Biodiversity, Sustainability and

the Modern University

A Public Lecture by

Peter Raven

 Director of Missouri Botanical Garden
George Engelmann Professor of Botany, Washington University

Full video recording of the whole event
(beginning with twelve minute slide show)

Mustang Daily article about this event

Peter Raven is a botanist, an ecologist, a world leader in promoting environmentally responsible citizenship.

He was named A Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine. An article about him in Discover is titled, Peter the Great. He's served as Chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was appointed a MacArthur Fellow (The Genius Award). Together with Paul Erlich, he developed the theory of Coevolution in the 1970's. More articles by and about Dr. Raven can be found here.

His lecture to members of the University Community and the general public addresses some of the most pressing issues of our time.      

During his visit to Cal Poly he studied challenges faced by the University in its efforts to advance Biodiversity and Sustainability through education, research, and institutional behavior. 

Dr. Raven toured the campus, met with senior officials and representatives of groups engaged in these efforts, and offered his suggestions for future progress.  

Instructors of classes dealing with issues of Biodiversity and Sustainability were urged to discuss and give credit to students attending this important educational event. 

Documents regarding Sustainability Programs at Cal Poly provided to Dr Ravens


Cal Poly Earth Day

Friday, April 7, 7:30 P.M.

Mott Gymnasium, Cal Poly Campus

Admission free

Sponsored by the Office of University Provost
and the Academic Senate's Sustainability Committee