BenU schedules activities designed to create environmental awareness   

BenU schedules activities designed to create environmental awareness
September 20, 2010

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094

Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University has announced a series of activities as part of its "Years for the Environment" campaign to increase awareness of environmental issues on campus and throughout neighboring communities.

The 2010-2011 school year activities include a presentation from 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20 in the Krasa Student Center, Rooms A, B and C titled "Environmental Issues as a Community and National Priority" by Robert K. Musil, Ph.D., a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Scholar and former CEO of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Musil will also present a public lecture titled "Hope for a Heated Planet? Global Warming and Citizen Power" at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 21 in Scholl Hall, Room 101.

The book, "Deep Economy," by bestselling author Bill McKibben will be the subject of a Campus Conversation from 12;20-1:20 p.m. in Birck Hall, Room 219 and from 3:00-4:15 p.m. on Friday, October 22 in the Benedictine Library. McKibben argues in his book that society must move away from "growth" as the economic ideal and toward localized "prosperity" with cities, suburbs and even regions producing more of their own food and energy.

Debra Rowe, Ph.D., professor of energy management, renewable energy technology and psychology at Oakland (Mich.) Community College and president of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, will present "Sustainability in Higher Education" at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 2 in the Krasa Center Presentation Room.

Benedictine University will also host the annual DuPage Environmental Summit on Wednesday, January 5, 2011, celebrate Earth Hour at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2011 and mark Earth Day on Thursday, April 21, 2011.

Benedictine University, which embraces the values of St. Benedict including stewardship of the earth, established "Years for the Environment" in 2008 as part of an effort to move the campus from education and conversation into action. The effort incorporates curriculum, speakers, events and community outreach.

For more information about "Years for the Environment" at Benedictine University, contact Jean-Marie Kauth, Ph.D., assistant professor in Benedictine's Humanities program, at (630) 829-6272 or by e-mail at jkauth@ben.edu.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.