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Feb. 1: Media Advisory: Former Gov. Tom Ridge To Speak About "Getting It Right on Marcellus" at CMU Lecture Series

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Media Advisory: Former Gov. Tom Ridge To Speak About
"Getting It Right on Marcellus" at CMU Lecture Series

Event: Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge will discuss "Getting It Right on Marcellus: Opportunity, Responsibility, and Security" at Carnegie Mellon University's 21st annual Distinguished Lecture Series in Environmental Science, Technology and Policy. 

"The event is designed to offer differing views and a public forum on current environmental issues so critical to making the world a more sustainable place," said Peter Adams, lecture host and a professor of civil and environmental engineering and engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon.

Ridge, president and CEO of the international consulting firm Ridge Global, will discuss his work with the Marcellus Shale Coalition and the sweeping environmental polices he influenced during his tenure as the 43rd governor of Pennsylvania from 1995-2001. He developed the Growing Greener Initiative that provided critical funding to preserve the state's rivers and streams, and Clean and Green legislation which helps preserve valuable land for agricultural use.

A long-serving public leader, Ridge worked as the nation's first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and was one of the first combat Vietnam veterans to be elected to Congress in 1982. He earned a scholarship to Harvard, graduating with honors in 1967.

The lecture series is co-sponsored by CMU's Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research and its University Lecture Series.

When: 4:30 p.m. (Press availability), keynote speech, 5 - 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 3.

Where: Porter Hall 100, Frew Street off Schenley Park, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.