FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Date: April 8, 2003

            Contact: Jason Jones, 206-7874


UIS program marks Earth Week 2003


SPRINGFIELD In observance of Earth Week 2003, the Environmental Studies program at the University of Illinois at Springfield will present a two-part program titled Illinois: An Environment for Change.

The first session examines Illinois Conservation Efforts and is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 21, in Brookens Auditorium.

Brent Manning, director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and former director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, will deliver keynote remarks on “Illinois Conservation Legacy: Past and Present.”  A panel discussion and questions and comments from the audience will follow the address.

Panelists will be Carolyn Grosboll, director of the Illinois Nature Preserve Commission; Vern Lagesse, president of Friends of Sangamon Valley; Brenda Molano-Flores, C-TAP program coordinator for the Illinois Natural History Survey; and Gerry Rodeen, member of the national board of directors of Pheasants Forever.

Malcolm Levin, professor of Environmental Studies at UIS, will open the program.

The second session will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, also in Brookens Auditorium, and will focus on Urban Sprawl and Smart Growth in Illinois.

Heather Smith of Chicago Metropolis 2020 will deliver the keynote address on “The



Metropolis Plan: Choices for the Chicago Region.”  The panel will include Bill Warren, professor of Environmental Studies at UIS; David Killiman, Springfield Regional Planning Commission; Tom Hevisides, from the Balanced Growth Office of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources; and Deana Glosser, also from the Department of Natural Resources. Time will be allotted for questions and comments from the audience.

Warren will open Wednesday=s session.

Both programs are free and open to the public and are made possible by a grant from the Monsanto Company. Brookens Auditorium is located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus.

For more information, contact the Environmental Studies program at 206-6720.