Conference Explores Education’s Role in Sustainability

08/03/2007


LOWELL -- “Education for Sustainable Development” will be the topic of the annual conference sponsored by UMass Lowell’s Committee on Industrial Theory and Assessment (CITA), Oct. 23-24, 2003.

“The conference brings together scholars and community activists concerned with the role that higher education can play in promoting sustainable and equitable development within communities and regions,” says conference co-chair, Prof. Bob Forrant of the Dept. of Regional Economic and Social Development.

Among the papers to be presented is a study by Dra. Blanca Estela Lemus Ruiz of the School of Biology at the University of Michoacán in Mexico called, “Occupational and Environmental Health of Copper Artisans in Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan, Mexico: A Sustainable Approach.” The study reviews the changing health and environmental risks posed to workers in the production of copper artifacts, a 500-year-old industry.

Priscilla Geigis, director of Community Preservation for Massachusetts, and Prof. Linda Silka, co-director of UMass Lowell’s Center for Family, Work and Community and conference co-chair, will report on the Community Preservation Institute (CPI). CPI offers a certificate program intended to encourage local leaders to explore tools, techniques and resources to use to help preserve and enhance the “sense of place” in their communities.

The unique role of universities will also be a major topic at the conference.

“Successful models from several universities in and outside Massachusetts engaging students and faculty in regional development efforts will be showcased.  And, there will be ample time for discussion throughout the two-day event,” says Forrant.

For complete conference information or to register on-line, visit http://www.uml.edu/com/CITA/, or contact Prof. Forrant at rforrant@external.umass.edu