Working on the Environment: Speaker Series Highlights Sustainability Initiatives Around Grounds

October 09, 2007

Oct. 9, 2007 -- The University of Virginia School of Architecture will host a four-part lecture and discussion series that explores exceptional sustainability initiatives by U.Va. faculty. The events —scheduled for Friday evenings at 5 p.m. — will examine the environment in relation to legal and economic strategies, health issues, culture and the landscape. Each event will be held in Campbell Hall, Room 158. At each event, two guest speakers will give 15 to 20 minute presentations, followed by a 40-minute discussion moderated by a School of Architecture faculty member.

Oct. 19              Markets + Policy: Sustainable Strategies

Jonathan Cannon
Professor of Law
The director of the Environmental and Land Use Law Program, Cannon examines connections between urbanism and environmentalism with a focus on Environmental Protection Agency regulatory issues and "superfund" sites.

Mark White
Associate Professor of Commerce
White unites his expertise in financial modeling with interests in environmental conservation to identify and evaluate innovative business strategies for achieving a sustainable society.

Moderator — Karen Van Lengen
Edward E. Elson Professor of Architecture, Dean of the School of Architecture

Nov. 2        Connections Between Human Health + Environment

Richard Guerrant
Hunter Professor of Internal Medicine
Guerrant is director of the Center for Global Health, which promotes health in resource-limited settings by fostering the commitment of students, faculty and partners from many disciplines to address diseases of poverty.

Janet Herman
Professor of Environmental Sciences
Herman’s research focuses on aqueous geochemistry, groundwater contamination and environmental remediation. The human impact on drinking water supplies is central to her investigations.

Moderator — Nisha Botchwey
Assistant Professor of Urban & Environmental Planning & Public Health Sciences

Nov. 9       Mapping Environment + Culture in Time

David Germano
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Founder of the Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library [], Germano is creating a historical Geographic Information System mapping of the Tibetan Plateau that explores connections between physical space and cultural conservation.

Hank Shugart
W.W. Corcoran Professor of Environmental Sciences
Director of the Global Environmental Change Program, Shugart’s modeling of forest ecosystems describe changes in structure and composition over time, in response to internal and external sources of perturbation.

Moderator — Phoebe Crisman
Associate Professor of Architecture, Director of the Learning Barge Initiative

Nov. 16            The Sustainability of Ephemeral Landscapes

Bruce Hayden
Professor of Environmental Sciences
Hayden will discuss the interactions of wind, water and shoreline, in particular long-term changes in climate and vegetation on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and its Barrier Islands.

Robert Dolan
Professor of Environmental Sciences
Dolan studies storms, coastal processes and geomorphology, including patterns in shoreline erosion on the Atlantic Coast and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Moderator — Kristina Hill
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, director of Landscape Architecture Program