MIAMI FL, (October 17, 2011)—The University of Miami (UM), one of the nation’s leading research universities, will host the Society of Environmental Journalists 21st annual conference October 19-23. The event will gather this professional association of journalists, who report on global environmental topics for a variety of international news organizations.

“The University of Miami is pleased to welcome this group of working journalists, who play a vital role in educating the public through their reporting,” said UM President Donna E. Shalala.
The conference will be held at the Hotel Intercontinental in downtown Miami and will feature a remarkable roster of scientists, journalists and speakers. They will include representatives of government agencies, delegates of environmental organizations, businesses and community leaders and UM faculty experts on issues that impact the natural world at the local, national and international level.
Panels and workshops will cover a wide array of topics about the global environment such as sea-level rise, acidification, climate change, extreme weather, overfishing, pollution, and the economics of sustainability efforts, among others.

The UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, The Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, School of Communication,  and the Center for Ethics & Public Service are proud sponsors of the 2011 SEJ conference. In addition, the generosity of the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, FPL/NextEra Energy and the Toyota Motor Corporation have helped make it possible for UM to serve as host sponsor of this event.

The University’s high level of commitment to environmental stewardship makes an ideal backdrop for this event. In 2005 UM launched Green U, in order to officially direct the numerous sustainability efforts of the University. In 2007 President Donna E. Shalala signed the Talloires Declaration of the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future and the American College and University’s President’s Climate Commitment. The University is home to the first high-rise in South Florida that was designed and built for energy efficiency and sustainability, the Clinical Research Building on the Miller School of Medicine campus. More recently UM opened the Life and Technology Park, LEED Gold pre-certified, in Miami’s health district.
“The University Of Miami is deeply committed to reducing its impact on the environment,” says Ian McKeown, sustainability coordinator for the University of Miami. “Green U is the culmination of all efforts to increase sustainability throughout the University while educating the community to be stewards of the environment. Green U is also a University cultural movement in that each and every community member is encouraged to participate. Every step the University community takes to reduce waste and conserve water, electricity, and fuel propels the Green U Mission.”

Founded in 1925, UM has grown from its main campus in Coral Gables to include the Miller School of Medicine campus near downtown Miami, the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science campus on Virginia Key, and two campuses in southwest Miami-Dade County. U.S. News & World Report recognized UM as the No. 1 school in Florida, ranking it No. 38 in its listings of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2012.

The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives.

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