Environmentalist, Journalist, Corporate Attorney at Yale to Speak

The following talks at Yale University Feb. 2-8 are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise.

Environmental attorney will talk on urban stream protection

Lorraine Herson-Jones, environmental attorney and engineer with Science Applications International in McLean, Virginia, will be the next speaker in the semester-long series “The Restoration Agenda: Water!” at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her talk, titled “Site Planning for Urban Stream Protection,” will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium of Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St.

There is a fee of $100 per person for community participants for the series. A limited number of fellowships are available for qualified registrants. For registration information, contact Aimlee D. Laderman at 432-3335 or via e-mail at aimlee.laderman@yale.edu.

Herson-Jones will discuss preventive tools for environmental site planning in urban watersheds and will illustrate the municipal, state and regional approaches to urban stream protection with examples from Montgomery County in Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay Protection Areas in Virginia and the Land Development Statute in Vermont. Herson-Jones has 12 years of experience in regional water resource management and urban land planning. She has provided technical and policy support for resolving land-planning issues, ranging from local development projects to Chesapeake Bay protection areas. Her experience in the private sector includes storm water management design, wetlands delineations and forest conservation planning. While with the Council of Governments in Washington, D.C., she led the Urban Watershed Planning Section in developing restoration strategies and community outreach for the restoration of the Anacostia River.

Journalist Jeff Greenfield to Speak on Media and the Millennium

Award-winning journalist Jeff Greenfield will deliver the Inaugural Gary Fryer Memorial Lecture Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 4:30 p.m. in the Law School’s Levinson Auditorium, 127 Wall St.

Known for his reporting and commentary on politics and the media, Greenfield will discuss “The Media at the Millennium: How Did We Get Here?” A reception will follow.

Greenfield recently joined CNN as a correspondent, political analyst and anchor. From 1983 through 1997 he was political and media analyst for ABC News, appearing primarily on “Nightline” and delivering weekly commentaries on World News Sunday. Greenfield was media commentator for CBS News 1979-83, and has frequently appeared on William F. Buckley’s “Firing Line” program. He has won three Emmys for his television work, including two for his reports on South Africa, and the Washington Journalism Review named him “the best in the business” for his media analysis.

His novel, “The People’s Choice,” was a national bestseller and was named one of the notable books of 1995 by the New York Times Book Review. The author or coauthor of nine other books, Greenfield is at work on a second novel described as a satirical portrait of big media.

The Fryer Lecture, sponsored by the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale, was established by the officers of the University in January 1997 in memory of Gary G. Fryer, who served as Yale’s director of public affairs and special assistant to the president from 1994 until his death in 1997 at age 45.

Baxter International executive to speak at forestry school

William Blackburn, vice president and chief counsel for the corporate environmental, health and safety divisions at Baxter International Inc., a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of health-care products, will speak about “Measuring Corporate Environmental Performance in Financial Terms: The Baxter Experience” on Thursday, Feb. 5. His talk will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium of Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St. It will be followed by a reception in the Sage Hall lounge.

Blackburn’s lecture is the second in the spring series “How Do You Know If You’re Going Green? Measuring Corporate Environmental Performance,” sponsored by the Yale Industrial Environmental Management Program. As head of Baxter’s environmental, health and safety programs, Blackburn has advanced the state-of-the-art in corporate environmental reporting. He will discuss Baxter’s development and use of financial “income statements” for environmental programs, environmental management standards and performance measures. He joined Baxter in 1978, and is coauthor and coeditor of the “Baxter Environmental Manual.” Blackburn lectures frequently on environmental, health and safety issues.

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