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Noted economist, energy visionary discusses global environmental sustainability

Friday, September 13, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—A noted economist and architect of a global environmental sustainability plan will give a lecture Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall at Hood College.

Jeremy Rifkin, energy visionary and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, will present a lecture entitled The Third Revolution. His talk will focus on how he believes Internet technology and renewable energy are merging to create a powerful industrial revolution that will create thousands of businesses and millions of jobs, affect the way commerce is conducted and how society is governed, children are educated and residents engage in civic life.

He is the bestselling author of 19 books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society and the environment. His books have been translated into more than 35 languages and are used in hundreds of universities, corporations and government agencies around the world. His most recent titles include The Third Industrial Revolution, The Empathic Civilization, The Hydrogen Economy, The European Dream and The End of Work.

He is the principle designer of the European Union's Third Industrial Revolution long-term economic sustainability plan to address the triple challenge of the global economic crisis, energy security and climate change. The Third Industrial Revolution was formally endorsed by the European Parliament in 2007 and is now being implemented by various agencies within the European Commission as well as in the 28 member-states.

Rifkin is also the founder and chairperson of the Third Industrial Revolution Global CEO Business Roundtable, the largest of its kind in the world. One hundred of the world's leading companies in the fields of renewable energy, construction, architecture, real estate, information technology, power and utilities and transport and logistics comprise this global economic development team, which works with cities, regions and national governments to develop master plans to transition their economies into post-carbon Third Industrial Revolution infrastructures.

Rifkin is a senior lecturer at the Wharton School's Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where he instructs CEOs and senior management on transitioning their business operations into sustainable economies.

The lecture, followed by a book signing, is this year's Shirley Conner Hardinge Annual Global Studies Lecture, made possible by a gift from the estate of Shirley Conner Hardinge, a 1944 alumna of the College.

For more information, contact Len Latkovski, Ph.D., professor of history, at 301-696-3722, or latkovski@hood.edu.