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Source: Larry Erickson, 785-532-4313, lerick@k-state.edu
Pronouncers: For Kirk and Noel Schulz, Schulz sounds like Schults,
and Noel rhymes with goal
News release prepared by: Mary Rankin, 785-532-6715, mrankin@k-state.edu

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

FOURTH ANNUAL DIALOG ON SUSTAINABILITY JULY 23 AT K-STATE

MANHATTAN -- The Consortium for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, Kansas State University's director of sustainability and partners will be hosts to the fourth annual Dialog on Sustainability, Thursday, July 23, at K-State.

The consortium is headquartered at K-State, where administrative leadership is provided by the Center for Hazardous Substance Research in the College of Engineering.

"With current economic challenges, clean energy-climate change legislation pending and the growing importance of healthy communities and ecosystems, this forum presents a unique occasion to engage in interactive discussions with various experts and stakeholders," said Larry Erickson, center director.

The daylong event, to be in Fiedler Hall in K-State's engineering complex, will disseminate information on current sustainability-related activities, programs and plans, and explore opportunities for further collaboration and future funding. Sessions throughout the day will focus on sustainable energy, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design buildings, community development and K-State initiatives. There will be dialogs, panel discussions, posters and exhibits that will include plug-in electric vehicles.

Activities will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and conclude with a 4 p.m. wrap-up session. K-State President Kirk Schulz will provide opening remarks, and other guest speakers will include Noel Schulz, Paslay Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and K-State's first lady; Ben Champion, K-State director of sustainability; and Gary Schuberth, Opus Architects and Engineers, Kansas City, Kan.

The event also coincides with the 20th anniversary of the K-State Center for Hazardous Substance Research as a leader in environmental research, technology development, public education and community empowerment.

The public is invited to attend any or all of the sessions at no cost, but pre-registration is encouraged. More information is available at http://www.engg.ksu.edu/CHSR/sustainability