MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology will address smart growth and environmental sustainability in an era of rapid climate change at its sixth
international, interdisciplinary forum, “Sustainability 2009: The Next Horizon,” on March 3-4 on campus. The forum is a collaborative effort of the Florida
Tech College of Business and College of Science, and Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME). The public is invited to attend.
“The forum will focus on practical solutions to emerging sustainability issues from business, science and socio-political viewpoints,” said Gordon L.
Nelson, dean of Florida Tech’s College of Science. “It is designed to appeal to a varied audience and will offer the latest academic research and
perspectives for practitioners and public policy makers.”
Forum themes include Climate Change and Adaptation; Tourism and Economics; Sustainability, Technology and Innovation; How Climate Change Will Impact How We
Grow in Florida; and Renewable (Sustainable) Energy.
Speakers complementing Florida Tech and BME presenters will include Randy Parkinson, Brevard County Climate Change Group; David Nolan, Division of
Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami; Ken Lindeman, Coastal Science and Policy
Inc.; Chad Nelson, Surfrider Foundation; Gerhard Banse, Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Research Center Karlsruhe
(Germany); Fan Chunliang, Institute of Policy and Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Medardo Tapia Uribe, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico;
Phil Laurien, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council; Pierce Jones, University of Florida Agricultural Extension Division; Mike Sole, Florida
Department of Environmental Protection; Frank Jackalone, Sierra Club; Lawrence Maxwell, Florida American Institute of Architects (AIA); Bill Young, Florida
Solar Energy Center; and Fran Sullivan-Fahs and Charles Whalen, Florida Electric Auto Association.
Complete information on the event and online registration are available at http://411.fit.edu/sustainability/.
A conference registration fee of $85 ($25 for students) entitles registrants to attend both daily sessions as well as luncheons. For those wishing to
attend for a single day, the daily fee is $50 ($15 for students), which includes lunch. A separate charge of $50 ($35 for students) covers a keynote dinner
on the evening of Tuesday, March 3rd. For more information, contact Linda Ward, College of Science, Florida Institute of Technology at (321) 674-7573 or
via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Florida Tech is located at 150 West University Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32901 USA.