Panel to discuss career implications of environmental sustainability
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8:56 p.m., Sept. 22, 2008----In a relatively short period of time, the term “sustainability” has entered the lexicon of nearly every department on campus. A panel of experts from a wide range of academic disciplines will assemble to discuss what they see as the critical sustainability issues facing their field or industry at a forum slated for from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, September 23, in Clayton Hall.

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Special attention will be given to the future of sustainability efforts in each area and the implications for students' future career plans.

Panelists include:

  • Janet Hethorn, professor and chairperson, Department of Art, and co-author of Sustainable Fashion: Why Now?;
  • David Legates, associate professor of geography, Delaware's state climatologist, has testified in the U.S. Senate on the weakness of scientific evidence for climate change;
  • Willett Kempton, associate professor of marine and Earth sciences, pioneering researcher on alternative energy sources, including the use of electric-drive vehicles as a source of power for utilities (V2G: Vehicle to Grid Power);
  • S. Ismat Shah, professor of materials science, advocate for injecting moral and ethical issues into the discussion of technology-driven sustainability efforts;
  • Wendy Smith, assistant professor of business administration, advocate for injecting social and environmental considerations into the financial decision-making of for-profit firms;
  • Bill Sullivan, managing director of the Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware hotel, pioneer in the Delaware Green Lodging Program.

There will be breakout sessions immediately following the panel discussion.

This event is sponsored by UD's Sustainability Task Force and the Academic and Student Affairs Council