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BSC Students and Faculty Attend EcoSummit 2013

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    Tuesday, November 20 2012
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Bluefield)—Students and faculty from Bluefield State College joined their colleagues from other Historically Black Colleges and Universities at EcoSummit, 2012 in Columbus, OH. The six-day program brought together more than 1600 of the world's leaders in ecological science to the Greater Columbus Convention.

BSC students Crystal Dillon and Loren Morris, along with Dr. Martha Eborall, Dean of the BSC School of Arts & Sciences, viewed "cutting edge" work while attending symposia and workshops on sustainability and restoration of the earth's ecosystem services. "Students experienced firsthand the global importance of ecological sustainability, took part in a field trip of their choice, and networked with world-renowned scientists and academicians," Dr. Eborall noted.

Students heard lectures and panel discussions led by some of the nation's leaders in the field of sustainability, including Harvard's E.O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize winning author Jared Diamond, and Lester Brown, founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute.

"These students now have a better understanding of the interconnected nature of our ecosystems," added Bernice Cage, Public Information and Diversity Manager for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, a sponsor of EcoSummit 2012. "The world is diverse, our population is diverse, and it's important for a diverse student population to be part of the sustainability conversation.

The students' costs associated with attending EcoSummit 2012 were underwritten by Limited Brands, Inc. In all, 23 students from HBCU member institutions Bluefield State College, Claflin University, Miles College and Spelman College attended EcoSummit 2012.