News Release

REF NO.: 45

SUBJECT: Public lecture to explore sustainability in small city living

DATE: October 26, 2010

Dr. Kimberly Gray is the guest lecturer for the 2010 Dialogue on Advancing Global Sustainability. Her lecture, Transforming our Cities: Sustainability and the Post-Fossil Fuel Future, will take place Thursday,
Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Inco Innovation Centre, room IIC-2001.
            Join Dr. Gray as she discusses whether or not we can ever make the human enterprise sustainable. She argues that we could certainly make great strides in the short term with our current technical knowledge in the ways we use energy and resources, and in the ways we design and operate our cities.
            She will discuss various perspectives on "sustainability," a term that means very different things to different people, and make the case for why this is a pressing issue to be addressed sooner rather than later. She will also touch on the need to change the patterns by which we live and move and how this can be affected by the energy/climate picture, as well as the requirements and feasibility of developing truly renewable energy sources and what this would mean for urban, suburban and small city living.
            Dr. Gray will also lead a research seminar, Green Cities/ Brown Lakes: The Challenges of Great Lakes Restoration on Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. in the Science Building, room SN-2101 and a roundtable session, How to Make Cities Sustainable: Lessons for St. John’s, on Oct. 29 at 2:30 p.m. in the Arts and Administration building, room, AA-5014.
            Dr. Kimberly Gray is a professor in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University. Her areas of expertise are environmental catalysis and physicochemical processes in natural and engineered environmental systems with particular focus on energy and sustainability applications. She is particularly interested in ecologically inspired design, especially as applied to cities. She works closely with the Chicago Legal Clinic to provide technical expertise to solve environmental problems for low-income urban communities. She is the author of over 100 scientific papers and lectures widely on energy and environmental issues.

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