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BHSU to host 2009 Visions of Sustainability Speaker Series

As a part of Black Hills State University’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, BHSU is hosting a sustainability speaker series next week. People for the Ethical Treatment of the Environment (P.E.T.E), a student organization at BHSU, is holding the BHSU Visions of Sustainability Speaker Series for 2009 Sept. 21-25. Topics will be presented on ideas crucial to developing sustainability.

The following is a schedule of events:

• Monday Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Hall room 204: Why Sustainability? Why Now?
Dr. Andy Johnson, associate director of the Center for Advancement of Math & Science Education, will offer an overview of the question of sustainability.

• Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Hall room 202: Lakota Sustainability and Cultural Mapping
Rosalie Little Thunder will speak on ways that the Lakota people lived sustainably, and on cultural mapping.

• Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. in Jonas 206: Sustainability Efforts in Spearfish and Sustainable Building Practices
Josh Krueger of Hills Horizon will talk about local efforts to improve the sustainability of Spearfish and local communities.

• Thursday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. in Jonas 206: Energy Conservation Through Recycling
Jerry Wright of the Rapid City recycling program will talk about the connections between recycling and energy conservation.

• Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Hall room 204: The Transition Movement - Meeting the Twin Problems of Climate Change and Peak Oil
Dr. Karl Schmidt of South Dakota State University will talk about a grassroots movement that has the goal of shifting our current unsustainable culture to one that is sustainable.

• Friday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Hall room 127: Permaculture - Permanent Agriculture and Fitting In With Nature
Dr. Karl Schmidt of SDSU will introduce permaculture, the method of permanent agriculture that draws together landscape and people, providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Andy Johnson at 605-642-6508 or

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