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Webinar: Emerging Environmental Health Challenges Seminar Series

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Tuesday, 01 March 2022, 12:00

Tuesday March 1, 2022. 12:00PM. Webinar: Emerging Environmental Health Challenges Seminar Series. Wendy Purcell, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Sponsored by the Rutgers Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI) Division of Environmental and Population Health Biosciences, Rutgers School of Public Health, and the Rutgers Center for Environmental Exposures and Diseases. Join the seminar here. 

Abstract: Universities per se and higher education in general are essential to catalyze and action the transformative change needed for sustainability and delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability can be adopted as a driver of change within higher education institutions (HEIs), as they react and respond to influencing factors outside the academy. HEIs engagement with sustainability can also influence, effect and amplify change beyond the institution, working with and through others.

Different local and national contexts, institutional archetypes and academic missions influence the pursuit of sustainability in and by HEIs. Sustainability-led transformation may take place at the level of the institution (executive/administrative), organization, culture, place-based (anchor) and students. Exploring a manifesto for change and a call to action, the session will explore how HEIs are playing an important role in creating a world where no one is left behind, inviting universities and colleges to accelerate and scale their efforts in support of a just transition and the pursuit of sustainability. 

Biosketch: Dr. Wendy Purcell is an Academic Research Scholar with Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University (2016-date). Her purpose lies in transforming lives through education and research in pursuit of social equity, the knowledge economy and sustainable development. She leads research on global leadership and governance for sustainable transformation in higher education and in various business sectors. She directs Harvard's Sustainable Development Solutions Group and is Lead Faculty of ENVR-118c Pursuing Sustainability in the Travel & Tourism Sector. Wendy is an Emeritus Professor (Biomedicine) and was President Vice-Chancellor of a UK university (2007-2015), taking it to the top 1% of world universities and number #1 'green' UK university. She is a Council Member of the United Nations University, Governing Board Member European University EELISA and Member of the American Association of Universities and Colleges. Wendy has authored over 100-publications, is an academic editor and author; she is busy writing books on Sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals and the role of higher education in advancing a world where no one is left behind. 

All are invited to attend via Zoom. Meeting ID: 987 9129 6059. Passcode: 030122. In person (fully vaccinated): EOHSI Room C. Attendance Limited - Please RSVP to Lisa Pek This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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