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Leilani Münter at Daytona, photo by: Douglas E. Murray Leilani Münter at Daytona, photo by: Douglas E. Murray

Eco-Athlete Gives GreenFest Keynote

Top 10 female car racer and environmentalist Leilani Münter will speak March 20.
By Lorena Nava Ruggero

Leilani Münter is a lesson in contradiction — she's one of the world's best female race car drivers, but she's also an environmentalist. 

"Never underestimate a vegetarian hippie chick with a race car." 

But, she's found a balance to her personal and professional pursuits. For every race she's been in since 2007, Münter has purchased an acre of rainforest. Outside of racing, she is politically active and has visited Washington D.C. several times to speak on behalf of clean energy legislation. 

Her motto easily summarizes who she is: "never underestimate a vegetarian hippie chick with a race car." 

Münter's next speaking engagement will bring her to San Diego State, where she will deliver the GreenFest keynote address at 4 - 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center. The event is free and open to the public.

She will also be in attendance at the GreenFest Green Lunch Bag Series held at noon in Scripps Cottage. The event will feature an organic vegan lunch. It is also free and open to the public.

About GreenFest

Presented by Associated Students of SDSU, GreenFest is a week of events that encourages, celebrates and advocates for sustainability, Aztec pride and diversity. The purpose of GreenFest is to engage the campus community through social and interactive programs in an effort to educate them on the importance of living a sustainable lifestyle and to promote sustainable practices. Learn more on the GreenFest website.  

About Leilani Münter 

Leilani Münter is University of California San Diego biology graduate turned professional race car driver and environmental activist. Discovery's Planet Green named her the No. 1 Eco Athlete in the world. She is a recipient of ELLE Magazine's 2012 Genius Award and Sports Illustrated named her one of the top ten female race car drivers in the world. Learn more about Münter on her website.