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Fulbright scholar addresses climate change is our cities

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Meet and hear from North Central’s fifth Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Radha Rajagopalan Tuesday, Feb. 23. She will give a talk titled “It’s Not Just Hot Air: Facing Climate Change in North American Cities,” drawing on her experience and expertise as senior research analyst in Toronto’s Environment Office. Rajagopalan’s free talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Meiley-Swallow Hall. Her 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 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. 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.