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Wofford to present Santee Cooper Lecture Series on Sustainability & Energy


Four programs to span 2009-2010 academic year, starting Sept. 10

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College and Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s state-owned utility, will present the Santee Cooper Lecture Series on Sustainability & Energy beginning on Thursday, Sept. 10, at Opening Convocation to mark the beginning of the college’s academic year.

Christine Ervin, former president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council, will speak on “Inventing Our Sustainable Future.” The program will begin at 11 a.m. in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building.

Three other programs are planned for the 2009-2010 session:

Thursday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m., Leonard Auditorium, with John Doggett, “Sustainability and Energy”
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at 7:30 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, with Barry Lopez, “Sustainability and Justice”
Tuesday and Wednesday, March 16 and 17, 2010, “The Dam Symposium: Small Scale Dams & Hydro From Three Perspectives,” featuring John Seebech, director of Hydropower Reform Initiative, American Rivers; Ginger Strand, author of “Inventing Niagara;” and Dr. Dave Hargett, principal and senior consultant with the environmental consultancy HRI. Tuesday’s program will be at 7:30 p.m. in Leonard Auditorium. Wednesday will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at Wofford’s Environmental Studies Center at Glendale Shoals.

All programs are free and open to the public.

“This is an exciting time to address problems, issues, and values associated with energy and sustainability,” says John Lane, director of the Environmental Studies Center as well as an associate professor of English. “Through this lecture series Santee Cooper provides the Wofford community and the Spartanburg community with a powerful forum for meetings and discussions with some of the leading thinkers in the world on these issues.”

“Energy policy opportunities and challenges are at the forefront of South Carolinians’ minds. This robust collaboration between academia and public power will foster critical thinking, innovative dialogue and enhanced value to the state,” says Lonnie Carter, president and CEO of Santee Cooper. “For Santee Cooper, protection and improvement of our environment are equal in importance to providing affordable energy.”

Here are descriptions of the programs:

/uploadedImages/newsroom/newsImagesPhotos/ervinChristine_300dpi.jpgThursday, Sept. 10, 2009
11 a.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
Guest Speaker, Christine Ervin: “Inventing Our Sustainable Future”

In the first program, Christine Ervin will explore trends that are converging in unprecedented and sometimes alarming ways. Those same drivers, however, are also fueling waves of innovation in the historically slow-to-innovate energy and building sectors – the very sectors that will play starring roles in a new sustainable economy.

As the president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council, Ervin led its growth from 200 members and three staff in 1999 to become a highly influential coalition of nearly 5,000 companies and organizations, 50 staff, and 70 local chapters and affiliates. Over her five-year tenure, the Council launched the LEED green building rating system – the nation’s de facto voluntary green building standard – and the Greenbuild international conference and expo. She was appointed by President Clinton to serve as assistant secretary of energy for the $1 billion portfolio of clean energy programs in transportation, buildings and industry. Initiatives included the EPA-DOE ENERGY STAR partnership and the Million Solar Roofs program. Ervin also directed the Oregon Department of Energy.


/uploadedImages/newsroom/newsImagesPhotos/doggettJohn_300dpi.jpgThursday, Nov. 12, 2009
11 a.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
Guest Speaker, John Doggett: “Sustainability and Energy”

John Doggett will look at sustainability through an “energy lens.” It will help students see the connection between energy and agribusiness, water use, the construction of buildings and the disposal of waste. We will look at how the conversation about fuel efficiency, alternative energy and greenhouse gas emissions are all energy and sustainability issues. We also will look at how new energy technologies can have a significant impact in helping to make businesses more sustainable.

Doggett, a senior lecturer in the Department of Management and Sustainability at the University of Texas-Austin, was presented with the Outstanding Professor Award from Texas Executive MBA students. The students selected one professor from the program who has made a lasting impact in their education at McCombs. Doggett teaches courses on global competition, entrepreneurship and sustainability. He also teaches seminars in Asia, Europe and Latin America. He was a legal aid lawyer for seven years and also has started two companies. Doggett spent the past 25 years helping companies and countries all over the world develop strategies to become more competitive.


