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For Immediate Release		         		 		 Contact: Lillian Randolph
February 7, 2000				                                                         (313) 833-4869 

Eco-Industrial Conference and Roundtable, March 14-15, will bring industry experts to Detroit to explore options for Michigan and Ohio development

As federal environmental standards become more stringent, business and industry are challenged to find ways of reducing pollution while remaining competitive — often these goals are seen as incompatible. At the same time, local governments and community groups struggle to increase quality of life for urban residents, retain jobs, strengthen the tax base and foster sustainable communities.  Now, imagine a factory whose waste can be recycled into the building materials for a neighboring factory.  This symbiotic relationship embodies the principles of eco-industrial development.  The field of eco-industrial development presents timely, intelligent solutions to the dilemmas facing business and industry.  These solutions are coming to Detroit. 

The Eco-Industrial Conference and Roundtable will bring national experts to Cobo Conference and Exhibition Center on March 14-15, 2000 to examine eco-industrial development and its potential to redevelop brownfield sites in Detroit and other urban areas throughout Ohio and Michigan.

Eco-industrial development strategies are already being studied by the Detroit Empowerment Zone's Southwest Detroit Contaminated Sites Demonstration Task Force as a method to redevelop brownfield sites in its Southwest Detroit Empowerment and Renaissance Zones.

Recently emerging, eco-industrial parks and networks have been very successful in attracting tenants, creating networks and generating new jobs. No two sites are alike since eco-industrial approaches draw on local strengths and imagination. They can be applied in urban and rural settings and work on brownfield or greenfield developments.
The conference runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 14; a conference fee of $100 includes breakfast, lunch and materials. A companion technical assistance roundtable for community planners, real estate and community developers, and government regulators follows, also at Cobo Center, on March 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m; the roundtable costs an additional $100. An agenda, list of speakers and registration information is available at the conference Web site: http://www.msue.msu.edu/wayne/eco-conference.html 

Experts from Cornell University will provide an overview of eco-industrial developments, including the basic principles of industrial ecology. Urban and rural communities seeking a new marriage between the environment and business to transform brownfield sites and other underutilized land can now draw on the comprehensive resources of Cornell University, Michigan State University and the Economic Development Administration.  

The Eco-Industrial Conference and Roundtable is hosted by the Southwest Detroit Contaminated Sites Redevelopment Demonstration Task Force, City of Detroit, Michigan State University Extension-Wayne County, Work and Environment Initiative of Cornell University, and U.S. Economic Development Administration.
The conference is supported by the National Wildlife Federation, the Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, the Southwest Detroit Business Association,  the Eastside Industrial Council, the Jefferson East Business Association, NTH Consultants, Horizon Environmental and the Greater Detroit American Heritage River Initiative.

Rachel Cohen,  Brownfields Coordinator
National Wildlife Federation
506 E. Liberty St. 2nd Floor
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: (734) 769-3351 
Fax: (734) 769-1449 
Email: cohen@nwf.org

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