Discussions on sustainability principles and practices will highlight an open public forum at Washington State University Oct. 14-15, hosted by the WSU Environmental Science and Regional Planning Program.

The event is intended to show what can be done and is being done to foster sustainability, as well as focus on opportunities for individual to become
proactive participants in sustainability programs, according to Eldon Franz, forum director and professor of environmental science and regional

The opening session will focus on research and extension programs for sustainability with a keynote presentation by James Dobrowolski, WSU water extension specialist. Other presentations will deal with citizen involvement and community programs, physical plant and built environment, and education, with a closing keynote from John Baldwin, founding director of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment at the University of Oregon.

Panel discussions with participants from government, higher education and the private sector will follow keynote presentations.

Sessions will begin at 9:10 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. each day and will be conducted in Room 216 of the Compton Union Building.

“This is the first of what we intend to establish as an annual forum,” Franz said. “It’s designed to appeal especially to students, to show them what we are doing and acquaint them with the opportunities in
sustainability fields that may impact their career choices.”

Related events include the annual Lane Family Lecture in Environment Science presented by Dr.David Suzuki Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Todd Auditorium, and a program, “Sustainable Management of Publicly Owned Aquatic Lands,” conducted by the Thomas S. Foley Institute Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Room 334 of Todd Hall.