Sustainability educator to speak at RU


Eban Goodstein, director of the Bard College Center for Environmental Policy

Eban Goodstein, director of the Bard College Center for Environmental Policy, will present two lectures on the Radford University campus during the last week of October.

In his first talk, Goodstein will address the "new economy" and the future of work. The Oct. 29 lecture begins at 7:30 p.m., in the College of Business and Economic Building, room 204.

"With the failure of the 'old economy,' attention has focused on an IT-enabled new economy, variously modified as 'sharing,' 'local,' 'sustainable,' 'idealist,' 'mission-driven' and 'resilient,'" Goodstein said. "This talk focuses on the forces driving the emergence of the new economy and assesses whether the new boss will be the same as the old boss."

On Oct. 30, Goodstein will outline opportunities for grassroots movements in helping to reduce environmental pollution. The lecture is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in Cook Hall, room 319. "Today, citizen groups have an opportunity to drive state-level dialogue and advocate for deeper emission cuts," Goodstein said. "This talk outlines the avenues for grassroots engagement with state regulators."

The lectures are free and open to RU students, faculty and staff.

Goodstein directs two national educational initiatives on global warming: C2C and The National Climate Seminar. In recent years, he has coordinated climate education events at more than 2,500 colleges, universities, high schools and other institutions across the United States.

Goodstein is the author of "Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming," "The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment," and a college textbook, "Economics and the Environment."

He has written articles for numerous publications, including The Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Land Economics, Ecological Economics, and Environmental Management.

Goodstein's research has been featured in The New York Times, Scientific American, Time, Chemical and Engineering News, The Economist, USA Today and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He serves on the editorial board of Sustainability: The Journal of Record and Environment, Workplace and Employment. He serves on the steering committee of Economics for Equity and the Environment.

Goodstein is also a member of the board of directors of the Follett Corporation and is on the advisory committee for Chevrolet's Clean Energy Initiative.

To learn more about the lectures, contact Rick Van Noy at or (540) 831-5597.

Oct 21, 2014