A reception to honor Edward Mazria, 2010 Distinguished Alumnus of the School of Architecture and Planning, takes place on Friday, Oct. 8 in Pearl Hall Auditorium at 5 p.m. The reception is followed by Mazria's lecture, "America: On the Brink," from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture discusses three profound, world-altering events that are converging to create a crossroads of the most significant crisis and the greatest opportunity in modern times: the warming of the earth's atmosphere by burning fossil fuels, the rapid depletion of global petroleum and natural gas reserves and the current long recession. As these events intensify, they will dramatically change how we live, build and relate to the natural world.

The lecture is an eye-opening presentation that illustrates the powerful role of the building sector in creating and alleviating many crises facing America today. His keynote provides attendees with an understanding of the 2030 Challenge, the historic transformation of the building sector currently underway, and the magnitude of the opportunity to address the energy, climate change and economic crises.

As an internationally recognized architect, author and educator, Mazria's award-winning architecture and planning projects span more than 35 years, each employing a cutting-edge environmental approach to design. Most recently, Mazria has reshaped the national and international dialogue on climate change to incorporate building design and the building sector. He is the founder of Architecture 2030, an innovative and flexible research organization focused on rapidly transforming the U.S. and global building sector from the major energy consumer and contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central part of the solution to the global-warming, energy and economic crises.

Architecture 2030 developed and issued the 2030 Challenge, a measured and achievable strategy to dramatically reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and fossil-fuel consumption by the year 2030.

Media contact: Carolyn Gonzales, 277-5920; e-mail: cgonzal@unm.edu