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Flagler College alumna, manager at United Nations to give talk on sustainability

Jan 9, 2017

Flagler College alumna and United Nations Global Compact Manager Margaret Fenwick will be discussing the role of business in practicing and promoting sustainability, during a talk for the college’s Ideas & Images series on Tuesday, Jan. 24 in Lewis Auditorium at 7 p.m.

“By committing to sustainability, companies around the world can take shared responsibility for creating a more peaceful and prosperous world,” she said. “Together, the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations provide a blueprint for creating a more sustainable and inclusive global economy that delivers lasting benefits to people, communities and markets.”

Fenwick began working at the UN’s Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative, two years ago. As part of the Environment and Climate team, she helps manage the Caring for Climate Initiative, the UN’s business leadership platform. In the fall of 2015, she attended COP21 — the Paris Climate Conference — to help organize the Caring for Climate Business Forum, the official event for business at the Paris talks. Caring for Climate is the world's largest business leadership platform on climate change endorsed by over 450 chief executives from 65 countries.

Fenwick graduated with a degree in Spanish from Flagler in 1996 and holds a master’s degree in Spanish from Middlebury College and another in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University. In 2010, she published a green living guide for Spain with a prologue by world-renowned anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall. 

This year’s Ideas & Images series is titled “Next 50 Years: Dialogue for a Global Future – Science, Heritage, Business, Technology, Education.” Additional presentations for the academic year include:
 
•           Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, Brian Goeken, Chief, Technical Preservation Services for the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., “Preserving our Built Heritage in the 21st Century: Addressing Contemporary Challenges”
 
•           Wednesday, March 22, 2017, Dr. Paul Sutter, 2016 Carson Fellow with the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society and Professor of History, University of Colorado – Boulder, “Automobiles, National Parks, and the Origins of Modern Wilderness Advocacy”
 
For a full listing of all 2016-2017 Ideas & Image events, please visit here. All talks are free and open to the public.
 
Partners for this series are the National Park Service and its Find Your Park Centennial initiative, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Florida Public Archaeology Network.  The series is made possible with assistance from a variety of sponsors including: the Joy McCann Foundation, St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, Florida Humanities Council, St. Johns Cultural Council, St. Johns County Visitor and Convention Bureau, Casa Monica Hotel, Margaret Domini and Flagler College Bookstore.
 
If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Lynn Francisco at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days’ notice.

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