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.
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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
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
4. Jerry Manoukian, MD. President of the Armenian Medical International
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”.