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College Sustainability Research Pioneer to Speak at BCC Commencement
May 16, 2011
Mark Orlowski, the Founder and Executive Director of the Sustainable Endowments Institute, will be the principal speaker at Berkshire Community College's 51st Commencement Exercises. Based in Cambridge, MA, the nonprofit Institute is a special project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Orlowski is a 2002 alumnus of BCC, earning an associate's degree in liberal arts with a concentration in peace and world order studies.

"Over the last few years, the college has remained focused not only on reducing its carbon footprint but also on developing programs and systems relating to sustainable energy options," said Dr. Paul E. Raverta, president. "Mark is a wonderful example of how a community college education can become the foundation of an important career path, and he is a real-life role model for our graduates."

"It is a great honor to have this opportunity to share my enthusiasm for my experience at BCC and how it has influenced my career choices," said Mark Orlowski.

The Sustainable Endowments Institute has pioneered research and education to advance sustainability in campus operations and endowment investment practices. Orlowski heads a team that authors the Institute's annual College Sustainability Report Card, which evaluates and grades key elements of sustainability at more than 300 colleges and universities. The Report Card is designed to help schools learn from each other's experiences and adapt campus and endowment sustainability policies that work.

In addition to his education at BCC, Orlowski is a graduate of Williams College and earned a master's degree at Harvard University, where he studied nonprofit management.

BCC's 51st Commencement will be held Friday afternoon, June 3, beginning at 4:30 PM at Tanglewood in Lenox.


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