"Learning Sustainability - Achieving Environmental, Economic, and Social Well Being"
July 3, 2001
Contact: Jay Burney
The University at Buffalo's Environment and Society Institute and Buffalo's Green Gold Development Corporation are proud to announce "Learning Sustainability- Achieving Environmental, Economic, and Social Well Being ", to be held at the Buffalo Convention Center on October 10-12, 2001.
According to Conference Director Jay Burney, the event is designed to launch a wide regional discussion about the global and local issues of sustainability, as they affect our region in the areas of economics, environment, and social choice. Mr. Burney said "We need to adjust our course for the future to insure that we will continue to have a quality of life that will benefit future generations, and this is a great opportunity for all of us to get started!"
Keynote speaker for the Event will be Dr. Jane Goodall, one of the world's most famous people. An author and lecturer, she is a life long conservationist and primatologist known for her close association with famed paleontologist Dr. Louis Leakey and scientific breakthroughs in Tanzania's Gombe preserve. Her research and writing have made, and are making, revolutionary inroads into scientific thinking regarding the evolution of humans.
Dr. Goodall will be in Buffalo as part of the University at Buffalo's "Distinguished Speaker Series."
Other confirmed speakers include Dr. David Suzuki, author of numerous books on nature and science, and host and producer of television programs including
"The Nature of Things" and "The Sacred Balance" which is currently in production in conjunction with PBS, and which will premier on Canada's CBC TV in the Fall of 2002.
Dr. Paul Hawken, business leader, environmentalist, and author, known as one of the leading architects and proponents of corporate reform with respect to ecological practices. He has written such best-selling books as "The Ecology of Commerce", "Growing a Business" and "Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution." He helped found The Natural Step in the United States and internationally, and advises many major companies on sustainability issues.
Dr. Sylvia Earle, author of the book "Sea Change" and described by conference organizers as the Rachel Carson of the 21st Century. Dr. Earle is the former chief scientist of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association, and she is currently director of Deep Ocean Engineering, a company she founded in 1981, which builds deep ocean submersibles.
Running concurrently with the Learn Sustainability Forum and at the Convention Center, is the Green Gold 2001 Exposition, which will include exhibits from local and national companies that promote sustainable business practices. The Conference and Exposition are designed to help to celebrate the Pan American Centennial by exhibiting and promoting sustainable, cutting edge, future oriented technologies and businesses and ideas. Conference planners see a strong link between the celebration of the anniversary of the Pan-American Exposition and a unique opportunity to reflect upon how the future and progress of civilization was envisioned and showcased a century ago, with how it is envisioned now.
Other presentations and workshops at the three-day event will include "Thinking Like a Region in a Globalized World" and "Creating a Shared Vision for a Sustainable Region."
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