Armenian Environmental Network Inaugural Event

Sunday, January 27, 2013
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
McLaren Conference Center 250 - Venue
Event Type
Events and Lectures
Foreman, Shannon Nicole
Environmental Science


AEN Inaugural Event at USF


Date: Sunday, January 27, 2013.

Time: 6:00 pm 




The event will be hosted by the Armenian Environmental Network (AEN), and sponsored by the USF Sustainability Committee, as well as the USF Environmental Science Department. Members of the local Armenian community, as well as the USF community are invited to attend.




The purpose of this event is to inform the Bay Area community about AEN’s new San Francisco chapter, spread awareness about environmental issues in Armenia, and encourage members of both the USF and San Francisco communities to get involved in AEN’s work. AEN is a project of the Earth Island Institute.  For more information, please visit:


The event will begin at 6 pm. Presentations will take about an hour and a half, followed by a reception with food and live music.


List of Speakers:

1. Tom MacDonald, Prof Environmental Science, USF
2. Areg Gharabegian, PE and principal engineer at Parson's, contributed to post-Soviet environmental regulations in Armenia
3. Ursula Kazarian, President and Founder of the Armenian Environmental Network (AEN)
4. Jerry Manoukian, MD. President of the Armenian Medical International Committee.
5. Lilit Markosian, USF student with months of hands-on experience working in Armenia on environmental projects.



Environmental challenges face us not only in San Francisco and the United States, but in all areas of the world.  These challenges can result in negative social and economic repercussions.  This event highlights one area of the world that is often overlooked and can provide useful lessons for moving toward improved sustainability: Armenia.  The Armenian Environmental Network (AEN) chapter in San Francisco aims to harness existing expertise and understanding to help move that part of the world onto a more sustainable course.  This effort is in line with the University’s Mission Statement, in that it aims to “to provide leadership in developing a more sustainable way of living” and provides an opportunity for USF students and faculty to work with the greater San Francisco community to educate “minds and hearts to change the world”.  By launching the San Francisco chapter of the AEN, this event can help “[shape] the leaders of a more sustainable and just world for the future, and by building partnerships locally and globally that can help transfer a culture of sustainability beyond the campus”.


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