Ecologist Speaks on the Myth of Sustainability

William Rees

Noted ecologist William Rees delivered the inaugural lecture of the Barbara B. and Bertram J. Cohn Professorship of Environmental Studies at Sarah Lawrence College on Wednesday, November 17 at 5:30 p.m. in Titsworth Lecture Hall. Dr. Laura Westra, inaugural holder of the new professorship at Sarah Lawrence introduced Dr. Rees. His talk, titled "The Myth of Sustainability," addressed public policy implications of global environmental trends and the necessary ecological conditions for sustainable development.

Professor and Director of the University of British Columbia's School of Community and Regional Planning, Rees is co-author of Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on Earth. He is also co-director of the University of British Columbia's Healthy and Sustainable Communities Task Force. Dr. Rees developed the "ecological footprint" concept, an analytic tool that provides land-based indicators of economic sustainability, or unsustainability, and has lectured on sustainable development and ecological foot-printing around the world.