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Environmental activitist to kick off Skidmore Unplugged

October 19, 2015

Climate change advocate Dominic Frongillo will help launch Skidmore Unplugged when he lectures at 6:30 p.m. today (Monday, Oct. 19) on “From Keystone XL to Fracking:  How millennials are changing the tide to a clean and just energy future.”

Free and open to all, the event will be in Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall. A reception will follow and energy-efficient light bulbs will be available to attendees.

Frongillo will share his journey and discuss his work on the front lines of the fight against climate change.  He made history at age 22 by becoming the youngest person to serve on the town council in Caroline, N.Y. Internationally recognized for his work in climate change and clean energy, Frongillo is a five-time delegate to the United Nations and a finalist for the national 2012 Barbara Jordan Leadership Award from the Young Elected Officials Network.

In 2012 Frongillo co-founded Elected Officials to Protect New York, a bipartisan coalition of more 850 elected officials from all 62 counties working to keep fracking out of New York. The group’s efforts contributed to a statewide movement that led to the December 2014 ban on fracking in New York State. Frongillo speaks frequently on topics of climate, sustainability, and social change. 

Skidmore’s Sustainability Office   is hosting the talk to build interest in Skidmore Unplugged, a three-week (Oct. 19 to Nov. 8) competition to raise awareness about energy use and alternatives. Read more about Skidmore Unplugged here.

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