U-Idaho to Host Sustainability Symposium, Keynote Bill McKibben

Friday, February 25 2011

MOSCOW, Idaho – Registration for the 4th annual President’s Sustainability Symposium opens Friday, Feb. 25. The three-day event, which runs March 30 - April 1 at the University of Idaho, includes lectures, workshops, industry round tables, films and site tours hosted by sustainability experts.

The event is free and open to the public. Online registration is required at http://www.uidaho.edu/sustainabilitysymposium.

This year’s symposium kicks off the evening of Wednesday, March 30, with a keynote lecture from renowned environmentalist and bestselling author Bill McKibben. Through books such as “Deep Economy” and “The End of Nature,” McKibben has informed the public conversation around climate change and building a sustainable society over the last decade. A book signing follows his presentation.

The second day of the symposium, March 31, opens with a plenary session featuring Paul Rowland of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, James Eflin of Ball State University, University of Idaho President Duane Nellis and industry leaders. The session is an exploration of how the transition to an environmentally and socially sustainable economy is impacting goals for higher education and expectations of future graduates.

Following the plenary, participants can choose from five distinct tracks examining sustainability issues around the built environment, sustainability leadership, ecological planning for communities, healthy lifestyles and food systems, and making change happen on college campuses.

The symposium wraps up on Friday, April 1, with a day-long workshop on sustainable community planning led by Randall Arendt – landscape planner, site designer, author, lecturer and an advocate of conservation planning – and a variety of walking tours showcasing sustainability in action around Moscow.

The goal of the President's Sustainability Symposium is to utilize an intimate symposium setting to provide leaders in all societal sectors a venue in which to identify, discuss and understand problems and issues of sustainability and to prepare them to adapt successfully by seizing opportunities. Previous topics have included: transition to sustainable energy systems; water resources management issues in Idaho and the West; and carbon, climate and our environment.

The University of Idaho hosts a student-run Sustainability Center funded through student fees, along with a faculty- and staff-led initiative called Sustainable Idaho. The programs work in tandem to infuse sustainable considerations into the university’s culture, curriculum and operations, and create opportunities for student engagement.

The symposium is sponsored by the University of Idaho Sustainability Center, Sustainable Idaho, College of Art and Architecture, and the Environmental Science Program. For more information and a complete symposium schedule, visit www.uidaho.edu/sustainabilitysymposium.
# # #

About the University of Idaho

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as high research activity. The student population of 12,000 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For more information, visit www.uidaho.edu.

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.