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November 8, 2011 (San Diego)--UnitedGREEN’s Forging a Sustainable Future event series begins on November 12 and 13 at Irwin M. Jacobs Hall at Qualcomm Corporate Headquarters in Sorrento Valley. This two-part event covers a wide array of topics including green building, green job training, building sustainable communities, community redevelopment, renewable energy sources, community- centered architecture, and green transportation. The goal of the conference is to plan for economic, environmental, and cultural sustainability in the San Diego/Tijuana region. View video of ECM publisher Mark Hanson of Lakeside discussing this global event (click screen above).

Saturday, November 12 will focus on how the region can become self-sustaining in water, energy and food. Sunday, November 13 will focus on what individuals and organizations can do right now to start to effect changes that will not only conserve resources to benefit the future.

Conference co-chair Patrick Hurley said, “At the November event, we will create the collaborative efforts necessary to achieve our goals of sustainability. UnitedGREEN aims to nurture this shared leadership and encourage participants to identify key issues and solutions with a commitment to build on these partnerships through collaboration with an eye toward our March event.”

The March event, featuring a keynote speaker, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., will chart the progress made since November and address the challenges still confronting the region as it continues the effort to foster grassroots, government, academic, and business alliances to ensure a green future. The second part of the conference will be held March 3 and 4, 2012, at SDSU.

Kennedy is a Clinical Professor of Environmental Law and co-director of the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace University School of Law. He also serves as a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, and is the founder and chair of the Waterkeeper Alliance which has 191 affiliates around the world.

The public is welcome to attend and participate in this town hall-style symposium with federal, state and local policy makers as well as leaders from industry and education to work on actual solutions—a key component of this conference which is lacking in many other events when no direct input or action is sought

This weekend’s speakers and panelists will include local environmental consultant Jim Bell; Dr. Tony Haymet, UCSD, Scripps Institute of Oceanography; Andrew Berg, NECA; San Diego Councilmembers Marti Emerald and Todd Gloria; Dr. Heather Honea, Eco-Economics professor; Jim Waring, former Asst. to the mayor and CleanTECH San Diego Exec Director; Professor Oscar Romo, Coordinator , Tijuana River Estuary; Bill Powers, Ecological Engineer and Entrepreneur; Dr. Bill Roley, applied ecologist, environmental instructor and consultant, and founder of the Permaculture Institute of Southern California. In addition, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom is slated to speak.

“We believe that this will be remembered as an unusually dynamic conference, with great presentations, panels, community forums and real-world results,” said Mark Hanson, PhD, executive director of Heartland. UnitedGREEN is initiating extended discussions with community leaders, conference attendees, sponsors and supporters to speed the transition to a sustainable future for humanity.”

Admission is $45 for the November or $95 for both events and there is a special student discount rate of just $10 for the November event, to encourage the participation of the next generation in helping to shape solutions. For more information visit:


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