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FSU’s Sustainability Studies Minor Steering Committee Welcomes Dr. David Hassenzahl

Frostburg State University’s Sustainability Studies Minor Steering Committee and the FSU Foundation, Inc., will host Dr. David M. Hassenzahl on Monday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Compton Science Center room 226. Hassenzahl will present his talk, “Las Vegas – The Sustainability Everytown.” The event is free and open to the public.

For many, Las Vegas embodies that which is unsustainable: a city dedicated to hedonism in the middle of a hot, dry desert. Hassenzahl argues that while Las Vegas is unique, the factors that make it unsustainable are common among all other urban areas. In his presentation he will use Las Vegas to represent how any city can be used to explore a range of interacting conditions that promote or preclude sustainability, and will present the fundamental requirements of sustainability. He will cover topics from alligators, apple strudels and diabetes to sidewalks, wine, pig farms and nuclear power.

Hassenzahl is the founding dean of the School of Sustainability and the Environment at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. His research, outreach and teaching focus on incorporating scientific information and expertise into public decisions. For the last 25 years, he has addressed subjects as diverse as climate change, energy, toxic chemicals and public health. Hassenzahl has published numerous papers and essays and co-authored several books, the most recent of which is “Visualizing Environmental Science.” Hassenzahl is senior fellow of the National Council for Science and the Environment, through which his climate change education efforts are supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Before joining Chatham, he was chair and associate professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

For more information about this event, contact Dr. Henry Bullamore at 301-687-4413 or

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

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