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20th Annual Stegner Symposium – Air Quality: Health, Energy and Economics

March 5, 2015 @ 8:00 am - March 6, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

Air Quality: Health, Energy and Economics

March 5-6, 2015

Registration opens mid-January

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
The Stegner Center’s twentieth annual symposium, to be held on March 5 & 6, 2015, will focus on the topic “Air Quality: Health, Energy, and Economics.” Across the nation, great strides have been made addressing air pollution over the last several decades, especially following adoption of the federal Clean Air Act in 1970. Nevertheless, in the West and other parts of the country, air quality remains a vexing environmental, economic, and public health dilemma. Families in polluted areas face increased health impacts, including asthma, businesses choose not to locate because of air quality concerns, and the overall quality of life is diminished. This Symposium will consider the multifaceted problem of air pollution, with panels and speakers addressing the drivers of air pollution, health and environmental impacts, tensions with energy needs and economic develop- ment, its relationship with social structures and ethics, and possible legal and regulatory solutions . The Symposium, as usual, will be interdisciplinary in nature, and include speakers from the sciences and social sciences, academia, government, industry, and the legal profession.

Confirmed speakers include the following:

  • Bryce Bird, Director, Utah Division of Air Quality
  • Sanya Carley, Associate Professor, School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University
  • Kevin Cromar, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine, NYU Lagone Medical Center
  • Penelope Crossley, Professor, University of Sydney
  • Jody Freeman, Archibald Cox Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Alice Kaswan, Professor and Dean’s Circle Scholar, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Michael A. Livermore, Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Ben McAdams, Mayor, Salt Lake County
  • Vickie Patton, General Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Robert Percival, Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and Director, Environmental Law Program, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • C. Arden Pope, Mary Lou Fulton Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Brigham Young University
  • Stephen C. Sands II, Director, External Affairs, Rio Tinto—Kennecott Utah Copper
  • David B. Spence, Professor, Law, Politics & Regulation, the University of Texas at Austin
  • Kathy Van Dame, Board Member, Breathe Utah.
  • John Watson, Research Professor and Leader, Source Characterization Laboratory, Division of Atmospheric Sciences, Desert Research Institute
  • Ann Weeks, Senior Counsel and Legal Director, Clean Air Task Force

Registration Fees
$150 early registration general public
$175 registration general public

$125 early registration Seniors and University Faculty & Staff
$150 registration Seniors and University Faculty & Staff

$50 early registration Students
$75 registration Students

9.5 hours CLE (pending). Registration required. For questions contact Erin 801-585-3440.

Funding provided by the R. Harold Burton Foundation and the Cultural Vision Fund.




March 5, 2015 @ 8:00 am
March 6, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
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Wallace Stegner Center


Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, 84101
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