In conjunction with the Colleges' celebration of Earth Week, Philippe Cousteau Jr., the chief executive officer of EarthEcho International, a non-profit organization that encourages youth to take action to protect and restore the planet's water, will bring the spring 2011 President's Forum series to a close.
The son of Jan and Philippe Cousteau, Sr. and grandson of the legendary Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Philippe is also the co-founder of Azure Worldwide, a strategic environmental design, development and marketing company.
Cousteau serves as the chief ocean correspondent for the Animal Planet and Plant Green channels. With these networks, Cousteau has worked on several documentaries focused on water and oceans. Recently, he hosted the series "Oceans," produced by the Discovery Channel and the BBC. At the Discovery Channel, he serves as the chief spokesperson for environmental education. He has written articles for - and been featured in - a number of notable publications including National Geographic.
Cousteau serves on the board of directors of The Ocean Conservancy, Marine Conservation Biology Institute, the National Environmental Education Foundation, and the Advisory Board of Discovery Communications Inc.'s Planet Green. He holds a master's degree in history from the University of St. Andrews.