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Upcoming Civic Forums

The Rice Design Alliance will host a two-part civic forum featuring nationally known leaders in science, business, and law who will discuss emerging air, water, land, and health issues on August 21 and August 28, 2013. “Industrial expansion has driven Houston’s phenomenal economic growth and high quality of life. However, as population growth is accompanied by new coal terminals, expanded refineries, and port facilities for super tankers our region needs to think hard about the challenges ahead,” says Thomas Colbert, organizer of the civic forum and Associate Professor at the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture. This forum was developed in coordination with an upcoming issue of Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston.

WHERE: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Brown Auditorium in the Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet

WHEN: Wednesday, August 21 and 28

COST:Free and open to the public.

Part I: Challenges of Climate Change
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 6:30 pm
State Perspective Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist, Regents Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University

Regional Perspective Dr. John Anderson, Ewing Professor of Oceanography and Director of the Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University

Local Perspective Eric Berger, Science Correspondent, Houston Chronicle

The Economic/Corporate Perspective Brent W. Dorsey, Director, Corporate Environmental Programs, Entergy Corporation

Moderated by Thomas Colbert, Associate Professor, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston

Part II: Challenges of Competing Land Uses, Environmental Justice, and Public Health
Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 6:30 pm
Environmental Justice Dr. Robert Bullard, Dean and Professor of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University

Water, Flooding and Competing Land Uses Jim Blackburn, Environmental Attorney and Professor in the Practice of Environmental Law, Rice University

Urban Growth and Agro-Ecological Infrastructure Dr. John Jacob, Texas Sea Grant Extension Program, Texas A&M University

Air Quality and Urban Growth Larry Soward, former Commissioner at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Environmental Consultant

Moderated by Thomas Colbert, Associate Professor, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston

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