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Feb. 17, 2003

Feb. 27 Symposium Features Famed Environmentalist

L. Hunter Lovins, internationally known environmentalist, will be the featured speaker at the 2003 Paul D. Scholz Symposium on Technology and Its Role in Society to be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 in the Richey Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Her many credits include co-founder (with husband Amory Lovins) of the Rocky Mountain Institute, co-creator of the Natural Capitalism concept, and North American delegate to the United Nations Prep Conference for Europe and North America for the World Summit on Sustainable Development. In 2000, Time Magazine named her a "Hero for the Planet."

Titled, "Green Awakening: Re-Defining Prosperity for Business, the Environment and Humanity," the symposium will focus on the negative impact of human development on the environment, looking at how governments, companies and industries around the world are finding profitable ways to do business that is sensitive to humans and the environment alike. In addition to Lovins, invited speakers include:

* UI alumna Lilia Abron, the first African-American woman in the nation and the third woman at the UI to receive a doctorate in chemical engineering, member of the College of Engineering Advisory Board and founder and CEO of PEER Consultants, P.C. of Washington, D.C., an environmental consulting firm;

* Gary Walling, general manager of engineering for Alliant Energy, Marshalltown, Iowa; and

* Jerald Schnoor, Allen S. Henry Professor of Engineering in the UI College of Engineering department of civil and environmental engineering, co-director of the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, and editor of the journal, Environmental Science and Technology.

Engineering student Ori Sivan, symposium coordinator, says that the negative impact of human development on the environment is evident everywhere on the globe. And while both development and environment are essential to human prosperity, a need exists to find balance between these life-giving forces. The symposium will offer technological, financial, and political explanations and will be followed by a panel discussion that will explore the roles of academics in creating sustainable development.

The purpose of the annual symposium is to provide a forum to discuss advances in technology that will affect society both today and in the future.

The 2003 symposium is the 34th annual technology symposium. The event was renamed in 1993 in honor of Paul D. Scholz, who received numerous awards for his teaching and served as advisor to Tau Beta Pi for 20 years and as associate dean of the UI College of Engineering from 1979 until his death in 1992.

The symposium, free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the College of Engineering, the UI chapter of Tau Beta Pi, a national engineering honor society; the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER); Environmental Advocates; the Henry B. Tippie College of Business; UI Student Government (UISG); and the UI Campus Activities Board. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the UI College of Engineering at 319-335-5764.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 301, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009, Michelle Yong.