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SMC’s Free Spring Environmental Lecture Series Begins Tuesday, March 3:

Santa Monica College’s Spring 2015 Environmental Issues Lecture Series – featuring experts discussing important environmental and urban issues of our time – begins this Tuesday, March 3.

The first lecure, “Local Leaders Blaze the Trail Toward Sustainability,” will offer a chance to meet SMC Director of Sustainability Genevieve Bertone and experts from Sustainable Works, find out how SMC and the community have become more efficient and sustainable, and learn how residents can join SMC to improve the quality of living and working environments.

All lectures in the series are free and are held at 6:45 pm in Room 263 of the Humanities & Social Science Building on SMC’s main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Seating is on a first-arrival basis.

The series – which has informed the community for more than 12 years – is sponsored by SMC’s Center for Environmental and Urban Studies (CEUS).

The center is open to the public and features displays, a library and information center, video collection, native garden, and other services and activities related to environmental and urban studies.

Santa Monica College has been offering courses in environmental and urban studies since fall 2001.

The remaining line-up in the Spring 2015 Environmental Issues Lecture Series is:

• March 24 – “Finding Nature in Your Back Yard Even if You Think You Don’t Have One”

Learn about our local gardens and nearby wildlands from our campus and community heroes – such as Latino Outdoors’ Graciela Cabello – who celebrate our diverse natural landscapes and cultures by curing nature deficit disorders while opening new windows to the great outdoors.

• April 21 – “The Value of Wilderness: An Interdisciplinary Debate”

SMC’s top environmental thinkers – from psychology to philosophy to political science and beyond – share their perspectives on the value of wilderness and how humans relate to the natural world.

• May 5 – “The NRDC: Fighting for You, Our Environment, and Our Future”

Find out what leading legal experts – such as David Pettit at the Natural Resources Defense Council – are doing to protect our natural resources and to improve the quality of our living and working environments in California and beyond.

• May 19 – “Celebrating the Golden Age of Documentary Films”

Join award-winning environmental filmmakers—including SMC Adjunct Professor Sheila Laffey, PhD—as they follow citizens making a positive difference. These directors and producers of groundbreaking films will share clips, insights, and stories that will forever change how we view trees and nature.

For more information, visit www.smc.edu/ceus or call 310.434.4743.

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