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HHH's Carissa Schively Slotterback speaking on Sustainable Water Policy & Environmental Innovations in Austria, June 27

carissa.jpgSustainable Water Policy and Environmental Innovations in Austria
Date: 06/27/2012 Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: 710 Social Sciences
Cost: Free

Description:
Carissa Schively Slotterback is an associate professor in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. In April she was invited to participate in the George C. Marshall Program on urban planning in Vienna, Austria. Hans Kordik is the Austrian Counselor for Agriculture and the Environment currently stationed at the Austrian Embassy, Washington, D.C.

The presentation will highlight insights from the two planning and environmental experts and will explore innovative approaches to reducing environmental impacts. The first presentation by Professor Slotterback will offer a comparative perspective on current innovations in planning and policy in Austria, comparing them to the U.S. urban environmental planning context. The presentation will highlight project examples related to waste management, non-motorized transportation, energy, climate change, housing, and land use planning. Integrating images from her recent visit to Vienna and Graz as part of the Marshall Plan, the presentation will explore design, policy, social, and cultural differences between the U.S. and Austria that have fostered a very high level of innovation in addressing environmental impacts in Austria's largest cities.

Hans Kordik will offer additional perspectives related to water policy in the Austrian context. Austria uses less than 4% of its fresh water resources and provides the highest drinking water quality of the world. The presentation will focus on the challenges and impact of the diverse water usages from agriculture, energy, to transport policy. Austria has been a member of the European Union since 1995. Even though the "Alpine Republic" has a long tradition in water policy, this presentation shall highlight some differences between EU-, national-, and regional laws to safeguard Austria's water as well as waste water protection. As a land-locked country, having treaties with the eight neighboring countries is essential, as water protection does not halt at the boarder. Based on this example, Mr. Kordik's presentation will focus on international cooperation regarding water policy.

Contact:

Name: Center for Austrian Studies
E-mail: casahy(at)umn.edu
Phone: 612 624 9811
Sponsored by: Austrian Studies, Global Studies

Parking:

Parking is available on the west bank of the University of MInnesota campus in the 21st Ave ramp or the 19th Ave. ramp. Please check with the parking and transportation services web site for construction updates: http://www1.umn.edu/pts/park/visitorparking.html

More information: http://www.cas.umn.edu

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Center for Austrian Studies, 612 624 9811 or email casahy(at)umn.edu.

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