October is Sustainability Month at Stanford University, and the Stanford Institute for the Environment is inviting members of the media to attend two SIE-sponsored conferences on the scientific, economic and social factors affecting global environmental sustainability:
- Sept. 30-Oct. 2: “Solutions for a Shrinking Planet,” a three-day international conference organized by Engineers for a Sustainable World. Keynote speakers will include designer William McDonough, named a “Hero of the Planet” by Time magazine; Patricia Galloway, president of the American Society of Civil Engineers; Jeffrey Sachs, U.N. Special Adviser on Millennium Development Goals; and Barbara Waugh, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard’s Sustainability Network. For details and directions, visit the website http://esw.stanford.edu/conf04.
- Oct.13-16: “International Sustainability Days Conference,” a global forum on climate change, land use, aquatic ecosystems and other topics. Featured speakers will include Terry Tamminen, secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee; Julie Packard, executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium; Andy Revkin, environmental reporter for the New York Times; and Stanford environmental scientists Paul Ehrlich, Stephen Schneider and Gretchen Daily. Details and directions are available online at http://environment.stanford.edu/conference.
The principal venue for both conferences will be the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez St., on the Stanford campus. Those interested in attending either event should contact Leigh Johnson at SIE or Mark Shwartz at the Stanford News Service.