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Mark Dixon road trip to the UMFK campus

March 20, 2009


The University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Environmental Studies Department and the Academic Outreach Office is pleased to announce a special presentation by Mark Dixon, originator and co-founder of YERT (“Your Environmental Road Trip”) on Tuesday, April 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room.               

The presentation, “America’s Various Approaches to Environmental Sustainability,” is part of the Spring Environmental Studies Speaker Series. Admission is free and open to the public. No registration is required.             

Join Dixon for an evening of environmental fun and film as he shares highlights from a year's journey of weird, wild, and wonderful approaches to sustainability all across America.  

"It is a real privilege to have Mark Dixon coming to the UMFK campus.  He is a nationally known speaker and his presentations are informative and inspiring. The ecology committee is quite honored to host such an event, and we are excited to share it with the community.   This is one presentation that you do not want to miss," said Heather DeCotes, president of the UMFK ecology committee.            

Mark Dixon, was trained by Al Gore to be one of his “Inconvenient Truth” presenters, and has put off grad school for now to travel the country. The project has solidified his belief that change through proper business management is a viable and an essential path to sustainability.                       

Mark decided to refocus his life on helping America work with the world community to address these issues, by launching YERT in the summer of 2007.            

YERT is a one year 50-state video documentary road trip to explore and personalize sustainability across the country.  All throughout the journey, Mark Dixon, along with Ben Evans, and Julie Evans, released fast-paced videos on-line to share their adventures, including their very own "road rules" eco-challenges (like keeping all of their garbage in the car all year), visits to environmentally significant destinations, and most importantly, interviews with over 800 leaders, businesspeople, researchers, and average citizens from all walks of life.       

Their work has been featured on the Weather Channel, Voice of America, the San Francisco Chronicle, and on public radio stations nationwide via the environmental news program, "Living on Earth."                         

The YERT team has been sharing their journey with live audiences all around the country, including presentations at the Bioneers Conference in Portland, Maine; the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture 2009 Conference; GLUE Conference '09 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Duquesne University; Carnegie Mellon University; Chatham University; Westminster College; Point Park University; and many other venues.

In addition to his evening presentation, Mark also will lead open discussions with University students in Dr. Kim Borges’s class earlier in the day. For more information about YERT and to follow them on their road trip visit:             

The event is open to the public, students, faculty and staff. For more information, please call Don Eno, UMFK Academic Outreach office at 834-7835.                                                                        #######