International Symposium on "Sustainability Science: The Emerging Paradigm and the Urban Environment" October 25-27, 2010

Keynote Speakers Robert W. Kates, John D. Sterman, and Simon A. Levin

Leading international experts will convene at Montclair State University to discuss cutting-edge research and new approaches for managing natural resources to help address the global sustainability challenge.

Sustainability Science: The Emerging Paradigm and the Urban Environment will take place October 25-27, 2010, and is presented by the University's PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies, which was established earlier this year through a grant from the PSEG Foundation.

Symposium keynote speakers will include scientist and independent scholar Robert W. Kates; John D. Sterman, Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Director of MIT's System Dynamics Group; and Simon A. Levin, the Moffett Professor of Biology at Princeton University.

According to Michael P. Weinstein, Director, PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies at Montclair State University, "The Sustainability Science symposium will gather thought leaders to explore and study the interaction of environment, economy, and social systems in the conservation and management of natural resources. This is a unique gathering that will look beyond the desires of individual stakeholders to find common threads and drivers of systemic change."

The symposium will address the sustainability challenges of our time as they relate to ecology, economics, government, and society. Participants will focus on key topics such as emerging research and policy in sustainability science, the ecology of cities, landscape ecology, resource exploitation and management, the valuation of natural and social capital, habitat and biodiversity conservation, social learning, ecosystem-based management, and integrated watershed-coastal management.

The PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies was established to play a transformative role in multidisciplinary sustainability-related research and education in order to reconcile society's developmental goals with the planet's environmental limits. Specifically, the Institute will look to understand the fundamental interaction of nature and society; advance social and technological knowledge related to sustainability in order to put that knowledge into action; and balance social and environmental well-being, quality of life, and equity with wise management and conservation of natural resources.

Funded by a $400,000 grant from the PSEG Foundation, the Institute will conduct research, education and outreach in an effort to balance conservation and preservation of Earth's life support systems with its production of sustainable goods and services for human welfare. Currently, the University is incorporating these concepts and working with the public, industry decision makers, planners and environmental managers in researching the management of urban watershed-coastal ecosystems.

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Released: October 7, 2010