USF Joins National Focus on Global Warming Jan. 31

TAMPA, FL. (Wednesday, January 23, 2008) – Students and faculty from the University of South Florida will join hundreds of other educational institutions, civic groups and religious organizations in teaching others and seeking solutions to global warming.

The “Focus the Nation” symposium and teach-in is being organized locally by the Students for the Marketing and Advancement of Renewable Technologies (SMART) of the University of South Florida. USF faculty will engage in a national “teach-in” focusing on the dangers of global warming and important ways we can help to stop this alarming deterioration of the environment.

The symposium is planned for noon to 3 p.m. January 31 in the Marshall Center Ballroom on USF’s Tampa Campus, and in the lawn next to Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza/Fountain, next to Marshall Center.

“Focus the Nation” is part of a national teach-in involving more than 1,000 colleges and other educational institutions across the country. The event was organized to provide the public with the latest information on climate science and involve everyone in addressing climate change as the social justice issue of our time.

The local teach-in will kick-off Jan. 28, with USF teachers engaging their students in discussions on the dangers of global warming and ideas for solutions for the challenge. 

Speakers and special guests include: USF professor Yogi Goswami, past president of the International Solar Energy Society, and an internationally recognized expert on sustainable energy; Gretchen Fulmer, recycling coordinator with the Hillsborough County Solid Waste Department; John Ramil, president of TECO Energy; and Chris Bennett, vice president of Florida Power and Light.

In addition, Chloe Coney, a representative from Congresswoman Kathy Castor’s office will attend.

Focus The Nation is an unprecedented educational initiative on global warming solutions for America occurring at more than 1,000 universities and colleges and in all 50 states on Jan. 31, 2008. As the largest teach-in in U.S. history, Focus the Nation is preparing millions of students to become leaders in the largest challenge to civilization that any generation has faced. For more information, please visit

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  It is one of Florida's top three research universities.  USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialty and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine.  The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland.  USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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