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Boston, MA – April 28, 2016 – The Trustees today announced that Chip Giller, founder & CEO of Grist, the critically acclaimed, nonprofit, online environmental news and commentary magazine, will be giving his engaging, personal talk ‘So This Climate Walks Into a Bar’ at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square. This talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibition From the Sea to the Mountains: The Trustees 125th Anniversary, co-curated by the Leventhal Map Center and The Trustees, currently showing in the Leventhal Map Center Gallery and free to the public through August 28, 2016. The talk and exhibition are both part of The Trustees’ year long celebration commemorating the organization’s 125th Anniversary as the world’s first land preservation nonprofit and Massachusetts’ largest conservation and preservation organization.
Chip Giller, a Massachusetts native, is known for his use of humor and storytelling around engaging the next generation on environmental issues, including conservation, climate change, and CSA’s. Under Chip’s leadership over the past 15 years, Grist has achieved a monthly audience of 2 million and has inspired 70% of its readers to take action on green issues. At the Boston Public Library this May, he’ll share valuable lessons learned during his time at Grist’s helm and offer his take on how to inform, inspire, and activate a new generation by using an irreverent approach to lighten up the movement.
“Engaging the next generation of conservationists has been a major mission since our founding in 1891 as the world’s first land preservation nonprofit, which we strive to achieve through our 115 properties and more than 4,100 annual programs,” says Barbara Erickson, President & CEO of The Trustees. “We applaud Chip Giller’s great success at Grist in bringing humor and fun into this movement we are so passionate about. He is a trailblazer in the creation of a new generation of people who are informed and engaged in environmental issues and we are delighted that he can share his work this May as a part of The Trustees 125th Anniversary.”
Connie Chin, President of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center adds, “We are delighted that our partnership with The Trustees is leading to Chip Giller’s talk being presented alongside the exhibition From the Sea to the Mountains: The Trustees 125th Anniversary. The Leventhal Map Center stewards maps and tells their stories; The Trustees stewards land and tells its stories; and Chip Giller tells stories that inspire action about environmental causes.”
The lecture will take place in the Boston Public Library’s Abbey Room and is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, visit The Trustees’ website. The exhibition, From the Sea to the Mountains: The Trustees 125th Anniversary will remain open in the Leventhal Map Center Gallery until 8 PM, and is also free and open to the public. Further information about the exhibition is available at http://maps.bpl.org/content/current-exhibitions.
Chip Giller founded Grist in 1999, intent on using a new type of journalism to engage the next generation on environmental issues. Grist, which publishes online, now has an audience of more than 2 million, and has been especially successful reaching readers in their 20s and 30s. Readers follow Grist.org for information, inspiration, and conversation—as well as an injection of much-needed humor. Giller has been honored with a Heinz Award for launching the country’s most influential green media platform, and been named a TIME magazine “Hero of the Environment.” He has been featured for his work in such outlets as Vanity Fair, Newsweek, and Outside, and appeared on broadcast programs including NBC’s Today show. Before launching Grist, Giller was editor of Greenwire, the first environmental news daily. He is a Massachusetts native and currently resides with his family on Vashon Island, outside of Seattle.
The Trustees preserve and care for some of the best of Massachusetts’ natural, scenic, and cultural sites for the public to use and enjoy. Our passion is to engage more people in culture, agriculture, nature, and healthy, active lifestyles, using our properties, our community spaces, and our many programs as a powerful and compelling platform to connect people to places and each other in our increasingly digitized world. As the Commonwealth’s largest conservation and preservation organization and nation’s first land trust founded in 1891 and celebrating our 125th Anniversary this May, we believe in protecting the irreplaceable for everyone, forever. Today, we care for 115 spectacular and diverse reservations spanning more than 26,000 acres– from working farms, landscaped and urban gardens, and community parks, to barrier beaches, forests, campgrounds, inns and historic sites, many of which are National Historic Landmarks – located within minutes of every resident. Funded by our more than 125,000 members and supporters and 1.6 million visitors in 2015, we invite you to get out, get inspired, and find magic in the moment at a Trustees property near you: www.thetrustees.org
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center is ranked among the top 10 map centers in the United States for the size of its collection, the significance of its historic (pre-1900) material, and its advanced digitization program. It is unique among the major collections because it also combines these features with exceptional educational and teacher training programs to advance geographic literacy among students in grades K-12 and enhance the teaching of subjects from history to mathematics to language arts. The collection is also the second largest in the country located in a public library, ensuring unlimited access to these invaluable resources for scholars, educators, and the general public. The Leventhal Map Center, created in 2004, is a nonprofit organization established as a public-private partnership between the Boston Public Library and philanthropist Norman Leventhal. Its mission is to use the Boston Public Library’s permanent collection of 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases and a select group of rare maps collected by Mr. Leventhal for the free enjoyment and education of all through exhibitions, educational programs, and a website that includes thousands of digitized maps at maps.bpl.org. The map collection is global in scope, dating from the 15th century to the present, with a particular strength in maps and atlases of Boston, Massachusetts, and New England. To learn more, visit http://maps.bpl.org/.
The exhibition From the Sea to the Mountains: The Trustees 125th Anniversary opened at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (NBLMC) at the Boston Public Library on Saturday, April 2, 2016 and runs through August 28, 2016, free and open to the public. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center and The Trustees, featuring maps, photographs, and historic items from both collections to document the Trustees 125-year history of stewardship, conservation, and access to 115 properties throughout Massachusetts.