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Reporting on Michigan's Sprawl
- Subject: Reporting on Michigan's Sprawl
- From: Poulsondav@aol.com
- Date: Tue, 4 May 1999 22:58:52 EDT
- List-Name: GLIN-Announce
I'd appreciate it if list members could forward this announcement to
Michigan journalists who could benefit. Thanks. Dave Poulson
THE SOCIETY OF ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISTS PRESENTS:
Reporting on Michigan's S P R A W L
You've seen Al Gore's sustainability schtick in Detroit this week. Now
report the Michigan angle. This conference for Michigan journalists explains
the hottest news story in the state - how Michigan uses its land.
Reporters will gain leads and facts for local stories, columnists will
gain opinion-forming insights, editors will learn how best to cover an issue
that pervades their readers' lives. And they'll all get a chance to ask a
bipartisan panel of lawmakers why the state lacks a coherent land use policy.
See list of speakers below.
When: 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday, May 24
Why: Well hey, this stuff is important to your readers. And it's tricky to
Who: If you're reporting, you're writing about land use. There isn't a beat
in the newsroom that isn't tied to it.
Where: Michigan Library and Historical Center, Lansing
How: Send $20 to the Society of Environmental Journalists, P.O. Box 27280,
Philadelphia, PA. 19118 and tell them you are registering for the Michigan
Questions: Contact conference coordinator David Poulson, Booth Newspapers,
517 487 8888, firstname.lastname@example.org or SEJ at 215 836 9970.
Sponsors: SEJ, Michigan State University's Knight Center for Environmental
Journalism, the Kellogg Foundation, the Michigan Press Association.
David Rusk is a national urban expert who has done extensive research on
Michigan cities. His just published book, "Inside Game Outside Game, Winning
Strategies for Saving Urban America" explains the failure of urban programs
nationwide, and sets a vision for linking the fate of cities to managing
growth in the suburbs and countryside. He is a former mayor of Albuquerque, a
former state lawmaker in New Mexico and a former U.S. Labor Department
official. Rusk lives in Washington D.C., and has written two other books,
"Cities Without Suburbs" and "Baltimore Unbound."
Bill Rustem, senior vice president of Public Sector Consultants. Rustem is
the former environmental adviser to Gov. William Milliken. Milliken, perhaps
Michigan's most prescient governor on environmental issues, once called land
use his greatest public policy failure.
Keith Schneider, executive director of the Michigan Land Use Institute, is a
former New York Times environmental reporter.
Jim Detjen, director of Michigan State University's Knight Center for
Environmental Journalism, is a former Philadephia Inquirer environmental
Jim Fuerstenau is director of Michigan Farm Bureau's new program for farmland
Dr. Kurt Norgaard, Michigan State University agricultural economist and
expert on the economics of Michigan land use.
Keith Charters, chairman of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission and
director of New Designs for Growth. His take is that efficient land use is a
Republican, conservative and business-driven issue.
Lee Schwartz, assistant vice president of legislation and policy for the
Michigan Association of Homebuilders, a powerful statewide lobbying group for
Kevin Korpi, director of environmental and regulatory affairs for the
Michigan Chamber of Commerce, a statewide business organization that made
land use a legislative priority this year.