Noted Author, Freshwater Expert Sandra Postel to
Keynote The FUND for Lake George’s Annual Meeting on July 6
LAKE GEORGE, NY — is pleased to announce that , one of the world’s foremost authorities on freshwater stewardship, will be the keynote speaker at its Annual Meeting on Saturday, July 6, at the Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing.
An internationally recognized authority and change agent, Ms. Postel is director of the and author of . From 2009-2015, she served as Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society, where she co-created , the water stewardship initiative awarded the 2017 US Water Prize for restoring billions of gallons of water to depleted rivers, aquifers and wetlands.
“Sandra speaks passionately and pointedly of the tremendous challenges facing the world’s fresh waters today, but ultimately her experience is one of hope and optimism, and will provide great inspiration for the work our community is doing to keep Lake George clear and clean forever,” said Eric Siy, executive director of The FUND for Lake George.
“As co-creator of Change the Course, Sandra championed the practice of bringing the public, the business community and conservation organizations together for a common purpose,” said FUND Board Chairman Jeff Killeen. “Innovative partnerships like this are a key part of The FUND’s Model for Enduring Protection, and we look forward to learning from her success.”
A Long Island native, Ms. Postel said she is familiar with the work of The FUND and is eager to learn more about its partnership with IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on The Jefferson Project, the groundbreaking collaboration that has been steadily assembling the world’s most advanced environmental monitoring system to inform sustained protection of Lake George.
“Partnerships like The Jefferson Project are extremely important to protecting water quality and availability for the long term,” Ms. Postel said. “Looking ahead, we’re going to have to apply the very best of our ingenuity, our technological capabilities and our scientific understanding to solve our water problems. It’s essential.”
“Joined by their many public and private partners, The FUND’s science-guided approach demonstrates what the future of freshwater protection looks like. I’m really excited to share my perspective and to meet many of the people contributing to the success of this vital work,” she added.
Ms. Postel has authored four books and numerous articles for scholarly and popular publications, including Science, Natural History, and Scientific American. Her first book, Last Oasis, served as the basis for a PBS documentary. She appeared in the BBC’s Planet Earth, Leonardo DiCaprio’s The 11th Hour, and the National Geographic Channel’s Breakthrough series.
Ms. Postel previously served as vice president for research at the Worldwatch Institute. She has taught water policy courses at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, as well as at Mt. Holyoke College, where she also directed the Center for the Environment. She has been named a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment, and one of the Scientific American 50, an award recognizing contributions to science and technology. She received a B.A. (summa cum laude) in geology and political science at Wittenberg University and an M.E.M. with emphasis on resource economics and policy at Duke University. She has been awarded several honorary Doctor of Science degrees, as well as the Duke University School of Environment’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
The FUND for Lake George’s Annual Meeting at the Sagamore Resort is open to the public. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the meeting to follow from 9-11. Reservations are required and can be made at or by calling (518) 668-9700.
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About The FUND for Lake George: is the leading organization dedicated to protecting The Queen of American Lakes, through its innovative management model combining unprecedented partnerships; innovative science-guided projects; and direct investment in lake-protection efforts. In recent years The FUND has invested $7 million to curb invasive species, reduce the use of road salt, and abate the threats of wastewater and stormwater pollution. The FUND is a partner with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and IBM in The Jefferson Project, the world’s most advanced environmental monitoring system, whose data is driving many of the science-guided solutions currently in place in and around the lake. The FUND is also a founding member of The S.A.V.E. Lake George Partnership, a coalition of elected officials and regional organizations that has spearheaded efforts to reduce road salt use around the Lake and prevent the introduction of invasive species.