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Hanley Sustainability Institute

Jan. 31 Gilvary Symposium to explore the Green New Deal in the Rust Belt

By Mark Gokavi

University of Dayton students, staff and faculty and surrounding community members are invited to attend a Jan. 31 symposium on the Green New Deal.

The 2020 Gilvary Symposium sponsored by the Hanley Sustainability Institute, the University of Dayton School of Law and the UD Human Rights Center is entitled, “Building a Green New Deal in the Rust Belt: Legal, Policy and Democratic Challenges."

Registration, which includes lunch, is free for the event from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 in Keller Hall. Those attending the symposium must go to the Parking Visitor's Center at University Circle to be directed where to park.

Keynote speaker Robert C. Hockett, Edward Cornell Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, will explore the topic, "Financing the Green New Deal and Institutional Reform."

The symposium also will feature five panels:

1. Economic Realities: Can We Afford A Green New Deal? How Can We Not Afford A Green New Deal?

2. Can We Legally Implement A Green New Deal? If We Don’t Will There Be Anything Left To Govern?

3. Powering The Green New Deal: Labor And Energy

4. The Green New Deal And Urban Policy: Combating Environmental Racism

5. The Green New Deal And Exurban Policy: Combating Suburban Inertia, Agribusiness Dominance, And The Erosion Of Tribal Sovereignty

"Addressing the climate emergency is not just a technological problem; it is perhaps even more centrally an economic, political, and legal challenge,” said Ben McCall, executive director at the Hanley Sustainability Institute. “I'm really excited about the opportunity this symposium provides to focus our attention on the potential role of a Green New Deal in advancing sustainability.”

The symposium is made possible by The Honorable James J. Gilvary Fund for Law, Religion, and Social Justice. Continuing Law Education (CLE) credit in Ohio of 8.0 hours is pending approval. Questions can be directed to Lee Ann Ross at or at 937-229-3793. 

The Gilvary Symposium web page includes the full schedule, panel participants and links to the speakers’ biographies.

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