Trine University's Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Knowledge (SPEAK) will host a Sustainability Summit speaker series leading up to the organization's Earth Fest 2020 celebration in April.
Events in the series are free and open to the public. Each will begin at 6 p.m. in Wells Theatre, inside Taylor Hall on the Trine campus, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Nate Simons will kick off the series on March 12 with "Recovery of Lakes Country's Native Habitats." Simons, a registered landscape architect and executive director of Blue Heron Ministries, will provide a brief natural history of the Steuben County area, its loss, and its recovery.
On March 19, Martha Ferguson, owner of Riverview Native Nursery in DeKalb County, will speak on "Native Plants - Beauty and Biodiversity." She will discuss landscape-worthy native plants, their ecological benefit and how to use them in a garden. She also will share how to be part of the Homegrown National Park, from Doug Tallamy's new book, Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard.
Tim Maloney, senior policy director at the Hoosier Environmental Council, will discuss "Funding Wildlife Habitats" on March 26. His talk will concern wildlife habitat conservation funding: its storied past, impact, the precipitous decline in funding, and the extremely compelling case for new funding.
Kristen Thomas will close the series on April 2 with "Thinking about Stormwater," a brief description of the City of Angola's MS4 stormwater program, what stormwater is and why we should be concerned about it.
For more information about the Sustainability Summit, visit the Trine SPEAK for the Earth page on Facebook.
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