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2012 Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum
Environmental Issues of St. Louis: Past, Present, and Future

Thursday, November 8, 2012 @ 5:30 PM-9:00 PM

Special Partnership Presentations

Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum–

A Conservation Science public forum partnership of the Academy of Science – St. Louis, the University of Missouri – St. Louis Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center, the Saint Louis Zoo and the Missouri Botanical Garden.

FREE and OPEN to ALL, but Registration is Required.
Call 314-516-6203, or email hintonpa@umsl.edu to register.


5:30 p.m. Registration and Exhibit Viewing

6:00 p.m. Session One

7:00 p.m. Refreshments and Exhibit Viewing

7:40 p.m. Session Two

8:45 p.m. Panel Discussion

Session One: 6 – 7 p.m.

Whatever Happened to Yesterday’s Environmental Problems? Lessons from St. Louis

Featured Speaker: Andrew Hurley, Ph.D.

Andrew Hurley is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His fields of interest are urban environmental history and 20th century United States public history. He is the author of, Environmental inequalities: Class, race, and industrial pollution in Gary, Indiana, 1945-1980 (University of North Carolina Press, 1995); Common fields: An environmental history of St. Louis (Missouri Historical Society Press, 1997); Chasing the American dream: A history of diners, bowling alleys and trailer parks (Basic Books, 2001); and Beyond preservation: Using public history to revitalize inner-cities (Temple University Press, 2010).

Refreshments and Exhibit Viewing: 7 – 7:40 p.m.

Session Two: 7:40 – 8:45 p.m.

A Living and Growing Legacy of Environmentalism in University City

Featured Speaker: Shelley Welsch

Shelley Welsch is mayor of University City. Early in her professional career she worked in local radio in St. Louis and Memphis. She spent ten years with ABC Network News in Washington D.C. and St. Louis where she worked as an assignment manager, producer, writer and special events producer. She served on the City Council of University City for four years, and on numerous boards including the Literacy Council of Greater St. Louis and ALIVE (Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments). She was one of the founders and the first Executive Director of the Green Center, a center for outdoor environmental education and the arts located in University City. She was elected mayor in 2010.

Where Ecology Fits into the City of St. Louis’ Sustainability Plan

Featured Speaker: Catherine L. Werner, J.D., LEED, AP

Catherine Werner is Sustainability Director in the City of St. Louis Mayor’s Office. She is an environmental attorney, LEED AP, sustainability, green building and natural resources specialist, and environmental educator with a successful record in promoting and managing various sustainable development and conservation initiatives as well as in handling diverse matters of environmental law and policy. Catherine has extensive experience in real estate and ecological/green residential design issues.

Birds in Everyday Baltimore: The Baltimore Ecosystem Study Bird Monitoring Project

Featured Speaker: Charles Nilon, Ph.D.

Charles Nilon is Professor of Fisheries and Wildlife at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His research considers the impact of urbanization on wildlife habitats, populations and communities. Included in this research are projects ranging in location and degree of development from inner city neighborhoods in St. Louis and Baltimore to the more suburban and rapidly urbanizing areas around Columbia, Missouri. Since 1997, he has been a co-principal investigator on the Baltimore Ecosystem Study. The project in Baltimore and a similar one in Phoenix are the first two urban ecosystems included in the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research program.

Panel Discussion: 8:45 – 9 p.m.

Location: Saint Louis Zoo Living World

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Adults, teachers, middle and high school students, and the general public are invited to attend.

Registration Required: Call 314-516-6203, or email hintonpa@umsl.edu

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Thursday, November 8, 2012
5:30 PM-9:00 PM
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