WASHINGTON, PA (Feb. 21, 2012)—Paul Hansen, a life-long conservationist and author with decades of experience in public policy work and civic engagement efforts, will discuss “Environmental Civility” at a public lecture Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in Washington & Jefferson College’s Howard J. Burnett Center’s Yost Auditorium.
Hansen is the Rocky Mountain states regional director for the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to fiscal responsibility. Previously, Hansen served as executive director of the Izaak Walton League of America and director of the conservation organization’s Midwest office. He also worked for The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming.
Hansen served as chair of the “Green Group” -- the leadership forum of the CEOs of the major national environmental groups – and was a founding member of the American Wildlife Conservation Partners. He also was on the board of the Louisiana Pacific Corporation from 1999 to 2007. He is one of only a handful of conservation leaders to have served on the board of a major public company. While he was on the board of the Louisiana Pacific Corporation. the company went from 76 Notices of Violation on environmental issues to zero.
He was a founding board member of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, SaveOurEnvironment.org, and the Sustainable Forestry Board. He has served on several other nonprofit boards including The Natural Resource Council of America, The Keystone Center, Yellowstone Business Partnership, League of Conservation Voters, Wildlife Habitat Council, National Conservation Leadership Institute and Americans for our Heritage and Recreation. He also served on the Demand-side Management Advisory Board for Northern States Power Company.
Hansen is a longtime member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, The Wildlife Society, and a participant in the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference.
He is the 2008 winner of the prestigious Keystone Leadership in the Environment Award and the Izaak Walton League’s 54 Founders Award. An author of hundreds of articles on various conservation topics, Hansen is completing a book on conservation success, “Green in Gridlock or Progress: Common Cause for Conservation Success,” which documents the need for engagement, collaboration and compromise.
The lecture is free and open to the public.