SoGES hosts lectures on the Amazon, sustainable brewing

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability will sponsor lectures by Thomas Lovejoy and Kim Jordan, who are members of the school’s External Advisory Board, on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Thomas Lovejoy: “An Amazon Half Century in Science and Conservation”

Thomas Lovejoy

The first lecture features renowned tropical ecologist Thomas Lovejoy, 1-2 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Longs Peak Room, (Room 302). He will present an overview of exploration and science in the Amazon basin from the first non-indigenous navigation of the world’s biggest river to issues of possible die-back today.

Lovejoy is an internationally renowned ecologist and conservation biologist who coined the term “biological diversity.” He is a senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation and University Professor in the Environmental Science and Policy department at George Mason University. Lovejoy has worked at the interface of science and environmental policy in the Brazilian Amazon forest since 1965. He is the recipient of the Blue Planet Award and Tyler Prize.

Kim Jordan: “Brewing Sustainability”

The second lecture is with the cofounder of New Belgium Brewing, Kim Jordan, 4-5:15 p.m. in the Lory Student Center, Room 382.

Kim JordanJordan’s lecture will reflect her quarter century as an entrepreneur and tireless advocate for environmental stewardship. She has cultivated her passion for social work, the environment, and community to create one of the most successful breweries in America. Her lifelong commitment to developing healthy communities has informed New Belgium’s culture through progressive policies including employee ownership, open-book management, and philanthropic giving.

She is executive chair of New Belgium’s Board of Directors and a member of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Renewable Energy Authority Board. In her more than 25 years as an entrepreneur, Jordan has presented to thousands of people in the business, nonprofit, and academic worlds about how to create a vibrant and rewarding work culture that enhances the bottom line. Now as the executive chair of New Belgium’s Board of Directors, Kim is the visionary link, keeping New Belgium Brewing on a path of evolution to meet consumer needs of the future.