North Central College - Naperville, IL

Expert on climate change and water conservation to give talk Feb. 23

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Contact: Nancy Dunker, Associate Director of Public Relations, 630-637-5306

Feb. 1, 2010--Radha Rajagopalan, North Central College's fifth Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, will give a talk titled "It's Not Just Hot Air: Facing Climate Change in North American Cities" on Feb. 23. She will draw on her own experience and expertise as senior research analyst in Toronto's Environment Office.

Rajagopalan's free talk will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in North Central's Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville.

In her work at Toronto's Environment Office, Rajagopalan has been involved in drafting and implementing Toronto's Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan and led efforts to revamp the city's green purchasing policy, which is being adopted by other corporations in Toronto. She's also designed and implemented public educational and grant programs around climate change and global warming, social responsibility programs for the corporate sector, and worked to develop a Canada-United States coalition to protect the Great Lakes watershed.

Rajagopalan's strong interest in global climate change and water conservation complements the College's 2009-2010 international and cultural focus on global environmental change. Her yearlong residency at North Central as an instructor and lecturer will culminate in a communitywide seminar, titled The Ripple Effect, on April 15. It will bring together speakers at the national, regional, state and local levels to talk about current water issues.

The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program assists institutions that are already engaged in international activities, the opportunity to broaden or deepen their international or world area-specific capacities by adding a new dimension to their teaching. It also allows scholars outside the United States to gain teaching experience in U.S. higher education.

This lecture is one of many ongoing programs hosted at North Central College to enrich and broaden the academic and cultural outlook for the College and community. For a comprehensive schedule of lectures, art exhibits, musical performances and theatrical productions, visit or call Judith Brodhead, coordinator of cultural events, at 630-637-5276.