Founder of Pittsburgh Sustainability Salon, Maren Cooke, to Speak on Sustainability Initiatives in Western Pa.

Posted on 4/12/2016 12:50:57 PM

Maren Cooke, founder of the Pittsburgh Sustainability Salon and board member of Transition Pittsburgh and Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP), will give a free public speech on Thursday, April 21, 5:30 p.m. at the Brown Hotel.

The IUP Sustainability Studies Program is excited to announce the final presenter in its annual speaker series. Maren Cooke will speak about sustainability initiatives in Western Pennsylvania, based on her extensive work with nonprofit organizations in our region.

You may have heard about all of the best-of lists that Pittsburgh has been landing on: most livable, most affordable, top food city, kid-friendly, newly bikeable, among others. Sadly, it’s also up there in air pollution, and, once again, our region is undergoing the boom-and-bust economics and dangerous pollution associated with energy extraction—despite the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels.

Pittsburgh is also, however, among the most resilient, most innovative, and most active in the nonprofit realm. There are countless organizations and individuals in our region doing great work to address issues of climate mitigation and adaptation, environmental health, social justice, and other necessary ingredients for sustainability. Join us for a virtual visit to many of them, to get a handle on the sustainability landscape of our region.

The event is free and open to the public. Student attendance vouchers will be provided. The event begins at 5:30 on April 21 at the Brown Hotel, 103 N 6th St. in downtown Indiana.

Please visit the Sustainability Studies program website for more information about this new minor program!