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Environmental Advocate Robert Kennedy Jr. Gives Lecture At WestConn

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will discuss “Our Environmental Destiny” in a lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Western Connecticut State University.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will discuss “Our Environmental Destiny” in a lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Western Connecticut State University. Photo Credit: Contributed

DANBURY, Conn. — Environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an advocate for conservation of clean water resources in the Hudson River watershed and worldwide, will discuss “Our Environmental Destiny” in a lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Western Connecticut State University.

Kennedy, who lives in Mount Kisco, N.Y., and who was named as one of Time Magazine’s “Heroes of the Planet” in 1999 for his leadership role in the campaign by the Riverkeeper organization to restore and protect the Hudson River and its tributaries, will speak at 7 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury.

Tickets for admission to the lecture, presented by the Jane Goodall Center for Excellence in Environmental Studies at WCSU, will be $10. Students with a valid WCSU ID will be admitted free. Tickets to attend the lecture and a VIP reception at 8:30 p.m. in Warner Hall will be $30, with a fee of $10 for students with WCSU ID.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (203) 837-TIXX. Proceeds will benefit the Goodall Center’s Permaculture Garden Project, designed to provide students with first-hand experience in sustainable community gardening through design and planting of the first permaculture garden on the university’s Midtown campus.

Kennedy has brought a series of successful legal actions in environmental protection cases as chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper and senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. As president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, he has shared his experience at Riverkeeper with more than 200 Waterkeeper organizations around the world that seek to focus grassroots citizen action campaigns on issues ranging from pollution to climate change that affect waterways and clean water resources. He was recognized by Rolling Stone in 2009 in the magazine’s honor roll of “100 Agents of Change.”

Kennedy is credited with helping to build consensus among stakeholders as a participant in the negotiations that produced the 1997 agreement among New York City and other municipalities, New York State, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and regional environmental groups including Riverkeeper to establish a continuing framework for protection of the Hudson River watershed.

The recipient of a law degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in environmental law from Pace University, Kennedy is a professor of environmental law at the Pace University School of Law and co-director of the school’s Environmental Litigation Clinic.

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