Here is a nearby conference on Building Sustainable Communities that may
be of interest. Some folks from Vermont are presenting.
Pownal Planning Commission
Contact: Mervin Stevens
President, Berkshire Institute
Building Sustainable Communities is focus
of Berkshire Institute Conference
North Adams, MA -- The Berkshire Institute at Greylock will present its
first educational event March 21-23, 2001, at Massachusetts College of
Liberal Arts. "Building Sustainable Communities: Regional and Watershed
Approaches," will focus on practical, innovative planning techniques and
economic growth strategies that act in harmony with land and water
The conference will begin Wednesday afternoon with a field trip along
the Hoosic River, led by Lauren Stevens of the Hoosic River Watershed
Association. Stevens will detail several of the current initiatives
under way along the river.
The official opening of the conference will be Thursday morning, with
remarks by Mervin Stevens, president of the Berkshire Institute; Peter
C. Weber, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental
Management; Dr. Thomas Aceto, president of MCLA; and Massachusetts Gov.
A. Paul Cellucci.
The first keynote speaker for the conference will be Lansing E. Crane,
chairman and CEO of Crane & Co., Inc. of Dalton, who will speak about
sustaining a family manufacturing company in the same community for 200
Following a series of panel discussions and seminars, the featured
afternoon speaker will be U.S. Sen. Robert C. Smith, R-NH, chairman of
the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Thursday evening
will feature a reception at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary
Art, followed by a presentation by Joseph Thompson, director of MassMoCA
who will discuss adaptive reuse and economic development associated with
the former Sprague Electric Co. property.
Friday morning's keynote address will be given by Dr. Joanne
Fox-Przeworski, director of the Bard College Center for Environmental
Policy, who will address the need for greater emphasis on environmental
education at all levels. The keynote address Friday afternoon will be
given by Doug McGuire, director of the UN Food and Agriculture
Organization's International Year of the Mountain.
A series of 12 workshops will be held Thursday and Friday, featuring
speakers from throughout New England and across the country, bringing
their perspectives from education, government, business and the
The registration fee for the conference is $295; representatives of
non-profit organizations $245 and students $100.
"We are extremely gratified that so many wonderfully qualified people
have agreed to share their experiences in our first educational
endeavor," said Stevens. "We hope that this program will attract
attendees from government, industry, education and the environmental
community to the Berkshires who will both learn from our presenters and
share their own individual areas of expertise."
The Berkshire Institute, a non-profit educational organization, is part
of the Greylock Center project in Adams, Mass. The Institute is designed
to serve as an international focal point from which to explore and
formulate plans and policies affecting social, environmental and
A complete conference schedule is available at the Institute's web site:
Speaker Background Information
Stevens, a resident of Walpole, N.H., holds undergraduate and graduate
degrees in Forest Management from the University of Montana. He has
served in the United States and in 20 countries with the U.S. Forest
Service, United Nations Development Program, U.S. Agency for
International Development, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization,
and Asia Development Bank. He is the author of more than 50 publications
on a wide variety of subjects, including soils, ecology and community
forestry. Most recently, Stevens was chairman of the New Hampshire
Commission for the Smithsonian Festival of Folklore.
Lansing E. Crane
Crane is chairman and CEO of Crane & Co., Inc., manufacturers of
banknote, stationery and high-quality specialty papers in Dalton, Mass.
He is a member of the sixth generation of the Crane family, which has
owned and operated the company since its founding in 1801. He is a
graduate of Yale University and the Boston University School of Law.
Prior to being elected CEO in 1995, he practiced law in New Haven,
Conn., and taught at the Yale School of Medicine.
U.S. Sen. Robert C. Smith
Sen. Smith, R-NH, was first elected to Congress in 1984, and is serving
his third term in the U.S. Senate. He is chairman of the Senate
Environment and Public Works Committee, and also serves on the Senate's
Armed Services, Ethics and Judiciary committees. He is a former history
teacher, school board member and small business owner.
Dr. Joanne Fox-Przeworski
Dr. Fox-Przeworski is director of the Bard Center for Environmental
Policy at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. She is the former
director for North America of the United Nations Environment Programme
and has served with the Organization for Economic Cooperation in Paris.
She has written and spoken extensively on sustainable development, urban
economic development and urban policy.
Mr. McGuire is manager for the United Nations Food and Agriculture
Organization's International Year of the Mountain 2002, headquartered in
Rome, Italy. He is also the task manager for FAO's Sustainable Mountain
Development Programme. He has also served as Senior Forestry Officer,
responsible for watershed management.