LOS ANGELES, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES), an organization dedicated to generating knowledge and solving regional and global environmental problems, presents its 2nd Annual An Evening of Environmental Excellence, March 5 at the Beverly Hills home of Jeanne and Anthony N. Pritzker. Event recognizes the extraordinary environmental accomplishments of Al Gore, Former Vice President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Lyn Lear, Co-Founder of the Environmental Media Association. Lawrence Bender, Sydney Holland, Alexandria Jackson, Anthony N. Pritzker and Tina Quinn chair. Event will feature entertainment by Grammy Award-winning artist Jason Mraz and comedian Sarah Silverman. Actress Amy Smart and Carter Oosterhouse host.
"As a climate change scientist, I am greatly appreciative of the efforts of Vice President Gore and Lyn Lear to get the truth out on the global climate crisis," said Glen MacDonald, Ph.D., IoES Director and Professor of Geography, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. "Their contributions are immeasurable and have made a profound impact on how the world tackles growing environmental problems."
Former Vice President Al Gore has been the most critical voice for environmental protection in the last 50 years. From his book, Earth in the Balance, to the Oscar winning documentary, Inconvenient Truth, to receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for his clarion call to the world to act to reduce the impacts of climate change, Vice President Gore has exerted unparalleled global environmental leadership.
Lyn Lear cofounded the Environmental Media Association (EMA) with a mission to mobilize the entertainment industry in a global effort to educate people about critical environmental problems and inspire them to action. With the ever increasing avenues of communication, EMA's role to expose and guide regarding urgent environmental issues and practices allow us to message in a way that is clear and powerful.
The mission of the UCLA IoES is to generate knowledge and solve regional and global environment problems. The IoES educates the next generation of professional and scientific leadership committed to the health of the planet and drives interdisciplinary environment and sustainability initiatives on campus. IoES advises business and policymakers on sustainability and the environment, informing and encouraging discussion about critical environmental issues. Visit www.Environment.UCLA.edu.