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.
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.
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.