Valparaiso University Environmental Symposium

223When: Friday, November 6, 2015

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The Law Review Symposium will focus on environmental issues that affect the United States. Opening remarks will focus on the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan rule addressing climate change and the reduction of carbon emissions from power plants to promote cleaner energy resources. The first panel will address issues that impact agriculture in impoverished rural communities, water resources, and the increase of extreme weather and natural disasters due to climate change.The second panel will compare traditional energy sources and renewable energies, focusing on the following: utility planning, regulations, and the environmental implications. The third panel will provide an in-depth discussion on food security and agriculture focusing on American food systems, water-based farming practices, crop contamination, and genetically engineered foods. Each panel is comprised of scholars and practitioners geographically and politically diverse to provide a balanced discussion of the issues.

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Schedule of Presentations:

8:15 – 9:00 a.m.
Opening Remarks: What is in the Smoke Stack and is it Making our World more Dangerous?
Susan Hedman, Regional Administrator United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 5

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Panel I: Severe droughts and Extreme Weather:  Can we Stop Climate Change on Planet Earth?
Kim Ferraro, Hoosier Environmental Council
Dan Tarlock, IIT Chicago – Kent College of Law
Lisa Grow,  J. Reuben Clark Law School

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Panel II: Traditional vs. Renewable Resources:  What are they and which Energy Source will Win Long Term?
William J. Anaya, Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Christina Canter, Argonne National Laboratory
Robert Kelter, Environmental Law & Policy Center
Michael Mullett, Robert H. McKinney School of Law

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Panel III: Sustainable Food Systems:  Are Genetically Engineered Foods Harming the Environment or the Consumer?
Emily Posner, Recirculating Farms Coalition
Adam J. Levitt, Grant & Eisenhower P.A
Alison Peck, West Virginia University College of Law
Nicole Negowetti, Valparaiso University Law School

12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
Reception

It is anticipated that this symposium will be approved for 4 CLE credit hours.  

Law Review Contact:
Sydney Weathersby
Sydney.Weathersby@valpo.edu

 

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