Ashland University Honors Program Sponsors 'YERT' Event

3/16/11 ASHLAND, OH -- The Academic Honors Program is sponsoring a presentation by Mark Dixon titled "Your Environmental Road Trip: An Exploration of America's Unique Approach to Environmental Sustainability" on March 31 at 7 p.m. in the Trustees Room of Myers Convocation Center. The program is free and open to the public.

YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip) is a year-long eco-expedition through all 50 United States. With video camera in hand and tongue in cheek, the YERT team explored the landscape of America's unique approach to environmental sustainability. They believe that Americans want to do the right thing - they just don't want to look strange doing it, and they don't have the time or the means to explore all the options. That's where the YERT team comes in. The YERT team asks that people join them as they shamelessly bathe themselves in the best (and weirdest) of America's ecological progress with a mix of outrageous antics, provocative examples and thoughtful reporting.

A graduate of Stanford University, Dixon followed his dreams into the Internet bubble and worked for two start-up companies in Silicon Valley. A citizen of the world, he has visited 26 countries and lived on three giant continents, including a year in Tokyo, Japan. He has also dedicated his life to the performing arts, entertaining audiences onstage through choral and solo vocal and acting performances in a variety of genres, including jazz, comedy, gospel, opera, improv and musical theater, and classical religious music. As evidence for global warming and resource depletion moved into prominent view on an international scale, he decided to refocus his life on helping America work with the world community to address these issues, by launching YERT in Summer 2007. Dixon also is one of 1,000 climate messengers chosen and trained by Al Gore to give presentations about the climate crisis that is faced today.
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