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November 7, 2007

Symposium highlights Purdue's research in environmental areas

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue's Center for the Environment and the Ecological Sciences and Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Program will lead a symposium Friday (Nov. 9) to showcase the university's environmental research.

Sustainability and sustainable design will be the overarching theme.

Titled "Keeping the World Green: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainability," the daylong event includes a workshop on ecologically responsible consumers, a poster session of student research and a keynote address by Chris Long, director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Health, Safety and Sustainable Development Program.

"Bringing people together to discuss and take action on environmental issues through innovative research and education is a big part of our mission," said John Bickham, director of  Discovery Park's Center for the Environment.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Long's luncheon talk, titled "Turning the Titanic: A Better World Begins Inside Your Head," is from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Purdue's Stewart Center, Room 302/306. For a complete symposium schedule, go online to: http://www.purdue.edu/dp/ese/symposium/index.html .

"This symposium is designed to stimulate interest and discussion about the various interdisciplinary aspects of sustainability and showcase environmental research on campus," said Brent Ladd, learning and engagement director for the Center for the Environment. "Graduate students from across the campus will present their research and interact with experts in diverse environmental fields."

Paul Cummings, program manager for the Indiana Office of Energy and Defense, will discuss sustainable alternative energy issues from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in Stewart Center, Room 206.

Michael Lykoudis, dean of the School of Architecture at Notre Dame University, will follow with a talk from 11 a.m. to noon on "Building in a Time of Global Warming and After the Oil Age: Sustainable Principles for Architecture & Urbanism in the 21st Century."

Kim Carlson, chief executive officer of Cities Management and a media personality on NBC-TV and Voice America Network, will lead the Responsible Eco-Consumer Workshop from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 206.

Robin Mills Ridgway, an environmental regulatory consultant for Purdue, will follow at 4:30 p.m. with a brief discussion about the university's sustainable environmental programs.

Writer: Phillip Fiorini, (765) 496-3133, pfiorini@purdue.edu

Sources:   John Bickham, (765) 494-5146, bickham@purdue.edu

Brent Ladd, (765) 494-1949, laddb@purdue.edu

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