BLOOMSBURG — "Re-Energize BU," a daylong event focused on raising awareness about the health and environmental impacts of coal usage, will be held at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on Thursday, Feb. 17, as scheduled, despite the keynote speaker's cancellation due to illness.
In place of a presentation by environmental activist Larry Gibson, BU students from the Sustainability and Social Justice Living and Learning Community will talk about their experiences in Kayford Mountain, W.Va., where they saw the effects of mountaintop coal removal. Students will speak at 12:30 p.m. in BU's Kehr Union Ballroom.
Other events in the Kehr Union Ballroom on Thursday include:
- 11 a.m. — "The Green Movement and Appalachian Miners," Walter Howard, BU professor of history
- 2 p.m. — Panel on clean-energy transitions and activism, "Re-Energize BU," featuring Tiffany Hickman, PennFuture; Eli Tome and Jaron Nielsen, Help Our Planet Earth (H.O.P.E), and Kim Teplitzky, the Sierra Club.
- 7 p.m. — Documentary, "Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal and the Fight for Coalfield Justice," in McCormick Center, room 1303. The film is open to the public free of charge.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.