For Immediate Release—Friday, January 19, 2007


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516\

Environmentalist Chad Pregracke to Speak at SUNY Geneseo Jan. 23 About his Work and Volunteerism

Geneseo, N.Y.—Chad Pregracke—who founded and leads an environmental organization named Living Lands & Waters—will give two presentations at the State University of New York at Geneseo this month. 

The first presentation, titled "One Individual Can Make A Difference," will take place from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, in 114 MacVittie College Union. The second presentation, titled "Helping to Clean America's Rivers," will take place from 8-9 p.m. Jan. 23 in 114 MacVittie College Union. Both presentations will document Pregracke's environmental work and the impact one individual's efforts can have on the world.

Many members of the Geneseo community are already familiar with the work Pregracke does and the volunteerism he exhibits. A group of 20 students, faculty members, administrators and community members working through Livingston CARES went to Biloxi, Miss., from Jan. 6-13 to do still much-needed volunteer work after Hurricane Katrina. While in Biloxi, the students restored a group of homes destroyed by the hurricane and visited the families who live in the homes restored by the group in 2006.  Pregracke was working to clean a bay in Biloxi at the same time the group from Geneseo was busy rebuilding homes.

Pregracke's visit helps enhance the college's reputation as an institution that instills in its students the importance of community service and civic responsibility, says Tom Matthews, director of leadership education, development and training at SUNY Geneseo.

"Pregracke is an amazing person and embodies so much of what we are trying to teach to students about how they can really make a difference in the world," says Matthews.

Livingston CARES is a collaborative effort among groups and organizations at SUNY Geneseo and in the Geneseo and Livingston County community to focus relief efforts in Harrison County, Miss., which were devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Pregracke's presentations are free and open to the public.  For more information about Pregracke's work, visit


Written by Joe Mignano, public relations intern in the Office of Communications and Publications.