Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. — POULTNEY— The 2015 visiting scholar for Green Mountain College’s Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies (MSES) and Master’s of Science in Resilient and Sustainable Communities (MRSC) programs is Sandra Postel, founder of the Global Water Policy Project. Postel will be on campus for an intensive four-day residency for GMC graduate students Sept. 9-12.
Postel will speak on “The Global Freshwater Challenge: New Solutions for a Thirsty World” from 7-8:30 p.m. in GMC’s Ackley Auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 10. The event is free and open to the public.
Postel lectures, writes, and consults on international water issues and in 2010 was appointed Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society, where she serves as lead water expert for the Society’s freshwater initiative. Hailed for her inspiring, innovative and practical approach to promoting the preservation and sustainable use of Earth’s fresh water, Postel is co-creator of Change the Course, the national freshwater restoration campaign undertaken by National Geographic and its partners. It is being piloted in the Colorado River Basin.
She is the author of several acclaimed books, including the award-winning “Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity,”which appears in eight languages and was the basis for a PBS television documentary. She is also author of “Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last?” and co-author of “Rivers for Life: Managing Water for People and Nature,” now appearing in five languages.