Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790


Presentation, Based on "An Inconvenient Truth," and Panel will be Open to the Public


Allentown, PA (April 5, 2007) - The issue of global warming and what human beings can do to slow its effects on our planet has become the topic of heated debate in recent months.  In an effort to promote education about this issue, as well as stimulate discussion, the student members of Cedar Crest College's Conservation Biology Club are sponsoring a slide show presentation by The Climate Project, followed by a panel discussion, on Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumnae Hall Auditorium.

The Climate Project's slideshow is based on the documentary film "An Inconvenient Truth," and presents the scientific evidence of global warming in terms that anyone can understand.  The presentation will be given by Lance Simmens, current Special Assistant to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, and one of 1000 people chosen and trained by The Climate Project to help promote awareness and education on the issue of climate change.

Following the presentation, audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion about the topic.  The panel will feature local experts, community members and students, and will be moderated by Dr. John Cigliano, associate professor and director of the Biodiversity and Conservation Biology Program at Cedar Crest College.

About Lance Simmens

Lance Simmens has held senior public policy positions stretching back to the Carter Administration.  For over 30 years he has served in a variety of positions at the Federal, State and local levels of government.  His service includes six years on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, six years with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, eight years in the Clinton Administration, and is currently Special Assistant to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.

He was instrumental in establishing the first Office of Sustainable Development in the Federal government.  That office, located in the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, set national programs and policies with respect to addressing the collapse of Northeast and Northwest fisheries.  Its mission was to balance the dual principles of economic development and environmental stewardship in the search for a comprehensive solution to natural resource disasters.

He was awarded the Department of Commerce's Gold Medal Award, its highest honorary award, in 1995 for his work in this area.

To register for this event, please call the Special Events Hotline at 610-740-3791.  For all other inquiries, please call the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.


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