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Dr. Charles McClaugherty Shares "What it Means to be Green" to Kickoff LINC Luncheon Series

September 20, 2007

Focusing on principles rather than rules will make for a greener world, according to Dr. Charles McClaugherty, professor of biology at Mount Union College.

McClaugherty delivered this message at the kickoff LINC Luncheon Series at the Hoover-Price Campus Center September 18.

Sustainability and green issues are at the forefront of the minds of the Alliance and Mount Union College communities and McClaugherty offered the audience his reflections on 'what it means to be green.'

'Sustainability involves meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,' said McClaugherty.

Be a good citizen, be mindful and be connected,' said McClaugherty. 'Being a good citizen means thinking beyond ourselves, our here and our now.'

Other principles to follow include being mindful, thinking about our consumption patterns and considering the 'triple bottom line' (financial, environmental and social).

'There are many different shades of green,' he concluded. 'Being green means different things to different people and is more about how you view the world around you and your place in it. It is a reflection of your values.'

McClaugherty has been a member of the Mount Union College faculty since 1988, and earned his bachelors degree from Cornell University, his masters degree from the University of Virginia and doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin. He received the President's Award by the Environmental Education Council of Ohio and in 1993 he received the College's Great Teacher Award. This summer he was honored as Alliance's Citizen of the Year.

The luncheon series know as LINC (lunch, information, networking and conversation) was conceived to take advantage of the local expertise that exists in Alliance, especially given the College's outstanding academic reputation.

The series, which is open to the public, will run from noon until 1 p.m. during the third Tuesday of the months of October, November, February, March and April. The cost for the lunch is $9. The sessions will be chaired by Scott Ingledue, chairman of the Board of Directors of Alliance Community Hospital, with comments and updates from Dr. Giese, president of the college and Harry Paidas, vice president for public affairs and marketing of the College.

'The first LINC was well-attended and the feedback we received was very encouraging,' Paidas said. 'We look forward to many more successful LINC programs.'

Although the entire schedule is not yet set, the October session will feature Dr. Jim Kadlecek, chair of the department of human performance and sport management, who will present 'Professional Sports: Is It All About the Money?' on October 16. The November session will feature Dr. William Coleman, assistant to the president for diversity, who will speak on 'Why Asia Matters' on November 20.

For further information or to make reservations for future sessions contact Diane Thomas, assistant director of public affairs at (330) 823-6063 or e-mail thomasdl@mountunion.edu.

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