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Release: Aug. 20, 2002
UI engineers to attend Aug. 26-Sept. 4 Johannesburg Summit 2002
University of Iowa College of Engineering will be represented at Johannesburg
Summit 2002, the World Summit on Sustainable Development, Aug. 26 to Sept.
4 in South Africa.
Jerry Schnoor (left), Allen S. Henry Professor of Engineering in the department
of civil and environmental engineering and co-director of the UI Center for
Global and Regional Environmental Research, will attend as a delegate and
will be accompanied by Ori Sivan, a junior in civil engineering and undergraduate
Johannesburg Summit organizers expect to attract tens of thousands of participants,
including heads of state and government, national delegates and leaders from
non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses and other major groups.
At their website (http://www.johannesburgsummit.org/html/basic_info/basicinfo.html),
organizers say they hope "to focus the world's attention and direct action
toward meeting difficult challenges, including improving people's lives and
conserving natural resources in a world that is growing in population, with
ever-increasing demands for food, water, shelter, sanitation, energy, health
services and economic security." The meeting will be an opportunity to
begin to implement Agenda 21, a global plan of action for sustainable development
on issues ranging from agriculture to science and technology adopted at the
1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
Commenting on the conference and its issues, Schnoor says, "Sustainable
development means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the
ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In the 10 years since
the Rio Earth Summit, we have come to the realization that we cannot solve
the world's environmental problems without first addressing the critical needs
for basic human health and sanitation in the developing world. Environment
and development are inextricably linked; a good environment can go hand-in-hand
with a good economy."
Schnoor, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, has research interests
in mathematical modeling of water quality, aquatic chemistry, groundwater
risk assessment and the impact of carbon emissions on global change. He is
also recognized for his research in the field of phytoremediation, the use
of plants to alleviate the effects of pollution.