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Dr. Frank Cantelmo Presents A Lecture on Solar Power at St. Peter’s
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Aula Paolo VI RooftopThe Center for Catholic Studies presents a Spring 2012 Lecture, entitled Solar Power at St. Peter’s: The Catholic Church and Sustainability. The lecture will be held April 17 at 4 p.m. in the Bishop Dougherty University Center’s Chancellor’s Suite at Seton Hall University, and will be presented by Dr. Frank Cantelmo of St. John’s University. All are welcome to attend, and the event is free of charge. For more information »

About the Lecture
In 2008, the Vatican installed 2,400 photovoltaic panels on the roof of its new audience hall. The project reflects recent efforts by the Vatican to reduce its carbon footprint and increase its energy self-sufficiency. In this talk, Dr. Frank Cantelmo of St. John’s University will review recent church policy on major environmental issues including relevant interventions by the Holy See at the United Nations. In addition, he will provide an update on the solar panel project at the Vatican and summarize preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (“Rio + 20”) taking place June 20 - 22, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

About the Presenter
Frank Cantelmo received his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the City University of New York and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Environmental Studies Program at St. John’s University (New York). He currently teaches a wide range of undergraduate courses including Aquatic Ecology; Ecological Principles, Resource Management, and Sustainable Development. Dr. Cantelmo has planned and conducted many pollution related studies in the New York metropolitan area and has published and presented widely on aquatic resources in the Hudson River. He also serves as an environmental advisor to the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, and is the recipient of seven papal medals from 2004 through 2010 in gratitude for his work.

About the Center for Catholic Studies
Seton Hall University’s Center for Catholic Studies is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture. To that end, it sponsors an undergraduate degree program for students, focusing on interdisciplinary studies, with opportunities for community, service, scholarship and foreign study. The Center is the home of the G.K. Chesterton Institute, the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute, the Micah Institute for Business and Economics and their publications. The Center offers study and research, as well as an ongoing program on faith and culture, social justice, business and the economy, for audiences world-wide. For more information »

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Sarah Adlis
(973) 275-2175


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