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Alliance Green Initiatives to be Showcased at Environmental Conference

October 21, 2008

Dr. Charles McClaugherty of Mount Union College will showcase green initiatives taken by Mt. Union College and the City of Alliance at the Stark County Park District’s 10th annual environmental conference on Friday, Nov. 14 at R.G. Drage Career Center. McClaugherty is the Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Professor of Ecology and Environmental Science at the college.

The conference is open to the general public and students will be admitted free of charge. Reservations are available online at www.StarkParks.com or by calling 330-477-3552.

Dr. Mark Tumeo, Professor or Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cleveland State University, will give the conference keynote address at 8:50 a.m. With over 20 years of experience in environmental consulting and research, Tumeo’s expertise is in the area of policy ramifications of environmental science.

Tumeo’s public policy credentials include serving on the Pacific Northwest Hazardous Waste Council while teaching at the University of Alaska, serving on the USDA Office of Risk Assessment and Cost Benefit Analysis during the Clinton administration, and working in the office of U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski during re-authorization of the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act. He is currently a Cleveland Heights City Council member, a Fellow of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science, and an appointee of the Ohio Dept. of Health’s Sewage Treatment and Technical Advisory Committee.

Canton Mayor William J. Healy will be one of four other featured speakers at the conference. Healy will address “Canton’s Sustainability Initiative” which was created by a group of advisers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Sustainable Cities consulting firm. The report made 43 recommendations in the areas of land use, housing, energy, transportation, water, and waste, and also recommended how the city could track its progress. A copy of the initiative is available online at www.CantonDevelopmentPartnership.com/news/CantonSustainabilityReport.pdf.

Other environmental experts and their topics are as follow:

  • Brian Prunty of the Stark County Soil and Water Conservation—Sustainable Development: Your Storm Water Toolbox
  • Dr. Maureen Austin of The Ohio State University, Stark County Extension—Individual Benefits of Sustainability
  • Damon Greer of the ODNR Division of Wildlife—Ohio Raptors: Sustainability Success

The conference will include a continental breakfast, lunch provided by the Fox & Hound, door prizes, and displays by the “Green Alliance” Task Force, Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center, ARE, Business Interiors & Environment Inc., Canton Audubon Society, EarthWatch Ohio, Environmental Education Council of Ohio, National Environmental Science Education Center, ODNR Division of Wildlife, Stark County Bluebird Society, Stark County OSU Extension, Stark County Soil & Water Conservation District, the Stark, Tuscarawas, Wayne Joint Solid Waste District, and the Stock Pile.   

It will conclude with roundtable discussions with some of the featured speakers. Conference proceeds will benefit the Sanders Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Sippo Lake that treats more than 1,800 injured and orphaned wildlife annually.

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