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June 1st, 2010

IAE Alumni News

IAE 2010 Alumni Ben Lane was featured in the May 2010 newsletter of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Check out his detailed account of his Antarctic experience here. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is devoted to improving the world through engineering, and was one of Ben’s generous sponsors. To learn more about the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, visit their website.

Lauren Wylie – a long-time 2041 advocate and alumni – who most recently was a team leader on the IATE expedition, met up with Robert and some of the 2041 team in the Bay Area to present her ‘Inspired by Antarctica’ show for 2 Earth Day events. She was joined for her talk by her fellow IATE alumni Joe Spedding, who is currently bicycling up the west coast of North America, en-route to a camp counselor job in Canada, to raise awareness on sustainablity and eco-efficiency. Follow his journey here.

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Joe and Lauren getting ready to rock the audience. Their presentation took place at the San Domenico School in Marin, a K-12 Catholic School that proudly features a ground-breaking cross-curricula focus on ecological literacy, environmental science, and overall sustainability. More about the school and their intiatives can be found here.

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The whole group, including Robert Swan in the center and 2041′s CEO Anne Kershaw on the right, enjoying some sunshine in San Francisco.

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Abdulaziz, the ‘Green Sheikh of Ajman,’ and IAE 2010 alumni recently gave in-depth coverage of his expedition to the UAE digest, the first UAE based current affairs magazine. Read the whole story here.

Lauren Wylie, an IAE 2008 alum, marks her experience in Antarctica with Robert Swan as a true turning point in her life, and has since worked tirelessly to share her story and promote awareness of climate change and sustainability through many different avenues. Her website and blog both provide a wealth of information on grassroots action as well as personal insight into the profound effect her expedition has had on her.

Jesse Baker, an IAE 2009 alum, inspired by Robert Swan’s instruction to ‘Take Action!’ has founded and launched a non-profit called Ecofficiency. Their mission is to promote social equality, minimize waste, and reduce pollution by advancing an ethic of consumer responsibility based on understanding the relationships between economy, ecology, and equity. His organization will use programs, education, events, and primary research to promote this consumer ethic.

Richard Dunne, an IAE 4 and 5 team member and head teacher of the Ashley C of E Primary School, received an Ashden Award in the Schools category on 11 June 2009 for his ongoing work towards reducing his school’s carbon footprint. Richard returned from his 2041 Antarctic Expedition in 2007 inspired by Robert Swan’s message and determined to make a difference. Since then, the whole school community has worked together to bring the climate change motive into everything they do. Targets are set to cut energy consumption in the school and home and energy learning is integrated into every subject, including art and math. The school has a biomass boiler, solar heating and PV array and energy efficient lighting is used throughout. View their case study here.

September 10th, 2009

Sustaining ‘Leadership on the Edge’ with the Next Generation

If you have heard Robert Swan speak, you know that one of the primary motivations in leading his expeditions to Antarctica and speaking to groups around the globe is to inspire the young people of the world to take action in regards to sustainability and climate change. He’s dedicated his life to the preservation of Antarctica for them, and the world they are inheriting.

Wendy Gediman, a 2008 IAE alumni, is a Lower School teacher at TASIS, The American School in England. As part of her commitment towards using her experience in Antarctica to inspire and spread Robert’s mission, she’s created the ‘Environmental Club 2041′ at her school. Utilizing the 2041 curriculum featured on 2041′s education site, she hopes to instill a ‘sustainable young person’s Leadership on the Edge‘ in her students. Featuring a mock expedition format, her founding student members are passionate, committed, and can’t wait to learn more about what they can do.

Which is the most 2041 and Robert Swan can ever hope for.

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Environmental Club 2041 attendees

August 18th, 2009

Inspiring to Act

KPMG – a 2041 partner and sponsor – sent 2 of their employees on the March 2009 IAE expedition and has just published expedition coverage in their August 2009 Careers Magazine.

The article covers an overview of Robert’s mission, KPMG’s involvement, and KPMG’s green agenda. Most importantly, the article highlights the personal experiences of KPMG’s team members and how the expedition has changed their lives, and includes a brief expedition video diary. The phenomenon the article touches on – Robert Swan’s ability to inspire others to act – is what sets our company and expeditions apart from being another tick on a corporate policy checklist.

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Read more here.

July 23rd, 2009

International Youth Summit on Energy and Climate Change

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Last Sunday, on July 19th, Robert Swan was a keynote speaker to over 300 young leaders from over 30 nations, all participants at the International Youth Summit on Energy and Climate Change. The conference, which aimed towards carbon neutrality, was held at Tsinghua University, in Beijing, China. The IYSECC, which works towards mobilizing the youth generation to play an active role in fostering cooperation towards a low-carbon, efficient, clean, and sustainable future, is the first-ever global youth conference focusing on energy and climate change issues in China.

Robert’s lecture, which touched on his own expedition experience and the E-Base and then culminated in encouraging youth entrepreneurship in the renewable energy sector, was presented digitally, from Australia. By communicating via the internet, Robert’s contribution was both carbon-emissions free and fit in with the conference’s global theme while highlighting the continuing potential for digital collaboration to be a key method of broadcasting the climate change message across the globe.

Several of 2041′s IAE Team China alumni were involved in connecting Robert with IYSECC.

June 19th, 2009

Positive Action results in Ashden Award for 2041 IAE Alumni

Richard Dunne, an IAE 4 and 5 team member and head teacher of the Ashley C of E Primary School, received an Ashden Award in the Schools category on 11 June 2009 for his ongoing work towards reducing his school’s carbon footprint. Richard returned from his 2041 Antarctic Expedition in 2007 inspired by Robert Swan’s message and determined to make a difference. Since then, the whole school community has worked together to bring the climate change motive into everything they do. Targets are set to cut energy consumption in the school and home and energy learning is integrated into every subject, including art and math. The school has a biomass boiler, solar heating and PV array and energy efficient lighting is used throughout.

The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy were founded in 2001 to encourage the greater use of local sustainable energy to address climate change and alleviate poverty. Supported by WWF, the Ashley School, as the Schools Award winner,will receive 15,000 in prize money. View their case study here, and other media from their presentation here.

A huge congratulations to Richard from the 2041 team for embodying Robert Swan’s message of taking small, achievable steps to make a difference in creating a more sustainable future, and for using education as an effective platform for change.

  • IAE Alumni News
  • Sustaining ‘Leadership on the Edge’ with the Next Generation
  • Inspiring to Act
  • International Youth Summit on Energy and Climate Change
  • Positive Action results in Ashden Award for 2041 IAE Alumni