Reverend Canon Sally Bingham Visits Campus
Posted May 23, 2012
The Reverend Canon Sally Bingham stopped by campus this week while on her way to New York City to receive the The National Audubon Society's Rachel Carson Award for her dedication, talent and energy in advancing environmental education locally and on a global scale. (Her acceptance speech is available below.)
Rev. Bingham shared her vision and passion for the environment with students in the dining hall at the conclusion of Tuesday's lunch. She both aplogized to students for her generation's failure to properly steward the earth and implored them to take the necessary steps to reverse course and live more in balance with our natural resources. It was a powerful message delivered to a rapt and appreciative audience.
"I love what she had to say and the timing was perfect," said Environmental Steward leader Martin Millspaugh. "Students will be packing up soon and trying to figure out what to do with their extra materials. It was great for her to reinforce the importance of the "Three Rs" — Reduce, Reuse and Recycle."
You can read Rev. Bingham's remarks under the Related Files section of this page.
More About Rev. Bingham: The Reverand Canon Sally Bingham is an Episcopal priest and Canon for the Environment in the Diocese of California has been active in the environmental community for twenty-five years. She is also founder and president of The Regeneration Project, which is focused on its Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) campaign, a religious response to global warming. The IPL campaign includes a national network of over 10,000 congregations with affiliated programs in 35 states. She has brought widespread recognition to the link between faith and the environment, and as one of the first faith leaders to fully recognize global warming as a moral issue, she has mobilized thousands of religious people to put their faith into action through energy stewardship and advocacy.
The Rev. Bingham recently joined President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and is a member of the Forum on Children and Nature. She serves on the board of directors of the Environmental Defense Fund, the Environmental Working Group, and the U.S. Climate Action Network as well as the national advisory board for the Union of Concerned Scientists. The Interfaith Power & Light campaign and the Rev. Bingham have received numerous awards including the 2007 U.S. EPA Climate Protection Award, the Purpose Prize, the Energy Globe Award and commendation as a “sacred gift to the planet” by the World Wildlife Fund. The Rev. Bingham was named one of the top
fifteen green religious leaders by Grist magazine and has been recognized as a Climate Hero by Yes!
Magazine. She has received honorary Doctorates of Divinity from the University of the South, The Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and the College of the Holy Cross. Sally is the lead author of Love God Heal Earth, a collection of 21 essays on environmental stewardship by herself and fellow religious leaders, published by St. Lynn’s Press in February 2009.