Chestertown, MD, January 13, 2006 — Washington College's Center for Environment and Society and the Eastern Shore Heritage present "The Dollars and Sense of Sustainable Development," a lecture by Ed McMahon, the Charles Fraser Senior Resident Fellow for Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute, Wednesday, January 25, at 7 p.m. in the Litrenta Lecture Hall of the Toll Science Center. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
Renowned for his dynamic and engaging presentations, McMahon is an expert on sustainable development, land conservation, urban design, and historic preservation. As an attorney, community planner, lecturer, and author, McMahon has overseen many successful efforts to acquire and protect urban parkland, wilderness areas, and other conservation properties. He is also the co-founder and former president of Scenic America, a national non-profit organization devoted to protecting America's scenic landscapes. He has an M.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Alabama and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law School, where he taught law and public policy.
Launched in 2000, Washington College's Center for Environment and Society brings significant new perspectives to the study of natural and human-influenced systems and their mutual interdependence globally and here in the Chesapeake Bay region. Through programs such as the Rural Community Leadership seminars and its Geographic Information Systems lab, the Center seeks to provide a neutral academic forum for addressing difficult policy issues and to promote interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to solving environmental and quality-of-life issues. Throughout its varied projects, the Center encourages and supports the active involvement of Washington College students from all majors.