Eileen Claussen, founding president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, will speak on April 19. Claussen will discuss the implications of a changing climate, the strategies and solutions for addressing it, and the roles of the major players, governments, businesses and us.

Claussen is currently serving as an Executive-in-Residence for the Elon University Martha and Spencer Love School of Business where she is advising students on career options in sustainability and the public sector, sharing insights from her career and advising the school on its sustainability curriculum.

She is the founding President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. The Center is an internationally recognized non-government organization known for its work with the progressive business community.

Claussen has also worked as a Senior Director at the National Security Council, at the EPA, and as an Assistant Secretary of State. Through her work with government and business nationally and internationally, Claussen has experience with diplomacy addressing complex issues, such as climate change, trade and the environment, economics and natural resource management.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, Elon Core Curriculum, Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, Center for Environmental Studies, the Liberal Arts Forum, and the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

The talk will take place Tuesday, April 19, in McKinnon Hall at 7:30 p.m. There will be an Elon student Coffee Klatch in Moseley 215 following the lecture.

The lecture marks the beginning of events happening all around campus leading up Earth Day, April 22. The concluding event for the week is 'Party for the Planet', a fun gathering of student organizations related to sustainability and entertainment. Party for the Planet will be on Speakers Corner from 3-6 p.m. on April 22 and was planned by Eco-Reps.