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Coming this October: a symposia series on sustainability

Jan 15, 2010

The series has been titled The Precarious Alliance: Strengthening Human Networks and Natural Systems Symposium– and will explore methods for ensuring the vitality of future generations.
 
Humankind depends on the natural systems for our very survival and yet our patterns of where and how we live, eat, distribute and consume goods are destroying the planet.  
 
The multi-disciplinary symposia will integrate business, science, and humanities to investigate the interconnectedness of our human, natural and built systems and explore government policies that affect these systems.
 
The focus of the first symposium will be on feeding ourselves: the business, science and human aspects of the food systems – adapting how we produce, process, package and transport food to reduce negative impacts and improve air quality, water quality and quantity, soil health and social equity.  Subsequent symposia will explore sustainability through land use, energy and the economy.  
 
We will convene experts and practitioners representing a variety of perspectives and disciplines.  Academics, engineers, planners, farmers, community groups, environmentalists and local and state officials are invited to attend and participate.  The agenda will include plenary sessions as well as breakout sessions exploring opportunities, barriers and examples of innovation and success in working towards more sustainable practices.
 
The first symposium is scheduled for October 8 – 9 and will be held in the Moumgis Auditorium on the DelVal campus in Doylestown.

Marion Nestle, New York University professor and renowned author (The Politics of Food, Food Safety) will be a keynote speaker.  Other invited speakers include: Michael Mandelbaum, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and author (The Ideas That Conquered the World: Peace, Democracy, and Free Markets in the Twenty-First Century); Robert Kenner, Director and Producer of Food Inc.; Indra Nooyi, CEO PepsiCo, and Michael Gallis, Gallis and Associates.