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Experts to discuss environmental sustainability at MSU

Posted on behalf of Jim Detjen <detjen@pilot.msu.edu>


Is it possible to design a 21st Century world in which economic develop
can occur without harming the environment?

This is the topic that 15 environmental experts will address this fall
as part of a lecture series being held at Michigan State University
(MSU) in East Lansing, Michigan. The lectures have been organized as
part of an undergraduate course entitled "visions of a sustainable
society." All talks are free and open to students, faculty, staff and
the public.

The series, which is being organized by the MSU Environmental Journalism
Program, will be held from 4:10 to 5 p.m. each Tuesday from Sept. 8 to
Dec. 8 in room 129 of Hubbard Hall on the east end of the campus. The
Oct. 20 lecture will be held at Urban Options, 405 Grove St., East

Among the speakers will be experts on climate change, population,
agriculture, food, economics, forestry, fisheries, building design,
resource development, solid wastes, energy, wildlife, political science
and journalism.

"One of the greatest challenges in the 21st Century will be figuring out
ways to provide jobs and a strong economy while protecting the
environment," said Jim Detjen, director of the MSU Environmental
Journalism Program, which organized the lecture series. "Each speaker
will discuss efforts underway in their fields to bring about an
'environmentally sustainable' world."

The "visions of a sustainable society" course is part of an
innovative program at MSU known as the Residential Initiative for the
Study of the Environment (RISE). Undergraduate students interested in
studying environmental issues and pursuing careers in environmental
fields live together in the same dormitory. Jane Rice is director of the
RISE program. The lectures and course are being supported by a grant
from Robert Huggett, the Vice President for Research and Graduate
Studies at MSU.

The lecture series will begin on Sept. 8 with a talk by Terry Link,
a MSU librarian, who will talk about MSU Green, a campus-wide effort to
promote environmental considerations in decision making at MSU.

He will be followed on Sept. 15 by Jeff Riedinger, a MSU political
science professor, who will discuss political issues affecting the
development of an environmentally-sustainable world.

On Sept. 22 Thomas Carroll, director of MSU's Center for Advanced
Study of International Development, will talk about global population

The following week, Sept. 29, Tom Stanton, who works for the
Michigan Public Service Commission, will discuss energy issues.

On Oct. 6 Peter Pasterz, MSU's recycling coordinator, will discuss
recycling and solid waste issues.

Scott Swinton, a professor in the MSU Agricultural Economics
Department, will talk about designing policies for food and agriculture
on Oct. 13.

On Oct. 20 the class will meet at Urban Options, 405 Grove St.,
East Lansing where Leroy Harvey will discuss solar energy and
sustainable building design. Harvey is executive director of Urban
Options, a non-profit educational organization, that promotes the
development of energy-efficient and environmentally-sustainable

Cynthia Fridgen, chair of the MSU resource development department,
will discuss human dimensions of sustainability on Oct. 27.

On Nov. 3 Richard Harwood, holder of the Mott Chair for Sustainable
Agriculture at MSU, will discuss efforts to develop agricultural methods
that are not harmful to the environment.

Jay Harman, a MSU geography professor, will talk about global
warming and depletion of the ozone layer, on Nov. 10.

David Long, a MSU geological sciences professor, will discuss
international water issues on Nov. 17.

Tracy Dobson, a professor in the fisheries and wildlife department
at MSU, will discuss efforts to design sustainable policies for
fisheries and wildlife in Malawi, Africa on Nov. 24.

On Dec. 1 Bob Haack, the project leader for the U.S. Forest Service
in East Lansing, will discuss sustainable forestry issues.

The series will conclude with a discussion of the role the media
can play in writing about environmental issues and developing a
sustainable world on Dec. 8. This topic will be discussed by Detjen,
Knight Professor in Environmental Journalism, and Ike Iyioke, a graduate
student in the MSU journalism department.

(For more information contact Jim Detjen at 517-353-9479 or Barb
Miller, assistant to the Knight chair, at 517-432-1415.)

Jim Detjen
Knight Chair in Journalism
Director, Environmental Journalism Program
MSU School of Journalism
341 Communication Arts
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1212
Phone (517) 353-9479
Fax (517) 355-7710