Saint Martin’s to help ‘focus the nation’ on climate change

Saint Martin's University joins local institutions in hosting community forum

Jan. 22, 2008

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University will join The Evergreen State College, South Puget Sound Community College and Centralia College on Jan. 30, 2008, to present a community forum on global warming. Creating a Climate of Change: A Community Forum on Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest will take place at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 1, 512 Washington Street SE, in downtown Olympia. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the forum begins at 7:00 p.m. The first 500 people through the door will receive an ENERGY STAR® qualified compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb courtesy of Puget Sound Energy.

The community forum is part of a daylong lineup of events for Focus the Nation, a national campaign that is bringing campuses and communities together to find solutions to climate change. In an unprecedented partnership, the four higher education institutions are coordinating campus activities throughout the morning and afternoon of Jan. 30. On Saint Martin’s campus, there will be sessions for students, staff and faculty, featuring a joint presentation by Mary Jo Hartman, Assistant Professor of Biology; Aaron Coby, Assistant Professor of Biology; and Jim Thomas, Director of Adult Faith Formation for Catholic Social Teaching and Family Life, Archdiocese of Seattle.

The evening event will be moderated by Associated Press state political writer David Ammons and will feature a panel of local and state elected officials, lawmakers, business leaders and scientific experts on global warming. The forum aims to:

  • increase action to address the challenge of climate change locally with sound practices;
  • build knowledge and personal commitment to assess and advocate for energy efficiency and sustainability strategies; and
  • demonstrate communities’ willingness to act responsibly toward the environment.

The growing list of event sponsors includes the City of Olympia, InterCity Transit, The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, and Puget Sound Energy.

For more information on the evening forum, visit To find out more about the national Focus the Nation campaign, visit

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 320-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base, Olympic College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.

For additional information:

Susan Leyster
Saint Martin’s University
(360) 438-4381

Jennifer Fellinger
Saint Martin’s University
(360) 438-4332