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E-M:/ Muskegon - Environmental ethics meeting planned

04/02/08 MUSKEGON -- Muskegon Community College is hosting three events Thursday and Friday as part of an environmental ethics conference.

The conference begins at 7 p.m. Thursday with a presentation by Michigan State University philosophy professor Paul B. Thompson. His talk, titled "Rethinking Sustainability," will explore the issue of sustainability and how it relates to environmental issues, such as the debate over Great Lakes water withdrawals.

A panel discussion featuring several experts on environmental issues will be Friday at 9 a.m. Panelists will discuss local environmental issues, values and solutions. Speakers include: Andy Wible, MCC philosophy instructor; Alan Steinman, director of Grand Valley State University's Water Resources Institute; Tanya Cabala, local environmental activist of Great Lakes Consulting; and Chris Bedford, of the Center for Economic Security in Montague.

There will be a question-and-answer session with the audience following the panel discussion.

At 10:30 a.m., Frank Ruswick, senior policy advisor for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, will present a talk entitled "The Ethical Dilemmas of a Faceless Bureaucrat." Ruswick will discuss the dynamics within the MDEQ and how ethical dilemmas arise and are resolved.

During the conference, posters created by MCC Environmental Ethics students will be on display for review and discussion.

The conference is free and open to the public. All events will be in Room 1100 of the Stevenson Center at MCC. The conference was made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.

MCC's Ethics Institute was created in 2006 by Wible to help students and the public explore critical moral issues and examine possible solutions to complex societal problems.

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