Sustainability Expert to Speak at MCCC Sept. 23


WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - Kicking off Mercer County Community College's Fall 2008 Distinguished Lecture Series, John Cusack, executive director of the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJHEPS), will address the need for adopting environmental sustainability practices and principles to keep colleges on a progressive course for the 21st century. The talk takes place at noon on Tuesday, September 23 at 12 noon in Room 107 of the Communications Building on the West Windsor Campus. It is free and open to the public.

"Mercer's sustainability committee is excited to have John Cusack speak on campus," said Laura Blinderman, associate professor of biology at Mercer. "Students and other attendees will benefit from the connections Mr. Cusack makes between issues of environmental sustainability, higher education, business, and our everyday lives."

Cusack leads a consortium of 47 New Jersey colleges and universities encouraging and facilitating sustainability concepts in higher education. While under his direction, NJHEPS was presented with the prestigious U.S. E.P.A. Environmental Quality Award in April 2007. Cusack is also president of Gifford Park Associates, a consulting firm specializing in the relationships between environmental and financial performance. For 14 years he served as a senior executive and corporate staff member at Asea Brown Boveri and Combustion Engineering. He has guest lectured on energy and environmental finance/risk issues at colleges and universities and testified at a congressional briefing on climate change.

Cusack, who presently teaches an environmental finance course as an adjunct professor at the Iona College Hagan School of Business, earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College, and an MBA from the Stern School of New York University.

To learn more about this and other upcoming lectures at Mercer County Community College, click here, or call 609-570-3324.

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