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University of Texas at Arlington hosts National Teach-In on Climate Change and Sustainability

News Release — 23 January 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact: Sue Stevens, Senior Media Relations Officer, (817) 272-3317, sstevens@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - The public is invited to join The University of Texas at Arlington and more than 1,900 universities, local organizations and civic groups across the nation in the National Teach-In on Climate Change and Sustainability from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5. The National Teach-in is an annual event that focuses on ways to reduce global climate change. Over the course of the day, interactive sessions will be led by experts on issues related to climate change and sustainability.

The National Teach-in at UT Arlington aims to participants to a comprehensive examination of the environmental issues humanity will confront in the next century. Additionally, the National Teach-in provides an opportunity for interactive discussion in which participants can contribute their ideas regarding solutions for a more sustainable future. The day will culminate in a roundtable discussion in which student representatives will participate in a collaborative dialogue with key decision-makers on the solutions that emerge from the day's educational sessions.

The sessions begin at 8 a.m. in the Rosebud Theater at the E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St. A special "low-carbon" lunch, featuring foods produced with minimal addition to greenhouse gases, will be available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Connection Café in the same building.

Presenters include Tim Henry, biology professor at UT Arlington and an authority on sustainability and bioethics; Jeff Howard, co-chairman of the President's Sustainability Committee and leading researcher in UT Arlington's carbon footprint analysis; and David Hopman, architecture professor and leader of the University's green roof project. Also, Allan Saxe, political science professor and expert on the T. Boone Pickens Plan for alternative energy, Larry Chonko, business ethics professor and Mark Allen, tribal ombudsman of the Office of Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs for the Environmental Protection Agency. 
 
The "Greatest Generation Ceremony" begins at 4 p.m. in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activity Center, 500 W. Nedderman Drive. The ceremony features a keynote address from UT Arlington President James Spaniolo and a roundtable discussion with key decision makers on the solutions that emerge from the day's sessions. Panelists include Spaniolo, Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck, Richard Greene, School of Urban and Public Affairs faculty member and a former EPA regional administrator and John Promise, director of environment and development for North Central Texas Council of Governments. 

The event is free. See http://www.uta.edu/maps/ for directions to the venues. A detailed schedule of the sessions is available at http://www.uta.edu/sustainability. More information about the National Contact Chelsea Roff at (469) 556-2926 or chelsea.roff@mavs.uta.edu for more information.

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