Brenau offers new Public Lecture Series in Sustainability

Even though there’s no perfect definition for it, the word “sustainability” comes up in a lot of media nowadays. In short, it means preserving quality of life and ensuring that those who come after us still have a livable world.

A new series of monthly talks titled “Sense and Sustainability”, free and open to the public, is starting at Brenau University on Tuesday, October 23 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the SUB (second floor of the Tea Room). Local experts, Brenau faculty and selected students present a different topic each month.

The opening talk will touch on past environmental disasters such as Chernobyl and Love Canal. Closer to home, problems of development and water supply are evident. Acts of Nature, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and even earthquakes, have also affected our region. Avoiding these threats is one step toward a healthy life, but nutrition deserves attention in view of America’s growing obesity statistics. Contagious diseases like the swine flu, SARS, and West Nile syndrome point to the importance of understanding the nature of epidemics and preventing their spread. Ever-increasing demand for energy is accompanied by high prices paid for electricity and liquid fuels. Energy-efficient building practices and conservation methods make a great deal of sense in this setting.

The opening talk, followed by time for questions, will be presented by Dr. Rudi Kiefer, who is a professor of science and director of sustainability at Brenau. His column “Earth Sense” appears in the Gainesville Times on Sundays and online at www.gainesvilletimes.com/life.

For additional, information, contact rkiefer@brenau.edu.