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‘Green’ Spokesperson Kicks Off Academic Year

Fontbonne University began its academic year with convocation ceremonies featuring guest speaker Jean Ponzi, a sustainability expert and host of “Earthworms” on local radio station KDHX. Ponzi addressed the campus community with a speech titled “Green Goes with Everything: Perspectives on Sustainable Living for Human Beings.” The ceremonies were held Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 10:15 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. in the university’s Dunham Student Activities Center.

Ponzi’s speech is the first of many activities scheduled for the university’s 2013 Dedicated Semester:  Sustainability: Small Steps, Giant Leaps. The dedicated semester is an annual tradition that invites students, faculty, staff and the community at large to examine the relevance and impact of a common theme. This year’s theme will be represented in more than twenty academic courses and will be featured in numerous social events, presentations, movie viewings and field visits. The goal is to inspire and challenge each participant to evaluate personal choices and actions in relation to an increasingly populated and complicated planet, according to dedicated semester committee officials.
Ponzi is a frequent “green” spokesperson for local and national media. She has written a monthly column for The Healthy Planet magazine since 1997, and she has produced and hosted the weekly environmental radio talk show “Earthworms” on FM-88 KDHX for over 24 years. She also hosts “Growing Green St. Louis” on 550-AM KTRS.
As green resources manager for the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden, she coaches sustainable thinking and practice across this region’s business community and promotes green lifestyle options in many general public settings. This work incorporates Ponzi’s expertise with energy efficiency, recycling and waste reduction, air quality, native plant landscaping, water conservation, green building and other practical topics.