Forum on Sustainability

Richard Howarth and Bryan Norton

Friday, 22 Feb 2008 at 3:30 pm – Ensminger Room, Kildee Hall

The term "sustainability" is widely used in agriculture, environmental policy, and economic development, but it is often difficult to know what the term means. This forum brings to campus two scholars who are renowned for their practical as well as their theoretical work on the concept of sustainability. Richard Howarth is an economist who earned his doctorate from the Energy and Resources Program at the University of California at Berkeley. He has put his background in resource economics to work analyzing issues of sustainability and intergenerational fairness. He directs the Environmental Studies Program and is a member of the Department of Economics at Dartmouth University. Bryan Norton, a professor in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is is one of the nation's most important scholars in the field of ethics and environmental policy. He is the author of numerous books and articles on philosophy and environmental philosophy, including Searching for Sustainability and Sustainability: A Philosophy of Ecosystem Management.

Cosponsored By:
  • Bioethics Program
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

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