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Dean James Goldgeier invites SIS students, alumni and friends to the
2016 Nancy Weiser Ignatius Lecture on the Environment featuring the
United States Secretary of Energy, The Honorable Ernest Moniz, on
Tuesday, October 18, at 6:30 p.m., in the SIS Atrium. The lecture will
be followed by a reception.
The Nancy Weiser Ignatius Lectureship on the Environment honors the work of SIS alumna Nancy Weiser Ignatius,
SIS/MA ’69, an activist who championed environmental causes long before
they became mainstream practices. More than four decades ago, Ignatius
co-founded Concern Inc., an organization designed to educate consumers
about the environment. Concern encouraged manufacturers to develop
product containers that were less harmful to the environment.
Additionally, the organization created ecological shopping lists called
“Eco-Tips,” according to a 1972 article in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
As Ignatius explained in 1972, the Eco-Tips and other organizational
initiatives were meant to “utilize the vast woman power of this country
to help solve environmental problems.”
The Ignatius family has long been active in Washington. Paul Robert Ignatius, husband of Nancy Weiser Ignatius, served as Secretary of the Navy, Assistant Secretary of Defense, and president of The Washington Post.
The keynote speaker for the October 18th lecture is United States Secretary of Energy, The Honorable Ernest Moniz. As United States Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz is tasked with implementing critical Department of Energy missions in support of President Obama’s goals of growing the economy, enhancing security and protecting the environment. This encompasses advancing the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, maintaining the nuclear deterrent and reducing the nuclear danger, promoting American leadership in science and clean energy technology innovation, cleaning up the legacy of the cold war, and strengthening management and performance.
This is the second annual Nancy Weiser Ignatius Lecture on the
Environment at the School of International Service. Held annually, these
lectures feature senior policymakers and leaders in the nonprofit
and private sectors who are working tirelessly to improve the
environment around the world.