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MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Freed
561-297-3022, lfreed@fau.edu

Al Gore Training Project Taps Member of FAU Community as Global Warming Messenger

            BOCA RATON, FL (April 27, 2007) - MaryBeth Burton, assistant director of Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions, recently completed a rigorous training program, sponsored by The Climate Project and led by former Vice President Al Gore, to spread the message about the threat of and solutions to global warming.

            “MaryBeth is an outstanding example of the millions of Americans who have been energized by the call to action on the climate crisis,” said Gore.   “We are so pleased that she has made a serious commitment to this challenge by coming to Nashville to become part of this unprecedented grassroots effort.”

“MaryBeth will be spending the next year making presentations in and around South Florida, discussing how individuals and businesses, schools, and other organizations can be a major part of the solution to the growing crisis of global warming,” continued Gore.

            Burton was part of a select group of individuals chosen to receive this important training April 9-11.    Each trainee took part in an intensive tutorial about issues surrounding global warming, led by Gore and a team of renowned scientists and environmental educators.    In addition, each received technical training to become experienced presenters of a version of Gore’s computer-based slide show, which became the basis of his best-selling book and documentary film, “An Inconvenient Truth.”

“I am excited to be a volunteer with the Climate Project and am eager to educate South Floridians about the Global Warming crisis and to empower them to make changes in their personal lives and communities to solve this issue,” said Burton.

For more information, contact the climate project director, Jenny Clad, at 615-321-4939 or jennyclad@gmail.com, or MaryBeth Burton at FAU at 954-762-5261 or mburton@fau.edu.

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