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News Founder of Global Community Initiatives Gwendolyn Hallsmith Speaks at Marlboro College, May 8

MARLBORO, VT— (April 30, 2008) — Founder and Executive Director of Global Community Initiatives, Gwendolyn Hallsmith will give a free public lecture, Intentional Cities, Intentional Economies, on Thursday, May 8, at 7:00 p.m. in Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College.

Author of The Key to Sustainable Cities: Meeting Human Needs, Transforming Community Systems, Hallsmith examines an innovative approach using universal human needs as a basis for engaging in a multi-stakeholder process, building on assets, and using a whole system understanding that identifies leverage points for change.

Hallsmith is also the author of the workbook, Taking Action for Sustainability: The EarthCAT Guide to Community Development, which, along with Sustainable Cities, is being used by several communities to initiate a new planning process, including the City of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, and the City of Newburgh, NY.

Hallsmith has worked with municipal, regional and state government in the United States and internationally for over 25 years, including work with the United Nations Environmental Program, the United Nations Development Program and Earth Charter International. She has served as the Deputy Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, a Regional Planning Director and as an international specialist on sustainable community development, among others.

Currently she serves as President of the Vermont Earth Institute and as Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Montpelier, which is in the midst of a sustainability project called enVision Montpelier.

This presentation is part of Marlboro College's ''On the Record'' series of lectures, presentations and performances in celebration of its 60th anniversary.

For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or

Celebrating 60 years, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.


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