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BP exec to deliver Taplin Lecture, Oct. 4

John Browne, group chief executive of the oil firm BP, will speak about "Powers and Responsibilities  the Role of Corporations in Human Progress" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, in McCosh 50.

The talk is part of the Frank and Peggy Taplin Environmental Lecture series and part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Princeton Environmental Institute. The talk will be followed at 5:45 p.m. by a reception in McCosh courtyard.

Under Browne's leadership in 1998, BP announced a commitment to reduce its emissions of the heat-trapping gases that cause global warming to 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2010. The company met the target eight years early at no net cost, according to BP. In 2000, BP donated $15 million to Princeton to establish the Carbon Mitigation Initiative, a 10-year effort to investigate science and technology for solving the global greenhouse gas problem.

The Taplin Environmental Lecture is an annual event that brings leaders from around the world to discuss pressing environmental issues. The Princeton Environmental Institute coordinates environmental research, education and outreach at Princeton and is home to the Carbon Mitigation Initiative. More information about the anniversary celebration is available on the institute's Web site .

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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