Noted Sustainability Expert Martin Johnson
To Speak at MCCC April 21


West Windsor, N.J. -- Martin Johnson, founder and president of Isles, Inc., a nationally recognized nonprofit community development and environmental organization based in Trenton, will present "Rethinking Environmentalism" at Mercer County Community College. Speaking the day before Earth Day 2010, Johnson will discuss the impact of climate change on cities and suburbs and other ecological issues facing the planet today. This free community lecture takes place on Wednesday, April 21 at 12 noon in the Communications Building, CM 109, on MCCC's West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

A graduate of Princeton University, Johnson founded Isles in 1981 with two other Princeton graduates. Isle's mission is to foster more self-reliant families in healthy, sustainable communities. Unlike conventional responses to urban problems, Isles operates a vast array of activities that recognize the interdependence of physical, economic, health, and social development strategies to address the problems of distressed communities.

Isles President Martin Johnson

Each year, the organization directly reaches more than 10,000 central New Jersey residents. Johnson oversees comprehensive programming that includes job training for at-risk youth, affordable housing development, financial literacy training, homeownership counseling, community gardening, environmental health and education, community organizing, and regional planning. Isles broadens its impact by developing easily replicated programs, assisting other community groups and institutions, and advocating for improved public policy. Read more about Isles here.

Johnson is a founding director of numerous development organizations and projects, including the New Jersey Regional Coalition, New Jersey Community Loan Fund (now New Jersey Community Capital), and Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey.

To learn about upcoming events at Mercer County Community College, click here or call 609-570-3324.

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