Bill McKibben

Brooklyn, N.Y., April 18 –– Kingsborough Community College (KCC), Brooklyn’s only community college, has announced that it will host its seventh annual Eco-Festival, April 25-27, 2012. The theme is “Our Earth Community: What is My Role?” The three-day event is free and open to the public. The opening session begins at 9:10 a.m., Wednesday, April 25.

Eco-Festival, the winner of the 2008 CUNY Sustainability Award for environmental education and advocacy, is designed to provide a unique opportunity for students, faculty, staff and members of the Brooklyn community to gather, under a common banner, and engage in a dialogue centered on environmental problems and challenges faced globally at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Eco-Festival will be held in the college’s Performing Arts Center and other near-by locations.  The college is located at 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. 

 “We are pleased to present our seventh Eco-Festival at KCC.  It is a great opportunity to increase public awareness and inspire meaningful action regarding the serious environmental problems we face as a society,” said Dr. Regina Peruggi, president of KCC.  “An environmentally centered dialogue among students, faculty, environmental experts and members of the community is fundamental to changing our environmental course.”

The keynote speakers for the opening session on Thursday, April 26, are Bill McKibben and Erich Pica. McKibben is the author of many books, from The End of Nature (1989), the first major book on what was then called the “Greenhouse Effect,” to Deep Economy (2007) and Earth (2011). Called by Time Magazine “the planet’s best green journalist,” he is also the creator of, “a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis.” Pica is president of Friends of the Earth, an environmental advocacy organization. Named by Washington Life Magazine as one of Washington’s “green city leaders,” he is a nationally recognized expert on energy subsidies who for more than a decade has worked to reform U.S. tax and budget policy in ways that reduce pollution and spark a transition to clean energy.

The goals of Eco-Festival are to raise ecological literacy, foster global citizenship, promote meaningful dialogue about environmental issues and inspire environmental action and stewardship. For program information, please visit  The 2012 Eco-Festival is sponsored, in part, by Con Edison, National Grid and The New York Times.

 About Kingsborough Community College:

 Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn’s only community college, is located on a 70-acre campus in Manhattan Beach, on the southern tip of Brooklyn. The breathtaking campus overlooks three bodies of water:  Sheepshead Bay, Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.  It serves approximately thirty thousand students per year, offering a wide range of credit and non-credit courses in the liberal arts, career education, and specialized programs. 

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