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Earth Day panel at Saturday open house

20 April 2006

ATTENTION: Environmental writers, editors, producers and weekend assignment editors

Contact: Robert Sanders, Media Relations
(510) 643-6998 rsanders@berkeley.edu

An Earth Day panel discussion at the University of California, Berkeley, on "Global Environmental Challenges and Opportunities: UC-Berkeley's Role."

Sponsored by the newly established Berkeley Institute of the Environment, the panel is one of many events taking place this Saturday on Cal Day, the campus's annual open house. The panel discussion will center on the practical, real-world work being done by UC Berkeley faculty members in areas such as sustainable urban growth, global water quality and environmental law.

2-3 p.m. this Saturday, April 22

88 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

The panelists are all affiliates of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment (BIE):

  • Harrison Fraker, dean, College of Environmental Design
  • Inez Fung, co-director of BIE, director of the Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center, and professor of earth and planetary science and of environmental science, policy and management
  • Dan Kammen, co-director of BIE and Class of 1935 Distinguished Chair of Energy
  • Cymie Payne, associate director of the California Center for Environmental Law & Policy
  • David Sedlak, professor of civil & environmental engineering

Sandy Tolan, a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Journalism, will moderate the discussion, and Paul Ludden, dean of the College of Natural Resources, will introduce the panelists.

The hour-long program will showcase the Berkeley Institute of the Environment, which brings together campus researchers to work toward practical solutions for global environmental problems. The discussions will show the public the breadth and depth at UC Berkeley of scientific research and legal initiatives to alleviate problems of global environmental change.

The Earth Day/Cal Day panel is the inaugural event of BIE, which hopes to make research tools accessible across disciplinary lines, to foster collaboration and new ways of thinking about critical environmental problems across disciplines, and to train a new generation of environmental researchers, citizens and professionals.

For more information about Cal Day, see: http://www.berkeley.edu/calday/