Focus the Nation

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==Schedule of the Day==
(subject to slight revision)Throughout the day: FOCUS THE NATION Paresky Action CenterTUESDAY, featuring tables with information on voterFEBRUARY 5TH 2008 registration, carbon offsets, state and federal legislation, candidate positions, and other aspects of sustainability *WORKSHOPS: 11:20 – 3:50*11:20-a.m. – 12:35- Workshops: p.m. Local initiativesInitiatives Panel From implementing the Williamstown Climate Action Plan to making homes more environmentally friendly with cutting- edge technology, many Williamstown residents are taking action against global warming. Come and learn about both the many ways people are addressing climate change in our town and what you can do to make a difference! Panel speakers include: Jane Allen (Williamstown COOL (Carbon diOxide LoweringCommittee) Committee, Craig Robertson, Hank Art, Center for Ecological Technology and Craig Robertson (CETJ Craig Robertson Building) *The Future of Travel: The Hydrogen Car In this workshop, BMW representatives will discuss the ways in which the automobile industry is addressing global warming and green automobile technologywill showcase BMW’s very own response to the problem.*1:10-p.m. – 2:25- Workshopsp,m.*Extreme Weather Issues:Risk Management and Climate Change Many scientists claim that extreme weather phenomena are increasing in severity and frequency thanks to global warming. Speakers will discuss how this is going to affect the insurance industry, and what is being done to address the dilemma. Speakers include: Lace Garbatini (Travelers Insurance , National Director) and Advertising- Travelers insurance and John Rooks (Dwell AdvertisingCreative, President) Eco-Discrimination- West Virginia Mountaintop Removal *The Fight For Environmental Justice From urban to rural areas, many groups of people within America are fighting environmental injustice (when members of disadvantaged, minority, or other groups suffer disproportionately from environmental risks and hazards). Come see why environmental injustice is one of the biggest concerns facing America today, and what certain organizations, such as the Sustainable South Bronx, are doing to combat it. Speakers include: Miquela Craytor (Sustainable South Bronx, Deputy Director), Dwaine Lee (Sustainable South Bronx, Project Manager), Lorelei Scarbo (opposing mountain top removal, and Bob Kincaid (opposing mountain top removal)2:35-p.m. – 3:50- Workshopsp.m. *Sustainable Design This workshop will address how architects around the world, including at Williams College, are minimizing the negative environmental impact of buildings. Speakers include: Green Buildings- a conversation with representative from ARUP, architects from North and South Academic buildingBuildings architects*The Grassroots Groundswell In recent years, there has been a surge of grassroots organizations fighting political change in the environmental arena. Many have even compared this growing movement to the birth of the Civil Rights Movement. Come learn about some of the various environmental grassroots organizations, what they are already doing to affect change, and how you can help. Politics and Grassroots- Speakers include: Will Bates: (Bali Youth Delegate, delegate and Step-it-Up National Organizer) and Morgan Goodwin: Massachusetts (MASS Youth Climate Action (MYCArepresentative*TOWN HALL FORUM 4:00-5:30- Town Hall Forum moderated by Sarah Gardner Come discuss Williams College’s plans for sustainability with the administration. In this open forum, we will hear about what the college is doing and Amy Johnshave the opportunity to share our visions for the future. Speakers include: President Schapiro, Steve Klass Class (V.P. Vice President of operationsOperations), Bill Lenhart (Provost), Karen Merrill (Deanof the College), Irene Addison (Facilitiesand Auxiliary Services, Associate Vice President), Stephanie Boyd Location: Brooks Rogers *CHRISTOPHER FLAVIN (Sustainability OfficeWORLDWATCH INSTITUTE, PRESIDENT), GIVES A LECTURE 7:30-9:00Climate of Hope: The Path to a Low- Keynote SpeakerCarbon Economy Christopher Flavin, President of the Worldwatch InstituteLocation: Chapin Hall