nature Gold Medal and the 1994 Blue Planet Prize for his "exceptional contributions to solving global environmental problems."

In recent years, he received the Presidential Medal of Italy and the Borgstrom Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry. He holds degrees from Rutgers University, the University of Maryland and Harvard University.

The event is free and open to the public. To register, contact Amanda Lanier at or (704) 637-4727.




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