U of G Hosts 16th Annual Environmental Sciences Symposium

January 08, 2010 - News Release

Finding connections among business, economics and the environment is the goal of the 16th annual Environmental Sciences Symposium Jan. 16 at the University of Guelph.

"EnviroNomics: Problem or Solution?" is the theme of this year's lectures, workshops and displays, with participants exploring the pros and cons of striving for sustainable development in the 21st century. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. in Rozanski Hall.

Highlights include a 9 a.m. live video conference with Peter Robinson, CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation. Robinson has also served as CEO of the British Columbia Housing Management Commission and Mountain Equipment Co-op, the country's largest outdoor equipment retailer. He was also appointed to British Columbia's Climate Action Team and the Ontario Premier's Climate Change Advisory Panel, and received a Governor General’s award for bravery while working as a park ranger.

Concurrent lecture panels start at 10:40 a.m. and will feature professors who are conducting research related to environmental sustainability, businesses known for their sustainable practices and marketing, and the perspectives of social entrepreneurs, First Nations people and the fair trade movement.

The day will conclude with a talk by Frank de Jong, who headed the Ontario Green Party for 16 years. An elementary school teacher and Wellington County native, he is also known for his human rights and environmental advocacy efforts.

Advance tickets are $12 for university and high school students, $15 for the general public and are available online, at the information desk in the University Centre, or at various Guelph businesses. Tickets at the door will be $17 and $20.

More information is available online.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338, or lhunt@uoguelph.ca; or Deirdre Healey, Ext. 56982 or dhealey@uoguelph.ca.

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