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Sept. 25, 2007

Sustainability expert will visit UI as Ida Beam Professor Oct. 8-9

Timothy Beatley, Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia, will visit the University of Iowa Oct. 8 and 9 as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor.

His public lecture, "Native to Nowhere," will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Room 1505 of the Seamans Center for Engineering Arts and Sciences, located at Washington and Capitol streets in downtown Iowa City.

Beatly is also scheduled to present:

--7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, Community Forum, "Good Placemaking in Iowa City," Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A. Panelists will include Beatley; Jim Throgmorton, UI professor of urban and regional planning; Leah Wilson, coordinator, Johnson County Local Food Alliance; and others to be announced. The forum is also an Irving B. Weber Chautauqua Series event co-sponsored by the Iowa City Public Library and broadcast live on Library Channel 10, Mediacom.

--4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, Open Forum with Students, Room 327 of Jessup Hall (Urban and Regional Planning Drafting Room).

All sessions are free and open to the public.

Beatley, a leading scholar in the growing area of environmental and community sustainability, earned his doctorate in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His recent work is focused on the subject of sustainable communities and creative strategies by which cities and towns can fundamentally reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time become more livable and equitable places. His visit is expected to offer ideas and perspectives to help the academic and lay communities engage with each other on issues of direct importance to the community.

He is the author with Kristy Manning of "The Ecology of Place" (Island Press, 1997), which reviews innovative local sustainability practice from around the country and provides practical guidance on creating more sustainable urban forms, restorative local economies, and stronger communities. Beatley has also conducted a year's worth of research in 12 European countries specifically examining the experiences of some 30 cities. The findings of the study were published in a book, "Green Urbanism:  Learning from European Cities" (Island Press, 2000). He is also the author of "Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community in a Global Age" (also published by Island Press, December, 2004), a comprehensive exploration of building strong places from multiple perspectives.

The primary sponsor of the Ida Beam events is the UI Leisure Studies Program, Division of Interdisciplinary Programs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Other sponsors are: the Department of Geography, CLAS; the Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning, Graduate College; and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering.

During his visit Beatley also will take part in a "Toxic Talk Symposium" on environmental justice and sustainability. For more information on that event, visit

The UI established the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program in 1978-79 based on a bequest from the late Ida Beam of Vinton, Iowa, who willed her family farm to the UI Foundation. The proceeds from the farm's sale enabled the UI to establish a fund that brings top scholars in a variety of fields to the university for lectures and discussions.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Thomas K. Dean, special assistant to the president for communications and research, at 319-335-1995 or

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