Young speaker to talk about sustainability in Port Townsend next week

Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — A 12-year-old motivational speaker will talk to students and adults about environmental sustainability next Thursday; Friday, May 23; and Saturday, May 24.

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is bringing Milo Cress of Boulder, Colo., to Port Townsend as part of a West Coast tour.

He has garnered a national reputation as an environmental activist and won awards for inventions and for his initiative to reduce plastic waste through a “Be Straw Free” campaign — which he started when he was 9.

On Thursday, he will speak at Port Townsend High School, 1500 Van Ness St., at 11 a.m. and at Blue Heron Middle School, 3939 San Juan Ave., at 2:30 p.m.

Speak at schools

On May 23, he will speak at Sunfield Farm and Waldorf School, 111 Sunfield Lane, Port Hadlock, at 9 a.m. and at Chimacum Elementary School, 91 West Valley Road, at 11 a.m.

On Saturday, he will make a presentation at the Port Townsend Farmers Market, corner of Lawrence and Tyler streets, at 2 p.m.

There, the marine science center plans to give him its inaugural Go Blue! award for collective action on behalf of the environment.

Greet guests

He will greet guests at the marine science center, 532 Battery Way, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the Fort Worden State Park beach.

“He's a very inspiring speaker, especially for young people, and an excellent example of what one person can do,” said Jean Walat, marine science center program director.

For information about the work Milo is doing, visit

For more about his visit to Port Townsend, contact Walat at 360-385-5582, ext. 117, or

Last modified: May 15. 2014 6:01PM
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