Keynote Speaker


Jared Diamond 
"Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed"

Monday, January 28, 2008, 7 p.m.

Jared Diamond, Ph.D., universally regarded as one of the great minds of our time, is author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning book Guns, Germs and Steeland its followup Collapse. Through his books and lectures, Diamond explains the environmental and geographic reasons why certain human populations have flourished while others, such as the Vikings in Greenland, the Maya, and modern-day Rwandans, have fallen apart. His research offers insights into such questions as: What makes certain societies especially vulnerable? Why didn't their leaders recognize and address their environmental problems? And perhaps most importantly—What can we learn from their examples and do differently to avoid their fates?

Luncheon Speaker


Carolyn Watkins 
"Ohio's Environment"

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

As Chief of Ohio EPA's Office of Environmental Education, Carolyn Watkins oversees a grant program that provides $1 million annually to fund education projects in schools and universities. She also directs efforts to educate the general public and the regulated community about environmental concerns. Additionally, she oversees Ohio's Clean Diesel School Bus Retrofit grant program and Ohio EPA's environmental science and engineering scholarship program.

Watkins previously served as Section Manager in Ohio EPA's Division of Solid and Infectious Waste Management, where she coordinated legislative testimony, technical assistance, planning, and a $10 million scrap tire cleanup program. Prior to joining the Ohio EPA, she taught environmental policy at Oberlin College and the University of New Hampshire. Watkins received her B.A. from the University of Florida, and her M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she first became addicted to NCAA basketball. She also researched environmental policy in Germany under a two-year fellowship from the German government. She is a registered sanitarian, and serves on a number of environmental education boards and advisory committees.