Environmentalist to Speak at Willamette

Environmentalist, entrepreneur and best-selling author, Paul Hawken, known for leading corporate reform with respect to ecological practices, will be speaking at Willamette University on "The Quest for a Sustainable Future."

Hawken's lecture will take place Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center. It is free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed. A question and answer session and book signing will follow the lecture. Books will be available for purchase that evening.

Hawken uses his business experience to educate CEOs about how to transform internal corporate culture and business philosophy towards environmental restoration. Hawken has founded several companies, including Metacode, a business-to-business infrastructure company, Groxis, a portal and search engine interface software provider, Smith & Hawken, the garden and catalog retailer and several of the first natural food companies in the U.S. that relied solely on sustainable agricultural methods.

Hawken is author of six books, including The Next Economy, Growing a Business, The Ecology of Commerce and Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution. His books have been published in over 50 countries in 27 languages and have sold over 3 million copies. Hawken has also hosted and produced a Public Broadcasting System (PBS) series that explored the challenges of operating socially responsive companies. This series was shown on television in 115 countries worldwide and viewed by more than 100 million people.

Hawken is the first lecturer in the Dempsey Environmental Lecture Series sponsored by The Dempsey Foundation. This lecture series will bring in one environmental lecture each year. For more information on the lecture, contact University Relations 503-370-6340.