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Birmingham-Southern to host third annual Livable Cities Conference

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-The factors that lead to more livable cities will be the topic of the third annual Livable Cities Conference at Birmingham-Southern College April 11.

The keynote speaker will be Andres Duany, founding member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and one of the designers of more than 200 new towns, regional plans, and community revitalization projects including Seaside, Fla., and locally, the Town of Mt. Laurel.

The half-day of educational sessions will address such issues as transportation and energy use, land use planning, bicycle and pedestrian environments, sustainable communities, satellite imaging, watersheds, and green areas.

The conference is being co-sponsored by Birmingham-Southern College, Southern Environmental Center, Associated Colleges of the South, and the Town of Mt. Laurel.

Other speakers will include Jennifer Greer, gardening and environmental writer and co-author of Alabama Gardens Great and Small; Jane Reed Ross, principal, Ross Kelly Landscape Architects PC and expert in ecological "retrofitting" and green area master planning; Steve Ortmann, senior project manager, STV Inc., a New York engineering, architecture, and urban planning firm; and Steve McKinney, GIS Database supervisor for the Storm Water Management Authority.
For more information about the conference that will be held in BSC's Norton Campus Center Theatre, call 226-4934.

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