Environmental Conference Report
Amb. Ken Brown, director of the Dean Rusk Program in International Studies, introduces a speaker.
Chuck McGrady, former president and current treasurer of the Sierra Club, spoke on, "Smart Growth or Urban Sprawl: the Asphalt Jungle and Landscapes Transformed." McGrady led the Sierra Club on campaigns to curb urban sprawl, preserve water and wetlands, and secure bipartisan Congressional support for strong environmental protections.
Claude Martin, Director General for the World Wildlife Fund International, delivered the keynote lecture on "New Approaches to Environmental Issues and Conservation." Martin began his career with WWF in the early 1970's, studying the ecology of the threatened Baraingha deer in Kanha National Park in central India. From 1975 to 1978, he served as Director of Protected Areas in the western region of Ghana. Before joining WWF International, Martin was Director and Chief Executive Officer of WWF-Switzerland from 1980 to 1990. He served as Deputy Director General of WWF International from 1990 to 1993, when he was appointed director general. Martin is the author of The Rainforests of West Africa, a comprehensive study examining the ecology, utilization and conservation of these forest areas.
Panelists discussed "Sustainable Development." Professor of Economics Dave Martin moderated a discussion with Rick Bunch, business education director at the World Resources Institute; John Schilling, senior economic advisor for The World Bank; and Jerry Taylor, director of Natural Resources Studies at the Cato Institute.
Anthony Janetos, senior vice president for World Resources Institute, closed the conference with his address, "The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change." He is a co-chair of the U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change. He also served as Senior Scientist for the Land-Cover and Land-Use Change Program in NASA's Office of Earth Science, and was Program Scientist for the Landsat 7 mission.