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Sustainability consortium to meet at Princeton

Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 27-28, 2008, all day Various locations on campus

Members of the growing college and university sustainability practitioner community will be on Princeton's campus Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 27-28, for their annual conference.

The Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC) will gather to explore how colleges and universities can reduce their overall environmental footprint. The theme for the conference is "The Sustainability Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together." The sessions not involving meals are open without charge to the campus and local communities.

The introduction and keynote address for the conference will be given by Lisa Jackson, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and a 1986 Princeton Graduate School alumna. The event will begin at 11 a.m. Monday in the Forbes College dining room.

In the same room at 1 p.m. Monday, there will be a "Presidents Panel," featuring heads of four New Jersey institutions: Susan Cole of Montclair State University; Donald Farish of Rowan University; Paul Gaffney II of Monmouth University; and Jeremiah Ryan of Bergen Community College. Princeton Executive Vice President Mark Burstein will moderate the discussion, during which the participants will present various approaches to sustainability on their campuses.

At 9 a.m. Tuesday, Princeton scholar Michael Oppenheimer will speak on "Nuclear Power" in 101 McCormick Hall. Oppenheimer, the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs, has a strong interest in atmospheric science and policy, with much of his research focused on understanding the potential outcomes of increasing levels of greenhouse gases on the environment. He is a longtime participant in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Prior to coming to Princeton in 2002, Oppenheimer served as chief scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund. He also was an atomic and molecular astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Additional participants in the session will include panelists Harold Feiveson, senior research policy analyst and lecturer in public and international affairs at Princeton; Paul Gunter, director of the Reactor Oversight Project for Beyond Nuclear; and Ralph Izzo, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of the Public Service Enterprise Group Inc.

The NECSC represents more than 40 institutions of higher education from the northeast United States and eastern Canadian provinces. Princeton is hosting the conference with the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability. Shana Weber, manager of the University's Office of Sustainability, and John Cusack, executive director of the partnership, are members of the NECSC's steering committee.

For more information, visit the Office of Sustainability website or e-mail

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