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Earth Day 2018

Ask our Experts
Posted on April 18, 2018

With Earth Day taking place this Sunday, April 22, several Concordia University professors are available for media interviews touching on environmental topics. This year’s Earth Day theme is “End Plastic Pollution.”

Climate change and the effects of human activity on ecosystems

Damon Matthews is a professor and Concordia Research Chair in Climate Science and Sustainability, Geography, Planning and Environment. He is a world-renowned expert on climate change, carbon emissions and climate targets and a member of the Royal Society of Canada. He is Concordia’s scientific liaison to Future Earth and was a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

He is also an authority on simple actions that can reduce an individual’s carbon footprint, as can be seen in this video:

He is available for media interviews through to Sunday.
514-848-2424 ext. 2064


Plastic pollution

Kelly Jazvac is an associate professor of Studio Arts in the Faculty of Fine Arts. She specializes in art made from salvaged material and ocean plastics. She is available Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon.
514-848-2424 ext. 5661


The effect of water contamination on human health

An associate professor at the Centre for Engineering in Society, Ketra Schmitt is an expert on the intersection of public policy and technology, with a particular interest in how it impacts public health. In 2016, she published an op-ed in the Montreal Gazette on the risks associated with lead in water pipes. She is available all day Thursday, Friday and most of the weekend.
514-848-2424 ext. 5471


Urbanization, urban sprawl and environmental disruption to ecosystems

Jochen Jaeger, associate professor in Geography, Planning and Environment, can discuss landscape and urbanization, urban sprawl, the impacts of growth on environmentally sensitive systems and related subjects. He is generally available to speak to media.
514-848-2424 ext. 5481


Business and the environment

Raymond Paquin is the principal of the Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability and an associate professor of management. He can speak about how firms create collaborative environmental, social and economic value that reaches beyond what individual firms can achieve. He is available Wednesday and Thursday after 4 pm and any time on Friday afternoon.

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