FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2004
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Regional cooperation
and green projects will be the focus of the 6th Annual Livable
Cities Conference at
Birmingham-Southern College May 13-14.
The conference will feature keynote speaker Rex Burkholder, District
5 Councilor in Portland, Ore., and founding trustee of the nationally
for a Livable Future, which united more than 50 citizen groups on the issue
The day and a half of educational sessions begins at 8 a.m. on
Thursday, May 13, and will include presentations on earth craft
homes, concrete homes, green
custodial supplies, and how developers and builders can use green building
methods, among other topics.
Other speakers will include Daniel Slone, a 1980 BSC graduate
and partner in the firm of McGuire Woods, who is an expert in environmental
use, energy and utilities, government contracts, and regulatory solutions,
and Rick Bernhardt, who is executive director of the Nashville Metro Planning
Department and known for his efforts in proactive, community-based planning.
Birmingham Mayor Bernard Kincaid will
open the conference. Birmingham recently was named one of America's
Most Livable Cities by Partners for Livable Communities, a national
The conference, which focuses on sustainable
community issues, is sponsored by BSC's Southern Environmental
Center, the Birmingham Metropolitan Planning Organization, and
the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham.
The conference is free and open to the
public and will be held in BSC's
Norton Campus Center. To register for the conference or for more information,