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03-19-2002

Environmentalist And Entrepreneur Paul Hawken To Speak On "natural Capitalism"

[A photo of Hawken for newspaper use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/hawken.jpg.]

Clarkson University will host internationally renowned environmentalist and best-selling author Paul Hawken on Friday, April 26. Hawken’s lecture, “Natural Capitalism,” will be presented at 5 p.m. at Clarkson’s downtown Snell Hall Auditorium and is open to the public. Admission is by free ticket only.

Free tickets for the lecture will be available after April 1 at Clarkson’s Cheel Campus Center Information Desk, the University Bookstore, the Brewer Bookstore at St. Lawrence University and at Clarkson’s Center for Environmental Management, 104 Rowley Labs.hawken

Hawken is an architect and proponent of corporate reform with respect to ecological practices. His ideas have helped transform internal corporate culture and business philosophy toward environmental restoration.

“For Paul Hawken, green economics is not an oxymoron,” says Bill Vitek, associate director for Clarkson’s Center for Environmental Management. “He has shown time and time again in his myriad publications and his own entrepreneurial endeavors that you can integrate socially and environmentally responsible business practices and retain a profitable business.”

Hawken has articulated his ideas in six books that he has authored and co-authored. His most recent, Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, is widely considered the bible of the sustainability movement and was publicly praised by former President Bill Clinton. His book Growing a Business became the basis of a 17-part PBS series.

Paul Hawken is the founder and co-founder of a number of successful, innovative businesses, including Erehwon Trading Company, a pioneer natural foods wholesaling business; Smith & Hawken, the award-winning mail order garden supply company; Metacode, a software company specializing in proprietary content management tools; and Groxis, a graphic information delivery provider for portals and search engines.

Hawken’s visit is part of Clarkson’s Sustainability Speakers series, presented by the Environmental Sustainability Initiative, a multi-year, cross-campus process that applies the emerging principles of environmental systems thinking to all aspects of campus life.

Clarkson students and faculty who are incorporating environmental sustainability issues into course projects in engineering, science, environmental policy and business will have the opportunity to meet with Hawken and discuss their initiatives. “This is a great opportunity for our students to brainstorm with a truly innovative thinker,” added Vitek.

During his visit to the North Country, Hawken will also make opening remarks at the Sustainable Energy Fair on Saturday, April 27.

For more information on Paul Hawken’s visit or campus research and projects related to environmental sustainability visit http://www.clarkson.edu/sustain or contact the Center for Environmental Management at 315-268-4420.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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