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March 9, 2007 - The Wege Foundation and Aquinas College present Denis Hayes, leading environmental activist and proponent of solar power, as the speaker at the Eleventh Annual Wege Foundation Speaker Series lecture on Tuesday, March 27 at 4 p.m. in Aquinas College's Performing Arts Center, 1703 Robinson Road S.E. Hayes will speak on America's Energy Future. A reception will follow. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

Denis Hayes has been selected by TIME magazine as a “Hero of the Planet.” Currently President and CEO of The Bullitt Foundation in Seattle, Washington, Hayes is probably still best known for having been National Coordinator of the first Earth Day when he was 24. Hayes is internationally recognized for expanding the Earth Day Network to more than 180 nations. Earth Day is now the world’s most widely observed secular holiday.

Hayes is a seasoned veteran of many environmental legislative and litigation victories over the years. During the Carter Administration, Denis directed the federal National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He has been a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a senior fellow at the Worldwatch Institute, an adjunct professor of engineering at Stanford University, and a Silicon Valley lawyer.

Denis has received the national Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Public Service as well as the highest awards bestowed by the Sierra Club, The Humane Society of the United States, the National Wildlife Federation, the Natural Resources Council of America, the Global Environmental Facility of the World Bank, the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, and the American Solar Energy Society.

He has served on dozens of governing boards, including those of Stanford University, the World Resources Institute, the Federation of American Scientists, The Energy Foundation, Children Now, the National Programming Council for Public Television, the American Solar Energy Society, Greenpeace, CERES, and the Environmental Grantmakers Association. He continues to chair the board of the international Earth Day Network.

Individuals who have spoken at the Wege Foundation Speaker Series in the past:

James Gustave "Gus" Speth, dean of the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, author of Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment

William Reilly, chairman, World Wildlife Fund, president and CEO of Aqua International, former administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Christine Ervin, president and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council

John L. Knott Jr., CEO of Noisette Company and CEO/managing director of Dewees Island, Isle of Palms, South Carolina

B. Joseph White, former interim president of the University of Michigan

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., environmental activist, chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper and author

Harry C. Payne, Ph.D., president emeritus of Williams College

William McDonough, dean of the school of architecture, University of Virginia

Herman E. Daly, Ph.D., renowned economist at the University of Maryland and author of "Steady-State Economics"

The Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus University of Notre Dame.