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Influential Activist Mary Anne Hitt to Present Annual Heinze Lecture at YHC

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Author: John Daniels
Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
(706) 379-5310,

Influential Activist Mary Anne Hitt to Present Annual Heinze Lecture at Young Harris College

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Mary Anne Hitt, director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, will present the annual Heinze Lecture at Young Harris College on Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Through her lecture, titled “Beyond Coal: Building America's Clean Energy Future,” Hitt will share her views on coal pollution, climate change, the rise of clean energy and economic transition in regions with ties to the coal industry.

As director of the Beyond Coal Campaign, Hitt works to eliminate pollution from coal and repower the United States with clean energy. 

Prior to her time at the Sierra Club, Hitt worked on Appalachian coal issues for more than a decade, serving as executive director of the Ecology Center, the Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project and Appalachian Voices, where she helped to create an award-winning campaign to end mountaintop removal.

Hitt received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and her master of science degree from the University of Montana. She was named one of the 10 most influential people of 2013 by SNL Energy and was listed as part of Washingtonian Magazine’s “The New Guard: People Who are Shaping Washington.” 

Originally from the mountains of east Tennessee, Hitt currently resides in West Virginia with her family.

The annual Heinze Lecture brings speakers to campus to discuss themes and ideas that encourage college spirit and offer inspiration to the entire college community. Traditionally, the lecture focuses on Southern or Appalachian topics. Past events include lectures, concerts and community projects.

For more information about this event, call (706) 379-5139.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit