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Colorado State University’s Institute for Livestock and the Environment Welcomes Noted Author Lester Brown to 2nd Annual Stakeholder Summit

October 1, 2009
Lester Brown, president of Earth Policy Institute, will deliver the keynote address to the ILE's 2nd Annual Stakeholder Summit on November 19.

Lester Brown, president of Earth Policy Institute, will deliver the keynote address to the ILE's 2nd Annual Stakeholder Summit on November 19.

Fort Collins, Colorado–Colorado State University’s Institute for Livestock and the Environment (ILE) presents Lester Brown, renowned author and expert on agricultural sustainability and environmental issues, as the keynote speaker at the ILE’s 2nd Annual Stakeholder Summit on November 19th at the Fort Collins Hilton. Brown will also be giving a free public lecture on his new book at CSU’s Lory Student Center at 7:00 p.m. that evening.

Brown is the president of Earth Policy Institute, an organization dedicated to building an economically and environmentally sustainable future for the planet. He has received scores of awards and honorary degrees and written several books, including Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, published in 2009. Brown has spent much of his career working on issues at the intersection of agriculture and the environment, including research focused on food, population, water, climate change, and renewable energy.

The ILE’s 2nd Annual Stakeholder Summit is a forum for disseminating information about research conducted by ILE faculty members, and for exchanging ideas with stakeholders from both livestock and environmental groups. This year’s conference theme, “working together to solve environmental problems,” reflects the core mission and purpose of the Institute—solving real-world environmental problems facing the livestock industry and communities in the Great Plains and Intermountain West.

The ILE is currently accepting abstracts for both oral and poster presentations. Stakeholders, graduate students, and faculty are encouraged to submit their work. The abstract submission deadline is October 15, 2009. Abstracts will be reviewed by the program committee, and authors will be notified of their abstract’s status by October 30, 2009. For questions about the Stakeholder Summit,  visit www.livestockandenvironment.info.

In 2008, the Stakeholder Summit served as a kick-off event for the recently established Institute, giving the 70 stakeholders in attendance a chance to voice their concerns and ideas about the most pressing environmental issues facing the livestock industry—issues that ILE members could address through collaborative research. This year, ILE is focused on communicating the results of recent and on-going projects, and continuing a dialog with stakeholders to ensure that ILE is addressing relevant topics.

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