co-sponsor with the University of Tennessee School of Planning the "Renew
America National Town Meeting: Global Warming/Local Solution."
At least 200 U.S. communities will be linked by satellite for this meeting,
which is produced by Renew America, a national environmental organization
based in Washington D.C.
While the concept of global warming may appear abstract in the distant,
our actions and those of our communities are crucial to stem changes already
begun. The complexity of the issue often makes climate change appear to
be beyond local control. But, in fact, communities and individuals are key
players in the effort to reduce greenhouse gases.
The National Town meeting will feature a panel of experts including:
Braden Allenby, AT&T environment, health and safety vice president; Amory
Lovins, director of research, Rocky Mountain Institute; and William McDonough,
dean, University of Virginia School of Architecture and founder, Institute
for Sustainable Design. Former CBS and CNN broadcast journalist Deborah
Potter will moderate the discussion. Panelists will lead a national conversation
about how local communities can use the tools of design, planning and technology
to both improve our economy and reduce global warming.
"We are proud to be the local host of this nation-wide event,"
said Danny de Vries, AmeriCorps*VISTA member at FGS. After the video conference,
FGS will hold a forum concerning initiatives to reduce climate change in
Knoxville and surrounding communities.
"We thought this would be an excellent opportunity to discuss local
initiatives in the Greater Knoxville Metropolitan area which could help
to reduce greenhouse gases. If a Metropolis continues to sprawl it can eventually
lose the ability to provide basic necessities, such as clean water, transportation,
health services, waste disposal, as well as clean air for its population,"
According to de Vries, "Earth Day is the perfect time to bring the
whole community together to discuss climate change and global warming in
a constructive way. In the past we've often seen conflict between business
interests and civic groups advocating environmental sustainability. This
National Town Meeting may help us learn to work together and to understand
that the goals of environmental sustainability and economic prosperity are
The Satellite downlink will take place this afternoon at Hodges Library,
room 213, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and the local forum from 2:30 p.m. to
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