Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest 2013 Global Environmentalist-in-Residence
Watch the video here of Mark Tercek's presentation, Nature's Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature.
February 21 & 22, 2013
The Franklin Environmental Center is honored to welcome Mark Tercek, President & CEO of The Nature Conservancy, as the 2013 Global Environmentalist-in-Residence when he visits Middlebury February 21 & 22.
According to Nan Jenks-Jay, Dean of Environmental Affairs, “It is a special opportunity to have an individual of Mark Tercek’s standing, head of the world’s largest conservation organization, on campus to engage with our students and share his thoughts with us. Tercek represents a different kind of leadership at TNC and he’s outlined a bold agenda for the organization going forward.”
The goal of the Franklin Environmental Center residency is to bring today’s bravest and most influential thinkers to campus, and ask them to engage with the community on timely, provocative topics. Additionally, we hope to strengthen the individual’s bond with the College’s faculty, staff and students and to develop connections with his/her greater networks by association.
In this case, we look forward to building on an already fruitful relationship with The Nature Conservancy, the leading global conservation organization working to protect ecologically important lands and waters around the world. For over ten years, TNC and Middlebury have collaborated to offer paid summer internships for students and on research projects involving Middlebury faculty.
A new collaboration between our two institutions will be announced while Mark is Environmentalist-in-Residence. The College has received a generous gift in support of an exciting new paid global internship opportunity as part of TNC’s Globe internship program that will be open only to Midd students. In addition to the project work that a normal internship would involve, a student in this new internship would receive leadership training and mentoring. The mission of the Globe program is to grow future conservation leaders on behalf of the environment.
During his time on campus, Mark will visit two classes, the Environmental Studies Senior Seminar and Conservation Biology, have a videoconference discussion with faculty and students at Monterey Institute of International Studies, and will contribute his insights to the Franklin Environmental Center’s initiative Visioning Education for Environmental and Sustainability Education in the 21st Century during a roundtable discussion.
Mark will also engage a larger audience though a public presentation, Nature's Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature on Thursday, February 21 at 4:30p in McCardell Bicenntennial Hall 216. Environmentalists love nature for its own sake. This is an enormously important reason to protect it. But now, more than ever, we must convince people to value nature. Thinking of nature as infrastructure—or "green infrastructure"—reveals other compelling reasons to protect our planet's natural systems. Nature is the fundamental underpinning to our well-being. It gives us clean air to breathe, fresh water to drink, and plentiful food and fish to eat. It offers protection from storms and floods, and the stable climate that people, plants, and animals need to thrive. In this program, Tercek argues that conservation is not only the right thing to do—it is also the smart thing to do. He demonstrates how investments in nature can produce big returns for businesses, governments, and society. Indeed, saving nature is one of the smartest investments we can make.
This visit marks the continuation of the Franklin Environmental Center's professional residencies and what we hope will be a long and mutually enriching relationship between Middlebury College, Mark Tercek and The Nature Conservancy.