Brockovich lecture highlights sustainability symposium

Live Green, Iowa State's sustainability initiative, is hosting its 11th annual Symposium on Sustainability next week. The two-night celebration begins Feb. 24, highlighted by a keynote lecture from Erin Brockovich.

Brockovich was a legal researcher whose work investigating decades of groundwater pollution by Pacific Gas and Electric in Hinkley, California, resulted in the utility company paying residents $333 million in damages in 1996, the largest medical lawsuit settlement in U.S. history. Her lecture, "The Power of One," is in the Memorial Union Great Hall, following Live Green's annual awards for excellence in sustainability ceremony at 7 p.m. in the adjacent Sun Room.

Before the awards ceremony and Brockovich speech, representatives of sustainability in research, academics, student affairs, operations and community engagement will be available to provide information in a poster and table session at 6 p.m. in the South Ballroom. Brockovich will hold a post-lecture meet and greet at 8 p.m.

The symposium's second night is Sustainapalooza, 5-8 p.m. Feb. 25, in the MU Great Hall, South Ballroom and Sun and Oak rooms in the Memorial Union. Students, faculty and staff are invited to contribute to a collective visioning board and a Cy-lebrity Wall, participate in a clothing swap, learn sustainable living skills at green-it-yourself centers, enjoy local food and network with sustainability organizations.

All events are free and open to the public.