Published: September 10, 2008
Hundreds of people from around the world will meet — physically and
electronically — at The University of Tampa on Saturday, Oct. 11, to
discuss locally based solutions to climate change.
Charter Climate Change Community Summit, coordinated by Earth Charter
U.S., will highlight sustainability initiatives in business, education
and government from more than 25 locations, including Portland, Ore.,
Honolulu, Hawaii, New York, N.Y., Senegal, Africa, Temagami, Canada,
Okinawa, Japan, Hamburg, Germany and Bournemouth, UK.
Charter U.S. is coordinating the summit in celebration of the United
Nations’ International Year of Planet Earth, and is underwriting the Web
connection among participating cities. Earth Charter is an
international declaration of values and principles for building a just,
sustainable and peaceful global society.
The all-day event at UT will feature videoconferences, workshops and lectures. Highlights include:
- Alexander Likhotal, president and CEO of Green Cross International
and advisor to Mikhail Gorbachev, will speak at UT at 11:05 a.m.
- Lunch and “Webcast Global Round-Robin,” in which each city will give
a two-minute presentation on its commitment to addressing climate
change, will run from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.
- From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. children can participate in Earth Scouts, a
scouting program for boys and girls ages 3-13. The festival features
children’s hands-on activities in human rights, respect for nature,
economic justice and a culture of peace. For more information, go to
- A post summit party, with live music, food and beverages, will be held at 4:15 p.m. for registered attendees.
The public is invited to the free day-long summit, which will be held
in Falk Theatre and the Vaughn Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Registration begins at Falk Theatre at 10 a.m.
In 2001, UT helped
launch Earth Charter U.S., which was striving to create a national
movement focusing on sustainability. Its initiatives were broadcast via
satellite from UT to 12 U.S. cities. Today Earth Charter U.S. is a
volunteer community-building organization based in Tampa.
for the summit include United Nations-Habitat, Physicians for Social
Responsibility, International Council on Local Environmental
Initiatives-US, Northwest Ecological Institute, Citizens’ Network for
Sustainable Development and the U.S. Earth Charter Community Alliance.
For more information about the summit, visit www.earthcharterus.org.
Sustainable Business Awards luncheon and award ceremony
day before, on Friday, Oct. 10, Earth Charter U.S. and UT will host a
luncheon at which the Sustainable Business Awards will be announced. The
luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Vaughn Center at
The awards will recognize 15 Bay area businesses in three
different categories whose efforts have demonstrated sustainable
business practices that embrace social, economic and environmental
responsibility. In addition, the event will serve as the initial step in
the formation of an Earth Charter Sustainable Business Coalition. The
coalition, comprised of top executives and corporate officers, will help
to shape Tampa Bay’s sustainable economy.
A team of graduate
students from UT, under the guidance of Daniel Verreault, UT associate
professor of accounting, developed the criteria for the awards.
keynote speaker will be Eric Maltzer, a leading consultant at Esty
Environmental Partners (EEP), which produced Green to Gold, a template
for CEOs and managers who want to make sustainability a core element of
strategy — and profit from it.
Tickets cost $50 for individuals. For more information or to register, go to www.earthcharterus.org/summit-wkend.html.