/uploadedImages/newsroom/newsImagesPhotos/lopezBarry_300dpi.jpgTuesday, Feb. 9, 2010
7 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
Guest Speaker, Barry Lopez: “Sustainability and Justice”

Barry Lopez is the author of “Arctic Dreams,” for which he received the National Book Award; “Of Wolves and Men,” a National Book Award finalist for which he received the John Burroughs and Christopher medals; and eight works of fiction, including “Light Action in the Caribbean,” “Field Notes,” and “Resistance.” His essays are collected in two books, “Crossing Open Ground” and “About This Life.” He contributes regularly to Granta, The Georgia Review, Orion, Outside, The Paris Review, Manoa and other publications in the United States and abroad. His most recent book is “Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape,” a reader’s dictionary of regional landscape terms, which he edited with Debra Gwartney. In 2003, Lopez was appointed Texas Tech University’s first Visiting Distinguished Scholar, a position that formally recognized a variety of projects he had been working on at the university for two years. In 2001, he and E.O. Wilson, the Harvard biologist, designed a new undergraduate major for TTU’s Honors College. It combined study in the sciences and humanities into a single degree program, the B.A. in Natural History & the Humanities.


Tuesday, March 16, and Wednesday, March 17, 2010
“The Dam Symposium: Small-Scale Dams & Hydro From Three Perspectives”
(Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Leonard Auditorium; Wednesday, 2-4 p.m., Environmental Studies Center at Glendale Shoals)

Three experts on dams and small hydro will convene at Wofford College and the Environmental Studies Center at Glendale Shoals for a public discussion of the role on small-scale hydro in our energy future. The speakers will offer perspectives from the humanities, social sciences, and science. The speakers are John Seebech, director of Hydropower Reform Initiative, American Rivers; Ginger Strand, author of “Inventing Niagara;” and Dr. Dave Hargett, principal and senior consultant with the environmental consultancy HRI.

John Seebach
John Seebach works to reduce the harm that hydropower dams cause to fish, wildlife, recreation, and the local communities that depend on these resources to survive and thrive. He is the chair of the Hydropower Reform Coalition. Seebach came back to American Rivers in June 2007 from the Hydropower Reform Coalition, where he had served as national coordinator since January 2005. Previously, he worked as a grant writer for American Rivers, an English teacher, an interpreter, a policy analyst, and a raft guide. A Kentucky native, Seebach has been an avid hiker, canoeist and kayaker for as long as he can remember.

Ginger Strand
Ginger Strand grew up in Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan, but mostly on a farm in Michigan. She has published essays and fiction in many places, including Harper’s, The Gettysburg Review, The New England Review, and Orion, where she is a contributing editor. A former fellow in the Behrman Center for the Humanities at Princeton, she lives in New York City. Strand’s book, “Inventing Niagara,” traces the course of natural wonder in America, illuminating what the falls have to tell us about our history, our environment, and ourselves. In a recent issue of Orion Strand wrote about small-hydro projects in New England. She is “obsessed with hydroinfrastructure,” and therefore is perfect panelist for The Dam Symposium.

Dr. Dave Hargett
Dr. Dave Hargett is principal and senior consultant with the environmental consultancy HRI, based in Greer, S.C. He has served as a researcher, policy analyst, consultant, senior executive, and principal with several national consultancies. He has extensive experience in servicing federal, state, and local government agencies, industrial clients, law firms, development clients, non-profit organizations, and research consortia. Hargett is an independent environmental consultant providing technical services in the areas of water resources management, watershed and stream restoration, contaminated site remediation, brownfields and due diligence assessment, environmental permitting, and environmental stewardship. He serves as a senior scholar with the Strom Thurmond Institute of Government and Public Affairs, and the South Carolina Water Resources Center, both at Clemson University.