Stegner Symposium to Consider The Challenge of Sustainability

The Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law will host its Fifteenth Annual Symposium March 12-13, 2010 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. Broadway, in Salt Lake City. The Symposium takes on The Challenge of Sustainability by asking how we can create a civilization that is both prosperous and environmentally healthy.

The two-day event will include input from scientists, economists, agriculturists, ecologists, architects, attorneys, and policy analysts who will offer perspectives from industry, academia, and non-profit organizations. The symposium will consider the many facets of sustainability—including what it adds to traditional environmental protection, and how refocusing on the challenge of sustainability can help us live in balance with the earth.

The symposium opens with a keynote lecture by Pam Matson, Dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University. She will address sustainability’s promise: how we can create a society that meets the needs of both people and the planet in the 21st century. Next, speakers will lay the foundation for understanding sustainability’s three pillars of environment, economic development, and equity—as well as its intersection with population and consumption. The Symposium also will look at sustainability in context, seeing its application by corporations, and in transportation, electronic waste, and energy. Friday will close with a keynote lecture by M.A. Sanjayan, the lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy.

On Saturday, the Symposium will reconvene for a discussion of sustainability in the American West. Talks will center on water, oceans, agriculture, green building and architecture, and biodiversity and wildlife corridors. Author, activist, and environmentalist Chip Ward closes the symposium with a keynote address on charting a path to a sustainable future.

Additional information, including a copy of the symposium brochure, is available on the Stegner Center website. For more information or to register by phone, call 801-585-3440.