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Sustainable Ag Lecture Series - Spring 2014

Each term, the Center for Sustainability hosts a public lecture and/or event highlighting topics in sustainable agriculture, food or resource management.

"The Landscape of Green Labeling"

Dr. Robert Hrubes
Scientific Certification Systems Global Services

Thursday, May 15
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Bldg 8 - Rm 123
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
FREE and Open to the Public

Please join us for this special lecture that will be presented as part of Cal Poly's Ecosystem Management class
(NR 465). Dr. Hrubes will share his ground-breaking international experience in the development of sustainability certifications now used widely in a diverse cross-section of the agri-food-fiber industries. Come learn about the significance of these new systems for industry and consumers alike.


Robert Hrubes
is Executive Vice President of SCS Global Services where he has principal responsibility for leading the company's natural resource management and chain-of-custody programs. Dr. Hrubes is a registered professional forester and resource economist with over 35 years of professional experience in both the private and public sectors, and is an internationally recognized expert in natural resources management and environmental certification. In addition to being principal architect of the ground-breaking SCS Forest Conservation Program, he participated as a founding member in the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), helping to design that certification program. Maintaining his role as a hands-on certification practitioner, he has served as team leader on evaluations of forest management operations worldwide, and has served as auditor on numerous chain-of-custody certification evaluations. He works closely with Cal Poly's Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department and Swanton Pacific Ranch and currently serves as a Center for Sustainability advisory board member. He has also served on the Working Group of the Climate Action Reserve Forest Project Protocol. Dr. Hrubes travels widely, speaking about such topics as forestry, carbon offsets and environmental labeling, and has written numerous peer reviewed articles and papers.

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