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Speaker: Dr. Michael Kraft

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013

Time: Membership Social at 7:30, Program at 8:00 p.m.

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Dr. Michael E. Kraft

Dr. Michael E. Kraft

The United States and the world face a daunting array of environmental, energy, and resource problems in the decades ahead. These include the many risks associated with climate change; persistent growth in the human population and its needs for food, energy, and other critical resources; and a level of global economic development and energy use that could have profoundly adverse impacts on the economy, the quality of life, and the environmental systems on which life depends. Decisions made in the next several decades will determine the extent to which the world can chart a successful path to global sustainable development and a high quality of life for all. The United States of necessity will play a leading role in recognizing and responding to these problems, yet its record to date is not encouraging. The country needs to place global environmental problems far higher on the political agenda, reassess both short-term and long-term foreign policy goals to integrate these issues with traditional concerns, work closely with other nations to design and foster a more suitable array of policy actions, and build the essential public and political support worldwide. None of this will be easy to do, but the sooner the United States and other nations take the challenges seriously, the greater the likelihood of success.

Michael E. Kraft is Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs Emeritus and Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Environmental Studies Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of California, Riverside, and he received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from Yale University. He taught at UW-Green Bay from 1977 to 2012, and held visiting faculty appointments at Oberlin College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught courses on environmental politics and policy, public policy analysis, Congress, and environmental science and policy.

Among other works, he is author of Environmental Policy and Politics (5th ed., Pearson Longman 2011 ); co-author of Coming Clean: Information Disclosure and Environmental Performance (MIT Press 2011), co-author of Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives (CQ Press, 4th edition, 2013); and co-editor and contributing author of Environmental Policy (CQ Press, 8th ed., 2013); The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy (2013); Business and Environmental Policy (MIT Press, 2007); Toward Sustainable Communities: Transition and Transformations in Environmental Policy (MIT Press, 2nd ed. 2009); and Public Reactions to Nuclear Waste: Citizens' Views of Repository Siting (Duke University Press, 1993). He also serves as co-editor (with Sheldon Kamieniecki) of a book series, American and Comparative Environmental Policy, at MIT Press.

His research interests focus on U.S. environmental policy and politics, and his most recent project focused on the role of information disclosure in improving corporate environmental performance in the United States. It used the federal Toxics Release Inventory program to examine trends in toxic chemical releases and risk reduction at some 10,000 industrial facilities nationwide and the reasons for variation among firms, communities, and states. This research was funded by the National Science Foundation and was the focus of the book, Coming Clean, co-authored with Mark Stephan and Troy Abel.

Sponsor of this Month's Program - HunterMaclean

This program is being sponsored by HunterMaclean, the largest law firm in the state of Georgia outside of Atlanta. HunterMaclean represents a wide variety of companies and individuals throughout Georgia, South Carolina, the Southeast and the United States. We appreciate its support!

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