The Stegner Center’s twenty-first annual symposium, to be held on March 31-April 1, 2016, will focus on the topic “Green Infrastructure and Resilient Cities: New Challenges and New Solutions.” The symposium will examine new urbanism and how to create cities that are both sustainable and resilient. Topics to be addressed will include urban design, green architecture, water usage (including reuse of waste water and storm water), the suburban-urban interface (including regional transportation, food sheds, and air quality), energy usage in cities, and how to plan for climate change to create resilient cities. The College of Law’s new LEED Platinum Building will be highlighted, as an example of green architecture. Several speakers and talks will also focus on how green building and infrastructure relate to the Wasatch Front. Along with the symposium, the Stegner Center will host the Wallace Stegner Lecture during the noon hour on March 30, featuring Larry Susskind, City Planner, Mediator, and MIT Professor, who will address “What We Know for Sure About the Best Way of Resolving Contentious Environmental Disputes.”
Dave Owen, a Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, will join the Stegner Center as the eleventh annual Stegner Center Young Scholar on October 8 and 9, 2015. During his residency, Professor Owen will deliver a Young Scholar Lecture entitled “Headwater Streams and the Hidden Histories of Environmental Law” at the College of Law on October 8 and a Downtown CLE presentation on “The Evolving Law of Headwater Streams” on October 9 at Holland & Hart.
The Stegner Center will host Krista Schlyer, Conservation Photographer and Writer, for a noon hour talk on January 28 on “Continental Divide: Wildlife, People and the Border Wall” as part of the Stegner Center Lecture Series. Krista Schlyer is an award-winning photographer and writer focusing on conservation, biodiversity and public lands. She has worked throughout North America, from the arid lands of the American West to the urban rivers of Washington DC, and is drawn to the cause of underdogs, prairie dogs, and all things wild. Schlyer is a Senior Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers and winner of the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography, National Outdoor Book Award, and Vision Award from the North American Nature Photographers Association.
The Stegner Center’s popular noon hour Green Bag Series will include the following speakers. Additional green bags will be announced.
- October 22, “India’s Environmental Challenges and New Judicial Solutions,” Ritwick Dutta, Advocate, Supreme Court and state High Courts of India, including the “National Green Tribunal”
- November 17, “Finding Accord,” Laynee G. Jones, Program Manager, Mountain Accord; Carl Fisher, Executive Director, Save Our Canyons; and Nathan Rafferty, President, Ski Utah
- December 3, “Recent Developments in Utah Stream Access Law—Log Drives and Navigability,” Cullen Battle, Fabian & Clendenin
- January 19, “Restoring the Colorado River—Challenges and Opportunities,” John (Jack) Schmidt, Department of Watershed Sciences, Quinney College of Natural Resources, Utah State University
- February 16, “From Particles to People: Why Utah Struggles With Air Quality and How This Affects Human Health,” Kerry Kelly, Research Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Associate Director, Program for Air Quality, Health and Society, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Utah; Robert Paine, Chief, Division of Pulmonary, University of Utah Healthcare
- March 1, “America’s National Parks Centennial: Are the Parks in Peril?” David Nimkin, Senior Managing Director. National Parks Conservation Association
- April 14, “RS 2477 Update: The Quiet Title Act and Utah’s Biggest Lawsuit,” Joe Bushyhead, Staff Attorney, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
For program details, including times and locations, see the Stegner Center online calendar at http://law.utah.edu/research/stegner/.