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September 16, 2002

'Human Ecological Footprint' topic of 2002 Hammond lecture series

The third annual Kenneth Hammond Lectures on environment, energy and resources will be held Sept. 26 to Oct. 24 at the University of Guelph, with speakers addressing the theme “The Human Ecological Footprint.”

The lectures run for five consecutive Thursdays at 7 p.m. in War Memorial Hall. The talks feature professors, executives and environment experts and are free and open to the public. “The whole series aims to leave a footprint on our understanding of the challenges of the 21st century,” said David Swayne, acting associate dean of Guelph’s Faculty of Environmental Sciences. The CBC Radio program “Ideas” will air the lectures later in their broadcasting season. The five lectures will also be published in a book in January 2003, including critical commentary from U of G faculty. Speakers, dates and topics are:

• Sept. 26, “Waking the Sleep-Walkers — Globalization and Sustainability: Conflict or Convergence,” William Rees, University of British Columbia professor and past-president of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics.

• Oct. 3, “Alberta’s Boreal Forest: A Landscape in Transition. Implications for Sustainable Landscape and Landuse,” Brad Stelfox, landuse advisor and founder of FOREM Technologies.

• Oct. 10, “Footprints of Sacred and Profane Human Acts in the Waters of the Toronto Region,” Henry Regier, retired University of Toronto zoology and environmental studies professor.

• Oct. 17, “Agriculture: The Primary Environmental Challenge of The Century,” Wes Jackson, president of the Land Institute.

• Oct. 24, “Ecological Footprints and Economic Scars: Lessons from Electricity,” Tom Adams, executive director of the Energy Probe Research Foundation.

The lecture series was inaugurated in 2000 and is intended to acknowledge Kenneth Hammond’s contributions over the past 40 years. A former member of the university’s Board of Governors, Hammond is well-known for his work locally as a founder of Hammond Manufacturing. He is being recognized for his advocacy of environmental and resource issues and for his concern for environmental education. He was instrumental in establishing the Arboretum and developing one of the university’s pioneer distance education courses.

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