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Bracken Environmental Fund

The Bracken Environmental Fund was created in September of 1997. Before her death, Rosemary Bracken endowed the fund with a $500,000 gift to enhance Ball State's academic environmental programs. The money is to be used to bring visiting scholars to campus, provide faculty research grants and help students work on environmental projects with faculty members.

Rosemary Bracken was the daughter of Frank C. Ball, one of the five brothers who founded Ball Corp. in Muncie and donated the land and buildings for Ball State University in 1918.

Her husband, the late Alexander M. Bracken, was president of Ball State's Board of Trustees for 22 years and was a chairman of Ball Corp. Their son Frank Bracken, currently serves on the Board of Trustees and was U.S. Undersecretary of the Interior under President George H. Bush.

The fund is managed by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Bracken Lectures have included:

J. Carl Ganter
Renowned multimedia journalist J. Carl Ganter whose expertise on the economy and natural resources has put him at the forefront of international solutions to the global freshwater crisis, will deliver this year's Bracken Environmental Lecture at Ball State University.  Ganter, co-founder and director of Circle of Blue, will describe the environmental dimensions and economic consequences of a global water crisis that is simultaneously producing record levels of flooding and drought-influenced scarcity.  Ganter's lecture on March 22, "Our Water Future: Meeting the Challenge of the Century," starts at 7:30 p.m. in the L.A. Pittenger Student Center, Cardinal Hall. It is free, and the public is invited to attend.
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Thomas Friedman
New York Times foreign affairs columnist Tom Friedman will share his outlook on the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy from his new book Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America (September 2008), a number one New York Times bestseller.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Speaker. Bracken Environmental Lecture Series. 'Our Environmental Destiny'. One of Time magazine's 'Heroes for the Planet,' Mr. Kennedy will discuss the role that natural resources play in our work, our health, and our identity as Americans. A passionate environmental speaker, he reminds us that we have a responsibility to protect and preserve our planet for future generations. Mr. Kennedy is chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeepers, senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the former president and now chair of the Waterkeeper Alliance. He is considered the first among a new breed of environmentalists. Mr. Kennedy has worked on environmental issues across the Americas, and has assisted several indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada in successfully negotiating treaties protecting traditional homelands. The New York City watershed agreement, which he negotiated on behalf of environmentalists and New York City watershed consumers, is regarded as an international model in stakeholder consensus negotiations and sustainable development. He also helped lead the fight to turn back the anti-environmental legislation during the 104th Congress.

Paul Hawken
In the Inaugural Bracken Environmental Series Lecture, Paul Hawken discusses ""Natural Capitalism: The Coming Efficiency Revolution" a book co-authored with Amory and Hunter Lovins. Hawken is a respected businessman, environmentalist and author whose books include the best sellers "Growing a Business" and "The Ecology of Commerce," plus "Seven Tomorrows" and "The Next Economy." His books have been published in more than 50 countries and 27 languages.   Hawken chairs The Natural Step, U.S., and co-chairs The Natural Step, International. He has served on the boards of the Point Foundation, which publishes the "Whole Earth Catalog"; Center for Plant Conservation; Friends of the Earth; Trust for Public Land; Ecology Action; and National Audubon Society.   He also co-founded Smith & Hawken, a mail-order gardening supply company known for its environmental initiatives. Hawken has received the Environmental Stewardship Award from the Council on Economic Priorities, the Creative Visionary Award from the International Society of Industrial Design, and the Design in Business Award for environmental responsibility from the American Center for Design. He also was the Small Business Administration's Entrepreneur of the Year in 1990.  Other honors include the Utne Reader 100 ("100 Visionaries Who Could Change Our Lives"), Esquire Magazine's "Best of a Generation," Inc. Magazine's Dream Team ("12 Best Entrepreneurs of the 1980s") and the Metropolitan Home 100 (100 best people, products and ideas that shape our lives).