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2014 Salk Symposium

Jonas Salk Centenary Symposium on Sustainability

OCTOBER 28, 2014

8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
William Pitt Union Assembly Room, 3959 Fifth Avenue
Luncheon and reception will be held in the Ballroom

The Jonas Salk Centenary Symposium on Sustainability: SURVIVAL OF THE WISEST at the University of Pittsburgh commemorates the 100th anniversary of Jonas Salk’s birth. While he is most well-known for the polio vaccine, Jonas Salk’s commitment to a sustainable human future was a major topic of his writings after his polio work. The program featuring speakers from multiple disciplines and perspectives, addressing sustainability with a focus on the environment, the economy, global health and the human dimension of what will be required to bring about constructive change.

Program

8:00 Registration and Breakfast
8:35 Welcome by Patricia Beeson, provost, University of Pittsburgh
8:40 Welcome by Bernard Goldstein, professor emeritus, Pitt Public Health
8:45 Opening remarks by Peter Salk, president, Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation
9:00 Welcome by Patrick Gallagher, chancellor, University of Pittsburgh

THE AGE OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

9:05 Introduction by Peter Salk
9:10 Keynote address: Jeffrey Sachs, director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

HOW SUSTAINABILITY AND A BOTTOM UP APPROACH CAN CREATE A HEALTHY GREEN ECONOMY

10:20 Introduction by Clyde Jones, president, Medical and Health Sciences Foundation, University of Pittsburgh and UPMC
10:25 Session address: Van Jones, co-host, Crossfire, CNN; former green jobs advisor to the Obama White House
11:35 Break

DON’T JUST SIT THERE – DO SOMETHING! FINDING SOLUTIONS AND CREATING ENERGY SMART COMMUNITIES

11:55 Introduction by Karen Feinstein, president and CEO, Jewish Healthcare. Foundation
12:00 LUNCHEON and Session address: Joylette Portlock, president, Communitopia; board member, Allegheny County Board of Health
1:05 Break

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESSES IN SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

1:20 Introduction by Eva Blum, executive VP and director, Community Affairs, PNC 
1:25 Discussion panel moderated by Bernard Goldstein. Panelists: Jane Madden, partner, Mission Measurement; Neil C. Hawkins, chief sustainability officer, The Dow Chemical Company; Allison Robinson, director of environmental initiatives, UPMC; Benson Gabler, vice president, manager of corporate sustainability, PNC Financial Services Group

ACTING AS IF TOMORROW MATTERS: ACCELERATING THE TRANSITION TO SUSTAINABILITY

2:35 Introduction by Bernard Goldstein
2:40 Session address: John Dernbach, professor, Widener Law School; former director, Advanced Science and Research Team, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources

A PATH APPEARS: TRANSFORMING LIVES, CREATING OPPORTUNITY

3:45 Introduction by Peter Salk
3:50 Session address: Nicholas Kristof, New York Times journalist
4:55 Closing remarks by Bernard Goldstein and Peter Salk
5:10 Reception with book signing by Nicholas Kristof

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Event Questions?

Please e-mail Jill Reumpler (ruempler@pitt.edu) or call 412-383-8849.

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About the Jonas Salk Symposia Series at Pitt Public Health

While most known for polio vaccine development, Jonas Salk's broader commitments to a sustainable human future were major topics of his later writings on the environment, the economy, global health, the meaning of health, and the human dimension of creating constructive change. The Jonas Salk Symposia, hosted by Pitt Public Health, honor him by bringing together speakers from diverse disciplines to discuss the continuing importance of one such theme each year. Recent, upcoming, and proposed symposia topics include:

Recent Jonas Salk Symposia topics

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