Center for Sustainability
Georgia Southern University

Seminar Series

Seminar Series

Will Allen, Pro Football Player Turned Urban Farmer

“Growing Power”

Georgia Southern University

7pm Thursday, April 2, 2015

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The Center for Sustainability invites you to attend a special presentation: “Growing Power,” A Sustainability Seminar by Will Allen – former pro basketball player turned urban farmer.

Will Allen, farmer, founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc. is recognized as a preeminent practitioner of urban agriculture in America and throughout the world. A former pro basketball player, he was awarded the McArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” in 2008 – only the second farmer ever to be so honored. In 2010, he stood with First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House to launch her “Let’s Move!” initiative to reverse childhood obesity. Time magazine named Will as one of 100 World’s Most Influential People in 2010.
Growing Power is involved in more than 70 projects and outreach programs in Milwaukee & Chicago, across the United States and throughout the world.

Allen’s presentation is a part of the Center for Sustainability’s seminar series, featuring nationally and internationally recognized leaders in sustainability since 2008. Attendance verification will be provided for students.


Mark Fenton, Wellness Week Keynote Speaker

“Healthy Communities by Design”

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 @7pm, Performing Arts Center

Mark Fenton speaks regularly on topics ranging from how to create more livable, sustainable and successful cities and towns to delivering innovative personal health and fitness programs for employees and community members. Mark frequently consults with public health, planning, and engineering agencies and private firms on creating more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly communities. He also works closely with work sites and schools to help create healthier settings and more active populations. Following are five typical formats through which he delivers his work, but will happily work within your time constraints and needs to fulfill your specific goals.

His goal is simple, to build communities that support a healthier, more physically active population, and more sustainable and enjoyable lifestyles. The pathway there, however, is very challenging. Mark Fenton is a public health, planning, and transportation consultant who is trying to help America find its way to more active and more livable cities, towns, and neighborhoods. He works with organizations and communities around the country to build environments, policies, and programs that help to create places where more people walk, bicycle, and take transit more of the time. And its not just about healthier people. Done well, active community designs lead to economically, environmentally, and socially thriving cities, towns, and rural settings where people of all ages, abilities, and incomes lead long, vibrant lives.


Richard Louv, author of Last Child in The woods and The Nature Principle
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 @ 7 pm
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 Nessmith-Lane Conference Center, Assembly Hall Auditorium 

Richard Louv is a journalist and author of eight books about the connections between family, nature and community. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder (Algonquin Books), translated into 13 languages and published in 20 countries, has stimulated an international conversation about relationships between children and nature. The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder (Algonquin Books, 2011), offers a new vision for the future, in which our lives are as immersed in the natural world as they are in technology. This future, available to all of us right now, offers better psychological, physical and spiritual health for people of every age.

In 2008, Louv was awarded the Audubon Medal, presented by the National Audubon Society. Previous recipients include Rachel Carson, E. O. Wilson and President Jimmy Carter. In 2012, Louv delivered the closing keynote at the first White House Summit on Environmental Education. Louv has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of
London, and other major publications. He has appeared on many national TV shows, including NBC’s Today Show and Nightly News, the CBS Evening News, ABC’s Good Morning America, and NPR’s Morning Edition, Fresh Air, and Talk of the Nation.

Louv’s presentation is hosted by the Center for Sustainability, in association with the Recreation & Tourism Management Program at Georgia Southern University. The seminar is a part of the Center for Sustainability’s seminar series, featuring nationally and internationally recognized leaders in sustainability since 2008. Attendance verification will be provided for students.

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