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Student tickets $10; $35 tickets for ECM subscribers

February 28, 2012 (San Diego) – Named among Time Magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet”, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has led legal battles to protect clean water, help indigenous tribes preserve homelands, and defend our environment around the world. 

The famed environmental lawyer, author, “Ring of Fire” radio co-host, and member of one of America’s most prominent political families will be the keynote speaker Saturday, March 3 at the “Forging a Sustainable Future” conference at San Diego State University.

Kennedy will share his vision for attaining a sustainable future for our region, our nation and our world.  His keynote speech will be presented at 3:30 with a reception to follow at 4:30.  The two-day conference, sponsored by UnitedGREEN, will feature a variety of other prominent speakers, with opportunities for audience participation. (See full schedule and ticket details below).

He was just 14 years old when his famous father, presidential candidate and U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated.  Since then, he has dedicated his life to protecting public health and our environment.  

A graduate of Harvard University with a Masters in environmental law from Pace University School of Law, he also studied at the London School of Economics and University of Virginia Law School. 

Today, he serves as chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper  and as president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, inspiring formation of over 130 WAterkeeper organizations across the globe. He is also clinical professor of Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic and co-host of Air America’s “Ring of Fire” radio show on environmental issues. He has also served as assistant district attorney in New York City.

He is credited with leading the fight to protect New York City’s water supply and heading up efforts to halt anti-environmental legislation in Congress.  He’s helped negotiate treaties and worked on environmental issues with tribes in Canada and Latin America.

Kennedy has also authored several books including the New York Times’ bestseller, Crimes Against Nature.  A licensed master falconer, he is also an avid whitewater enthusiast who has led expeditions on rivers in Peru, Columbia, Venezuela and Canada.

TICKETS:   ECM subscribers and donors may obtain tickets for just $35.  Student rates have been dropped to $10 to encourage the leaders of tomorrow to attend.  Advance tickets to assure your reservation are strongly recommended! (Rates for non-ECM subscribers is $95. Subscribe free to ECM at the top right side of our homepage.)

Buy tickets at http://unitedgreen.org/.   ECM’s editor also has a half-dozen free tickets for community leaders in East County who wish to attend or for those with economic hardship. Contact editor@eastcountymagazine.org for details.


Date:  March 3 and 4

Where: San Diego State University, Exercise & Nutrition Science Bldg., Conference Rm. 280

Sat. March 3

7:45am to 9:00am – Sign in and Continental Breakfast

9:00am to 10:30am – Speakers Stephen Whitburn, Welcome, Congresswoman, Susan Davis, Intro Remarks & Joseli Macedo PhD, Sustainable Curitiba Brazil


10:30am to 10:45 - Break


10:45am to 11:00am – Dr. Honea, PhD (economics) & Eco Designer, Jim Bell, Eco-designer, Becoming renewable energy self-sufficient in the San Diego/Tijuana Region

11:00am to 12:30pm – Becoming Renewable Energy Self-sufficient Panel: Navy Captain Marko Medved P.E., Civil Engineer Corp, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, SW Operations Officer, Kevin Beiser, SD Unified Schools, Mike Bullock, Sierra Club & Jim Bell, Eco-designer


12:30pm to 1:25pm - Lunch and Networking


1:25pm to 1:35pm – Dr. Geoff Chase, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Welcome to SDSU

1:35pm to 2pm – Jim Bell, Becoming Renewable Water Self-sufficient in the San Diego/Tijuana Region

2:00pm to 3:15pm – Becoming Water Self-sufficient Panel, Dr. Heather Honea, PhD Economics, Hon. Lori Saldana, Clinton Administration Appointee, The Advisory Council of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission and former Cal. Assembly pro Tempore,  Greg Click, Certified Trainer for Green Plumber’s Accreditation with the International Assoc. Plumber’s Mechanical Officials and Oscar Romo, PhD, Tijuana River Estuary.


3:15pm to 3:30pm – Break


3:30pm to 4:30pm – Keynote Address, Robert F Kennedy Jr.

4:30pm to 5:30pm – VIP Reception with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

4:30pm to 6:30pm – Cocktail reception, hors d’ oeuvres & networking

5:30pm to 6:00pm – Book Signing, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.


Sunday, March 4, 2012


7:45am to 9:00am – 9:05am, Welcome & Intro, Stephen Whitburn

9:05am to 9:50am – American University, The 30,000 Foot View, Morgan Pitts


10:30am to 10:45am – Break


10:45am to 11:00am – Becoming Food Self-sufficient in the San Diego/Tijuana Region, Jim Bell, Eco-designer

11:00am to 12:30pm, Becoming Food Self-sufficient Panel, Panelists include: Congressman Bob Filner, (Rated 100% by the league of Conservation voters, Richard Anthony, Zero Waste San Diego, Steve Wright, President, 4 Walls International Inc., Jim Bell, Eco-designer


12:30pm to 1:30pm – Lunch, Networking


1:30pm to 2:00pm – Zero Waste, Richard Anthony

2:00pm to 2:30pm – All Aspects of Sustainability in Malaysia, Steve Wright, President, 4 Walls International Inc.


2:30pm to 2:45pm – Break


2:45pm to 4:00pm – Plenary Panel, Bringing it All Together

4:00pm to 4:15pm – Congressman John Garamendi, Sustainability Thoughts

4:15pm to 4:45pm – Closing Remarks, Jim Bell

4:45pm to 5:00pm – Thank You, Dr. Mark Hanson, President of  the Heartland Coalition

5:00pm to 6:30pm – Cocktail Reception: hors d’ oeuvres & networking 


East County Magazine publisher, Heartland Coalition, is the parent nonprofit for UnitedGREEN, an organization dedicated to empowering sustainable communities.


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