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Engineers Without Borders to host lecture on community-led sustainable development projects

February 10, 2011 -- MSU News Service

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Cliff Montagne, a professor in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences at Montana State University, will discuss contemporary issues in community-led sustainable development projects at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Museum of the Rockies' Hager Auditorium.

Montagne is also co-founder of Bioregions International, an international development organization working to empower the nomadic people of Mongolia to survive in a rapidly changing world. Montagne will draw on his experiences working in Mongolia, as well as in Mali, Russia and with Native American communities, to discuss methods of entering a different culture with an open mind and using a holistic management process to allow creativity in development work.

Montagne's lecture is the first of a four-part series focused on contemporary issues in sustainable development. The series is hosted by Engineers Without Borders at MSU, a student-run organization that provides clean water and sanitary latrines to schools in Kenya.

Since 2004, more than 75 MSU students have traveled to the Khwisero District in rural western Kenya through EWB. To date, the students have drilled seven wells and built six composting latrines in an effort to decrease the rate of waterborne illnesses and allow young students to spend more time in school instead of spending hours each day collecting water for their families. EWB at MSU's long-term goal is to provide clean water and sanitary latrines to each of 58 primary schools in Khwisero.

For more information, contact Joe Thiel at or (208) 681-4658.

Joe Thiel, or (208) 681-4658