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Environmental Sustainability Activist Jim Merkel to Appear in LIU Post Provost Lecture Series


Jennifer Davidson,Director of Community Relations
Long Island University, LIU Post

Jim Merkel, an environmental sustainability author and director of the Global Living Project, will appear at LIU Post on Tuesday, March 26 as part of the Provost Distinguished Lecture Series. The public and students are invited to the lecture which will be held at 12:45 p.m. in Humanities Hall, Room 119 at the university located at 720 Northern Boulevard in Brookville.

Jim Merkel is an American author, volunteer, and engineer who moved from involvement in the military industry to pioneering in simplicity. Author of “The Global Living Handbook,”  “Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth” and featured in a documentarySimply Radical,” Merkel advocates pathways to a deeply sustainable way of living respectful of all life.

Merkel’s origins in the military industry are many -- from energy demand management and design of military systems to foreign military sales. However the Exxon Valdez disaster and the invasion of Iraq prompted him to devote his life to sustainability and world peace.

Since then, Merkel’s accomplishments have grown. He founded the Alternative Transportation Task Force in San Luis Obispo, Ca., which helped create an interconnected bike lane system throughout the city and county. He lobbied in Washington D.C. to promote wilderness legislation, peace and Native American rights.

Merkel has taught courses on wild edible and medicinal herbs, alternative construction, renewable energy, timber framing, ethical money management, ecological footprinting, bioregionalism, the Science and Practice of Sustainability and gardening for self-reliance. He initiated a "Cycling for a Sustainable Future" speaking tour that has logged over 17,000 miles delivering lectures and workshops at over 40 colleges and universities. Merkel teaches at Unity College.

He used an Earthwatch Gaia Fellowship to research efficient resource use in Kerala, India, and visited communities in the Himalayas. He is founder of the Global Living Project (GLP) in British Columbia and initiated the GLP Summer Institute.

Now in its fifth season, the Provost Distinguished Lecture Series has become one of LIU Post's most prestigious cultural offerings – an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and the community to engage with some of today's greatest minds. Established by LIU Post Provost Dr. Paul H. Forestell, the lecture series features prominent leaders and thinkers from around the world and among the LIU Post faculty who share their experiences and expertise on topics of interest to the Long Island community.

The lecture is supported with a grant by the John P. McGrath Fund of Long Island University and co-sponsored by the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at LIU Post. The campus (formerly known as the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University) is located at 720 Northern Boulevard (Route 25A) in Brookville.

For information visit or call 516-299-3500 or email Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Updated 09/14/12

Posted 09/12/2012

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