UVA Club of Washington DC: Earth Week Activist Lit

UVA Club of Washington DC: Earth Week Activist Lit

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Earth Week Activist Lit: Joined by Author Bobby Whitescarver and moderated by Nancy Stoner (CLAS ’82), President of the PRKN

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For the Service Committee’s next Activist Lit topic, and in honor of Earth Week, all alumni, parents, and friends are invited to join us as we host an online meeting to discuss “Swoope Almanac: Stories of Love, Land, and Water, in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley", written by Robert Whitescarver. You can purchase the book here.

We are thrilled that our discussion will be enhanced by the participation of the author and moderated by Nancy Stoner (CLAS ’82), President of the Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN). Participants are also encouraged to join us at PRKN’s river clean-up scheduled for Saturday, April 24th (see more information here).

Space is limited so please sign up ASAP. Zoom meeting login instructions will be provided only to registrants and not published online.

*Activist Lit was created to gather Hoos to read about and discuss a social issue. However, if you don’t have a chance to read or finish the book, you are still welcome to join the discussion!

About the Book and Author:

"Swoope Almanac: Stories of Love, Land, and Water, in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley"

Join Bobby and experience the surge of life’s energy in spring, the healing power of trees, and life on the farm with a ninth-generation, calf-roping farmer. Restoring streams, wildlife habitat, and soil are core themes that weave through this journal. Here’s Nancy’s endorsement: "If you like to be entertained while you are learning about farm management techniques that protect water resources, [this book] is for you. Bobby’s descriptions of his wife (Jeanne, Princess of Swoope), his cattle, and his challenges are laugh out loud funny, but his love of the land and the water in Swoope is nothing to laugh at. Nor is his knowledge of the science. Bobby is a great steward of the land. He knows science, knows animal husbandry, knows conservation, and knows how to write about all of the above in an engaging way.”

Robert “Bobby” Whitescarver is a beef cattle farmer, watershed restoration consultant, award-winning writer, and educator. Retired from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service with 31 years of field experience, Bobby teaches natural resources management at James Madison University (JMU) and is president of a private environmental consulting firm. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Agronomy and has an MPA from JMU. Last year, he and his wife, Jeanne Hoffman were selected as soil health champions by the National Association of Conservation Districts. Bobby and Jeanne excluded cattle from the streams on their farm and installed riparian buffers in 2004. Bobby has helped farmers in Virginia exclude cattle from over 600 miles of streams.

About Nancy Stoner (CLAS '82):

Nancy Stoner is President of Potomac Riverkeeper Network. One of the nation’s most experienced water policy experts, Nancy has a rich and distinguished background in protecting our nation’s water.

Nancy began her career as an attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, where she litigated and analyzed legislative proposals on a broad range of environmental and natural resource statutes. She also worked for many years at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where she recently served as Acting Assistant Administrator for Water. In that position, Nancy managed the agency’s program for implementing the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act nationwide to protect surface water resources and ensure the safety of tap water, supervising a staff of more than 600 and a budget of more than $3 billion in grants, loans, and contract support. She also supervised the development of national rules to protect surface waters, drinking water sources and tap water, and represented the agency in congressional hearings, national conferences, symposia, and press conferences. Nancy also served as Co-Director, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, where she co-directed a national program to promote sound water resource management nationally and in specific watersheds, such as the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, and Anacostia River.

Nancy most recently served as Water Program Director and Senior Fellow for the Pisces Foundation where she developed the foundation’s strategy to protect freshwater resources in the U.S. using integrated water management (IWM) to maximize the value from water resources for people and nature. She also supervised a $7 million investment annually to implement IWM in urban and agricultural watersheds.

Nancy graduated from the Yale Law School, New Haven, CT and was awarded a Juris Doctorate in 1986. She was also awarded a Bachelor of Arts with Highest Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

For more information on this event, please contact Katrina Foelsche (CLAS '99) at uvaservice@dchoos.org.

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This event is #open to all alumni, parents, and friends.

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