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Environmentalist and Entrepreneur Hawken to Give Talk at State Theatre

by on November 14, 2017 12:01 PM

Environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist Paul Hawken will deliver the keynote address for Penn State's Colloquium on the Environment at 5 p.m. today (Nov. 14) at The State Theatre.

The talk will be based on Hawken's latest book "Drawdown, The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming." A reception featuring a book signing in Hintz Family Alumni Center will immediately follow his presentation.

Hawken has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. He is a sustainability thought leader who has spoken for the U.S. Forest Service, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce, and several other organizations and government agencies around the globe.

"Paul Hawken has been at the forefront of business and the environment for decades,” said Tom Richard, director of Penn State's Institutes of Energy and the Environment. “His current leadership of Project Drawdown, supporting strategies to reduce atmospheric CO2concentrations, represents a solution-based approach that is both inspiring and essential."

An influential voices in the environmental movement, Hawken is known for being a lifelong business innovator. His work includes establishing successful environmentally conscious businesses and writing about the impact of commerce on the environment.

Among Hawken’s entrepreneurial successes is Erewhon Trading Company, one of the first natural food companies in the U.S. that relied on sustainable agriculture methods. His other businesses include Smith & Hawken, a retail company that was sold to Target in 2005, and OneSun solar, a company focused on economical solar energy.

Hawken has published seven books, four of which were national best-sellers.

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