Seminars On Sustainability Kick Off Earth Systems Engineering Initiative

Published: March 13, 2001

A seminar series on sustainable development will kick off a new initiative in "Earth Systems Engineering" by the department of civil, environmental and architectural engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The first seminar, titled "Designing a Sustainable Future," by William A. Wallace, senior vice president of Ch2M Hill, will be held on Tuesday, March 20, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the Engineering Center at CU-Boulder, Room ECCR 245. The seminar is free and open to the public.

Wallace is the leader of Ch2M Hill's sustainable development practice and a recognized expert in the field of environmental management. He has testified before congressional committees on matters of environmental technology and policy, including expediting the cleanup of hazardous waste sites, and has served on advisory committees for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment, Department of Energy and other governmental organizations.

The seminar will focus on the need to create a new production model that delivers high-quality goods and services but conserves non-renewable and ecological resources.

The seminar series will continue through the spring and fall semesters, bringing speakers from government, education and industry to campus. An international workshop on Earth Systems Engineering also will bring experts in engineering and the physical, biological and social sciences from around the world to the CU-Boulder campus in October.

One goal of the workshop is to make recommendations on the future course of engineering education, research and practice with respect to the interaction between natural and non-natural systems.

For more information on the seminar series and Earth Systems Engineering Initiative, call Professor Bernard Amadei at (303) 492-7734, or visit the Web site at