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Mike Kavanaugh to deliver the Perry McCarty Distinguished Lecture for 2015: Reflections on Sustainable Futures: The Trade-Off Challenge

Principal Mike Kavanaugh, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, WEF Fellow, will be giving a lecture titled “Reflections on Sustainable Futures: The Trade-Off Challenge” on Friday, May 22 at Stanford University as part of The Perry McCarty Distinguished Lecture Series.

Mike's lecture will address how, inevitably, development decisions confront a “trade-off” problem. For environmental professionals, who often have a lead role in development projects, the “trade-off” challenge has become more complex over the past 50 years. In this lecture, he will provide reflections on the evolution of the sustainability paradigm in the U.S. and the “trade-off” challenge, and draw on two recent National Research Council (NRC) reports that provide guidance on how sustainability concepts could be integrated into EPA decision-making. The so-called “Green Book” (NRC, 2011) recommends a sustainability and assessment process for EPA decisions, while the more recent study (“Sustainability Concepts in Decision-Making”, NRC, 2014) assesses the applicability of a suite of tools and approaches for implementing the recommended process. In the absence of legislative mandates on sustainability goals, I will argue the need for a pragmatic, science-based, adaptive management approach to balance the many factors in the economic, environmental, and social pillars encompassing the sustainability paradigm.

Mike serves on the Board of Directors for the Environmental Law Institute and was the Chair of the National Research Council's Committee on Future Options for the Nation's Subsurface Remediation Efforts and a member of the Committee on Incorporating Sustainability in the US EPA, which is responsible for creating the operational framework for sustainability for EPA.

Event Details
The Perry McCarty Distinguished Lecture: Reflections on Sustainable Futures: The Trade-Off Challenge
Friday, May 22, 2015
12:15 pm
Tresidder Memorial Union, Oak Lounge

Audience: General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends
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