Eco-Logical Symposium

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by Jeanette on February 7, 2012

in Earth Day Symposium, Events, Sponsorship, Volunteer

2012 St. Louis Earth Day Symposium

Learn more about the Earth Day Symposium.

Policy, planning and tools to support sustainable transportation,
land use and resource conservation

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Day 1: Symposium Agenda
Day 2: Technical Workshop Agenda 

Continuing Education Credits Available: ASCE, ASLA, AICP, GISP, APA

The Earth Day Symposium provides a two-day training and networking program for local government staff, officials and the professional community relating to current challenges and opportunities. In 2012, we will shift from our traditional focus from water conservation and management to land use policy and planning–mark your calendar to join us:

April 5th
–  National guests and expert panelists present on key issues surrounding transportation, land use and resource conservation.
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Networking Reception – Event participants are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments and an open bar at MOBOT.
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

April 6th
Technical Workshop – Expert speakers build on content from the previous day, delving deeper into the application of newly developed, regionally-specific databases, GIS technologies and tools for smart planning.
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Events are hosted at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Professional education credits are available.

Key Issues:

  • Sharing best practices for ecologically sensitive approaches to infrastructure development
  • Utilizing ecologically significant data in local and regional planning; and showcasing East-West Gateway’s new regional land-cover data
  • Translating issues and practices into locally applicable solutions
  • Watershed planning for improved water quality and ecologically-sound stormwater management

Continuing Education Credits Available: ASCE, ASLA, AICP, GISP, APA

Registration ENDS on March 30th.

Discounts available for students, government officials and groups.

2012 Symposium Sponsors

Presenting: Metropolitan Sewer District

Gold Sponsors: Missouri Department of Conservation, Novus International, Missouri Botanical Garden, East-West Gateway Council of Governments/Plan for Regional Sustainability

Silver Sponsors: Missouri American Water, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Planning Association, American Society of Landscape Architects

Bronze Sponsors: RideFinders, ProExpo, Liveable St. Louis Network, Greenway Network, Pizzo Native Plant Nursery

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region VII, through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, has provided partial funding for this project under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.

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Dane Kamin April 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm

In the near future, the world’s population will determine
the health of our eco-systems and our financial systems more than any other
factor.  I am disappointed that this topic
does not seem to be included in this symposium. 
I hope it is included in the future. 

Humans leave a heavy footprint on the world’s ecosystem.   This footprint can be seen in our resource
consumption and the fouling of our air, land, and water.  Generally people assume the size of the footprint,
moves closely with world population.  It
does not. 

The size of our footprint moves much more closely with the
world’s middle class
population.  A person in a third world
country will not make much money, they will not own many things, and will
definitely not own a car.  A person in a
developed country will buy a new car when needed.  A person in a country developing a
middle class will buy things much more quickly. 
(This is why the personal consumption jumps more quickly than income as income
approaches “middle class”)  Countries
that account for more than 1/3 of the world’s population are now developing a
middle class including China, India, and others.

China is a great example of the explosion of demand as more
of its people enter the middle class. 
Ten years ago the typical Chinese person consumed 1/10th the
amount of oil as a typical American.  Now
they consume 1/5th as much as a typical American.  This means that their relative consumption has
doubles in the span of just ten years! 
It is notable that China recently surpassed the US in car sales.  It is down-right scary that the growth rate
in car sales is over 50% per year.

The impact of a growing middle class and its appetite for
resources also has a huge impact on our economy.  In a conversation I had with James Bullard,
the President of the St. Louis Federal Reserve, he agreed that the increasing oil
price (and other commodity prices) was a major precursor to the “Great Recession”.   But that scarier story will keep for another
day …

Family planning needs to be discussed now…

For the sake of the
children you have, have fewer children.


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