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Fiona Fisher
Rachel Carson Homestead Association 
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Friday September 24, 2010 at 8:30 AM 
Friday September 24, 2010 at 5:30 PM 

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Mellon Institute, Carnegie Mellon University 
S. Bellefield Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

Driving Directions 

ParkIng: Please take public transportation if possible.  There is limited parking available on S. Dithridge and Henry.  The Carnegie Museum of Natural History parking lot will cost about $15 for the day.

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FracTracker's DataTool allows registered users to map geo-located data related to gas extraction activities.  FracTracker is managed by CHEC, hosted by the Foundation for PA Watersheds & funded by the Heinz Endowments.


Rachel Carson Legacy Conference Organizers and Sponsors:

Dr. Karl-Henrik Robčrt's participation is sponsored by the Heinz Family Foundation

Carnegie Mellon University, Institute for Green Chemistry, Department of Chemistry

Chatham University

Duquesne University, Center for Environmental Research and Education

Strategic Development Solutions LLC

Sustainable Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, Center for Healthy Environments and Communities, and the Department of Geology & Planetary Science

University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Center for Environmental Oncology

PrintNet, Inc.

The Donald and Sylvia Robinson Family Foundation

Challenging Marcellus Shale

The Consequences and Alternatives

The 2010 Rachel Carson Legacy Conference : Challenging Marcellus Shale - Consequences and Alternatives will address the health, environmental and community effects Pennsylvania will face with the development of the Marcellus Shale natural gas fields. 

We have gathered people from New York, Colorado and Pennsylvania with experience and expertise in evaluating hte results of the deep shale fracking industry. 

The Alternatives approach will be highlighted by keynote speaker Dr. Karl-Henrik Robčrt of Sweden founder of The Natural Step process for reaching a sustainable economy.  He will be followed by Ken Melamed, Mayor of Whistler, B.C., who will describe the Whistler 2020 plan as implemented based on Dr. Robert's approach and a panel of renewable and sustainable energy businesses illustrating current economically viable applications of renewable energy systems. 

Register Now!

We have closed e-registration, but you may still pay at the door tomorrow morning, Friday, Sept. 24

Tickets: $50 ( add $1 to help make this aclimate neutral event)                 

(Sorry.  We have sold out of Student Rate seats.)



Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. with continental breakfast.

Event begins at 8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks with Dr. Terry Collins and Dr. Patricia DeMarco

A View from the Field:  Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania Dr. John Stolz, CERE,  Duquesne University & Dr. Conrad (Dan) Volz, GSPH/CHEC, University of Pittsburgh

Video message from the Honorable Senator Robert Casey (PA)

Panel 1: Environmental Concerns and Policy Needs

Moderator: Secretary John Hanger, Pennsylvania DEP
Anthony Ingraffea, Ph.D., Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engingeering, Cornell Univervisity
Dusty Horwitt, Senior Counsel, Environmental Working Group
Steven Latta, Ph.D.,  Assistant Director of Conservation and Field Research, National Aviary

Panel 2: The Consequences: Communities and Society

Moderator: State Senator James Ferlo (PA)
Lance Simmens, Office of the Governor (PA)
Rick Bloomingdale, President,  Pennsylvania AFL/CIO
Peggy Utesch, Writer, Rifle, Colorado
Kent Moors, Ph.D., Poliltical Science Dept., Duquesne University

Keynote Session:

Introduction: André Heinz - Sustainable Technologies Fund

Keynote:  Karl-Henrik Robčrt – The Natural Step, Sweden

The Natural Step - An example from Whistler, B.C. - Mayor Ken Melamed, Canada

Panel 3:  Solutions For A sustainable Energy Future

Robert Stoehr, Manager, Photovoltaic Systems, Solar Power Industries
Antonio Escandari, Founder, Tuscany Corporation
George Hoguet, Director, Mid-Atlantic Operations, Native Energy
Chad Antle, P.E. Director of Operations at Swedish Biogas International LLC


Interactive Workshops (Concurrent Sessions)

Each session will develop a set of recommendations for action to be shared with the plenary group.  Results will be posted in the proceedings of the Conference

A: Community Action Plan for Mitigating Marcellus Shale Development

B: Building a Sustainable Energy Infrastructure –The next steps

Event ends at 5:30 p.m.