Annual Lecture Series 2003

June 16-20 2003

Panel Debate:
Wind Turbines in Nantucket Sound-Any Objections?
Scott MacKay, The Providence Journal, moderator; Dennis Duffy, Cape Wind Associates; Isaac Rosen, Executive Director, Alliance to Save Nantucket Sound
The proposed offshore wind farm has generated disagreement among fishermen, environmentalists, unions, and property owners. Panelists will debate the objections to this renewable energy, who stands to gain or lose, and the environmental repercussions of what could be the first wind farm in the U.S.
The Nature Conservancy: Transparency and Accountability of Environmental Groups
David B. Ottaway, Reporter, The Washington Post
Based on The Washington Post investigative series that detailed the strong corporate ties of The Nature Conservancy, one of country’s largest nonprofits, Ottaway will talk about the importance of understanding the practices and underlying agendas of environmental groups.
Ocean Politics and Policy in America: Sizing up the Commissions Reports
Dr. John Farrington, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
The Pew Charitable Trusts and the U.S. Congress each created commissions to review the state of the global oceans. The findings of these reports are due to be announced shortly. What are the outcomes and how will ocean policy change as a result?
Environmental Business: Corporate America Prepares for Climate Change
Mindy S. Lubber, Executive Director, Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies
Climate change is still a question mark for many American businesses. But shareholders are beginning to apply pressure on corporations to address climate change in their business plans. Lubber, the former Regional Administrator for EPA New England, will describe the cost effectiveness of addressing climate change using examples from DuPont, British Petroleum, and Alcoa.
Science Literacy and Public Policy: Why Americans Need to Know
Dr. David L. Evans, Under Secretary for Science, Smithsonian Institution
Stem cell research, global warming, endangered species, natural resource allocation, GMOs, artifical intelligence – many of today’s most pressing public issues are either caused by or informed by science. What does the public need to know to participate in a functioning democracy.

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