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INVENTING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
The Lemelson Center at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum
of American History announces "Inventing for the Environment," a
series of free lectures, tours, films, an exhibit, and a full-day
symposium, exploring environmental history, public policy and
"Dialogues on Inventing for the Environment"
Co-sponsored by AT&T
Environmental experts bring their innovative ideas on energy, health,
transportation, industrial ecology, history and urbanism to these
evening discussions. All lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. at the National
Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW.
**MONDAY, APRIL 20** -- Amory Lovins, director of research and
co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, describes creative
solutions to current energy problems in his talk on "Negawatts,
Hypercars and Natural Capitalism." Lovins is introduced by Braden
Allenby, vice president, Environment, Health and Safety, AT&T.
Wednesday, May 13 -- Braden Allenby, vice president, Environment,
Health and Safety, AT&T, discusses how industrial ecology can be used
as a tool to further thinking on environmental policies and
Friday, June 5 -- Devra Lee Davis, director of the program in Health,
Environment and Development at the World Resources Institute,
addresses environmental risk factors that can cause breast cancer.
Friday, September 11 -- Stephen Pyne, historian at Arizona State
University, chronicles the history of the environment. For the past
fifteen years, he has framed the ecohistory debate and written about
the cultural history of fire.
Friday, October 23 -- Author and architect Paolo Soleri describes
America's "new urbanism." Soleri is best known for creating
Arcosanti, an avant garde, prototype community in the central Arizona
A series of walking, bus and boating tours highlights the invention
of nature in the city with visits to parks and natural reserves of
the greater Washington area. Tour leaders discuss the history of
creating recreational green spaces, including the National Zoo, the
Mall, and the banks of the Potomac, and pointing out their
technological roots. Tours will start at NMAH from August-October.
"Who Invented the Environment?"
This exhibit explores the connection between society's romantic ideal
of "Nature," as illustrated by the work of John James Audubon, Ansel
Adams, and others, and the invention of scientific instruments that
measure how reality compares with the ideal. Opening in
Friday Night Films
Hollywood features and sci-fi classics offer a different take on
inventing for the environment. July 24 and 31 and August 7, 14, and
21 in Carmichael Auditorium at NMAH.
"Inventing for the Environment"
Saturday, November 7
A full-day symposium addressing key issues in involved in inventing
for the environment brings together scholars, inventors and the
public. Speakers include Braden Allenby and the Smithsonian's Tom
Lovejoy, counselor to the Secretary for Biodiversity and
All events are free and open to the public. Registration is required.
To register, fax your name, address, and phone number to (202)357-4517
or e-mail [log in to unmask] For further information, call
Earth Day National Town meeting, "Global Warming: Local Solutions"
Wednesday, April 22
Participate in a National Town Meeting videoconference coordinated by
Renew America, a national organization dedicated to promoting
environmental initiatives, at the National Museum of American History
from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. A regional sustainability forum follows,
providing local citizens with an opportunity to discuss the regions
most pressing environmental issues. To register, call 1-800-922-RENEW
or e-mail requests to [log in to unmask]