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Growth and the Future of the Chesapeake Bay

The conference “Growth and the Future of the Chesapeake Bay” took place on January 13-14, 2015 at Hood College in Frederick, Md. With more than 200 people in attendance, the conference tackled hard questions about economic growth, population growth, and their combined impact on natural resources of the Chesapeake region.

Images of slides used by the guest speakers are available through the links below.

Tuesday, January 13

Why Growth is Ending
Richard Heinberg, author of The End of Growth: Why We Won’t Be Able to Resume Business as Usual

Does Growth Make Us Better Off?
Eben Fodor, author of Better Not Bigger: How to Take Control of Urban Growth and Improve Your Community

Is Green Growth the Answer?
Peter Victor, author of Managing without Growth: Slower by Design Not Disaster

Economics for a Full World
Herman Daly, author of Steady-State Economics and founder of Ecological Economics

Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution 
Brian Czech, conservation biologist and founder of the Center for Steady State Economy

PANEL: Nature and Growth: A Fish-Eye View 
Moderated by Brian Czech

  • Scott Stranko, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Jim Uphoff, Maryland Department of Natural Resources 
  • Robert Hildebrand, University of Maryland
  • Dennis Whigham, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 

PANEL: Local Solutions
Moderated by Eben Fodor

  • Greg Bowen, Calvert County Department of Planning (retired)
  • Elliott Campbell, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Tom Olivier, Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population
  • Dru Schmidt Perkins, 1000 Friends of Maryland

Enough is Enough: Responding to the Environmental and Economic Challenge of Our Times
Rob Dietz, author of Enough is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a Finite World

Wednesday, January 14

The Rise and Fall of Population Activism and the Way Forward

Bill Ryerson, The Population Institute

Population, Immigration and the Chesapeake Bay 
Tom Horton, Chesapeake Bay author and journalist

Changing Demographics: Latinos and the Chesapeake Bay
Ramon Palencia-Calvo, Maryland League of Conservation Voters

Local Responses to Global Problems
Bob Engelman of the Worldwatch Institute and author of More: Population, Nature and What Women Want

Vermont’s Optimum Population 
George Plumb, Vermonters for a Sustainable Population

The Story of Us
Tom Butler, Foundation for Deep Ecology

Advocating Population as an Environmental Issue: Opportunities and Challenges 
Nancy Wallace, former director of the Sierra Club’s international population program

PANEL: Lessons and Solutions for the Chesapeake Bay Region
Moderated by John Seager, The Population Connection

  • Bill Dennison, UMD Center for Environmental Science
  • Nick DiPasquale, EPA Chesapeake Bay Program
  • Peyton Robertson, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
  • Tom Simpson, University of Maryland
  • Ann Pesiri Swanson, Chesapeake Bay Commission

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