Monday, April 22nd, 2013, at 8:30 AM
The Earth Day Committee and Falvey Memorial Library will be co-sponsoring a talk on fracking. It will likely feature 6 speakers.
Please join us in Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner on Monday, Apr. 22, for an event to honor the 43rd Earth Day. Faculty and invited experts will have a discussion on the economic opportunities and environmental challenges posed by natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale. The talk will include questions posed by the audience. A continental breakfast will also be served.
Following the panel discussion in Falvey, there will be several other events on campus to celebrate Earth Day, including the following:
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.—sustainability fair in lower level Connelly Center (indoors)
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.—sustainability fair farmer’s market, lower level Connelly Center (outdoors)
4:30 p.m.—Earth Day keynote address by Katerine Gajewski, director of sustainability, City of Philadelphia
These events, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library; Dining Services; the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies; Center for Peace and Justice Education; Villanova Center for Liberal Education; Maintenance and Grounds Staff; and the departments of Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geography and the Environment, and History, are free and open to the public.
- Dr. Jerry Mead, Watershed and Systems Ecology, Academy of Natural Sciences (impacts of Marcellus Shale gas extraction on streams)
- Joe Nye, Clean Water Action (non-profit organization, can address policy and regulation of hydraulic fracturing)
- Ruth McDermott-Levy, PhD, RN, Villanova University School of Nursing (co-author of American Nurses Association resolution calling for moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for human health reasons)
- Dr. Steven Goldsmith, Geologist, Villanova University (conducts research on environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing)
- Susan Phillips, Journalist, StateImpact Pennsylvania, National Public Radio, WHYY (extensive coverage of hydraulic fracturing, can address specific landowner and employee experiences, regulation and policy, economic benefits)