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May 6, 2004

Birmingham-Southern's 6th Annual Livable Cities Conference to focus on regional cooperation, green projects

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 recognized Coalition for a Livable Future, which united more than 50 citizen groups on the issue of sustainability.

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 solutions, land 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 non-profit organization.

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, call 205/226-4934.

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