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E-M:/ Clean Car Author to speak in Michigan

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News Release

Will Detroit Go Green?
Who'll Win the Race to Build the Car of the Future

Automotive journalist and environmental editor Jim Motavalli will give presentations at four events in Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Grand Rapids on January 23-25. Mr. Motavalli will be speaking about the future generation of cleaner cars and the driving forces behind their creation.

Jim Motavalli is the editor of E Magazine and the author of the forthcoming Forward Drive: The Race to Build the Car of the Future. Motavalli also writes a syndicated weekly auto review and a periodic column for the New York Times' "Cars" section. While environmentalists charge that the automobile may be the single most environmentally damaging invention in human history, automakers can now build driver-friendly, high-mileage, low-emission cars and trucks using cleaner manufacturing processes. Motavalli will speak about the race between U.S. and foreign automakers to build cleaner cars for a mass market.

On Sunday, January 23, 2000, Motavalli will keynote the annual meeting of the Ecology Center. The meeting will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., in the Michigan League, 911 N. University, in Ann Arbor. The meeting is open to the general public, and admission is free. On Monday, January 24, Motavalli will give a 3:00 p.m. presentation in East Lansing, at a location to be announced. Later that day, he will give a talk at the University of Michigan's Dana Building in Ann Arbor. On Tuesday, January 25, he will speak at the Auditorium of the Applied Technology Center at Grand Rapids Community College.

All events are sponsored by the Ecology Center. The Dana Building event is co-sponsored by U-M's Corporate Environmental Management Program. The Grand Rapids event is co-sponsored by the West Michigan Environmental Action Council and the Center for Environmental Studies.

For more information about any of the events, please call (734) 761-3186 ext. 104 or (734) 663-2400 ext. 116.

The Ecology Center is a regional nonprofit organization which promotes a just and healthy environment through grassroots organizing, education, advocacy, and demonstration projects. The Center is also the parent organization of Recycle Ann Arbor, one of the country's largest community-based recycling programs.

Mike Garfield (734) 761-3186 ext. 104
Charles Griffith (734) 663-2400 ext. 116.

Mike Garfield
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 761-3186 ext. 104
(734) 663-2414 (fax)

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