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Eco-Municipalities: What Does a Sustainable City Look Like?
November 3, 2009, Volume 56, No. 10

Organizational Dynamics, in the School of Arts and Sciences, announces the launch of Sustainable Development Studies, a concentration of study in the MSOD and MPhil degree programs. This initiative has been supported by a special gift from The Dow Chemical Company.

A panel discussion on Eco-Municipalities will take place on Friday, November 13, 5-6:30 p.m. in the Terrace Room, Claudia Cohen Hall. President Amy Gutmann, will give the welcome;  Jerome A. Peribere, President and CEO, Dow Advanced Materials will also give remarks. The panelists: Neil Hawkins, V.P. Sustainability, Environment, Health & Safety, Dow; Anne Papageorge, Penn’s V.P. Facilities & Real Estate Services; and  Katherine Gajewski, director of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia. Special Guest, David Cook, Chief Executive, The Natural Step Foundation, a global NGO founded in Sweden, celebrating 20 years of groundbreaking leadership on sustainable development.

The Natural Step framework plays a key role in the Organizational Dynamics sustainability concentration and in the strategies being implemented to achieve Dow’s 2015 corporate sustainability goals. A workshop and roundtable discussion on this topic will take place on Saturday, November 14, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Terrace Room, Claudia Cohen Hall. Table groups will discuss how these sustainable development priorities can be accomplished and help develop commitments and action plans to co-create a sustainable city.

Contact Alan M. Barstow, director, Academics and Collaboration, Organizational Dynamics, abarstow@sas.upenn.edu or (215) 898-2802 for further information.

Almanac - November 3, 2009, Volume 56, No. 10