|WHAT:||Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON) semiannual subscriber forecast/program, “A Celebration of Earth Day 2010: The Environment and New Jersey’s Economy.” R/ECON is offered by the Center for Urban Policy Research, part of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.|
|WHO:||Bloustein School Dean James W. Hughes, co-author of the recent report Y2K+10: A New Decade Unfolds, which detailed how the “Great American Job Creation Machine” of the 20th century stalled at the start of the new millennium, will offer an overview of the U.S. economy. R/ECON Director Nancy H. Mantell will provide insight into New Jersey’s near-term and long-term economic pictures. Gary Sondermeyer, chief of staff and director of operations at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), will address the sometimes difficult co-existence of sound environmental and economic policies and realities on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The trio will be joined by economist and University Professor Joseph J. Seneca, co-author of Y2K+10, in a round table covering the state’s economic and environmental prospects.|
|WHEN:||1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Earth Day, April 22|
|WHERE:||Special Events Forum, Civic Square, 33 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick|
Sondermeyer has spent much of his career with DEP, including as assistant commissioner of environmental regulation, managing five divisions. He earned Bachelor of Science (1979) and Master of City and Regional Planning (1984) degrees from Rutgers.
More than 20 million people participated in the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, responding to U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson’s (D-Wisc.) call for an environmental teach-in. Earth Day is now observed by an estimated 500 million people and several national governments in 175 countries.
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