Andy Lipkis to Speak on Campus April 21
Andy Lipkis, founder and president of TreePeople and one of the country’s preeminent leaders in the environmental movement, will speak on the Occidental College campus on Tuesday, April 21 as the inaugural Antoinette and Vincent Dungan Lecturer on Energy and the Environment.
Lipkis will speak on “Adapting Los Angeles for a Resilient, Climate-Safe Future: Engaging Nature and Community” from 12 Noon to 1 p.m. in Johnson 200.
“Right now, every piece of land in our city is extracting from the environment -- taking energy and water and generating trash and pollution,” Lipkis says. “Instead of overtaxing the land, our basic life support system, we can transform even the most urbanized areas of our city to be restorative and productive, resilient and climate-safe. We can choose to start taking action today.”
Founded in 1973, TreePeople is a nonprofit organization that offers sustainable solutions to urban ecosystem problems, focusing on three areas: training and supporting communities to plant and care for trees; educating schoolchildren and adults about the environment; and working with government agencies on critical water issues.
The Antoinette and Vincent Dungan Lectureship on Energy and the Environment was established by Occidental alumna Louise Edgerton ’67 and her husband Bradford Edgerton in honor of her parents. The Edgerton Foundation is interested in exploring new ideas to deal with one of our most pressing environmental issues: how to utilize energy wisely while preventing damage to the environment and climate. The foundation believes there is a crucial role for leading colleges to contribute to the debate, drawing from disciplines including atmospheric chemistry, biology, ecology, engineering, economics, and political science.
The Dungan Lectureship is envisioned as an opportunity for leading experts on the environment to lead dialogues with the larger Occidental community as well as participate in meaningful discussions with smaller groups of faculty and students.