Purdue Calumet introduces Environmental Forum; region challenges discussed 4/17

“Environmental Challenges and Opportunities for the Calumet Region” will be discussed during the inaugural event of an Environmental Partnership forum series introduced by Purdue University Calumet and co-sponsored by The Times at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 17 on campus.

Mark Bouman, Chicago Region program director for the Division of Environment, Culture and Conservation at The Field Museum, will kick off the Environmental Partnership event with his presentation of the forum topic. A former, longtime faculty member at Chicago State University, Bouman helped start the university’s Calumet Environmental Resource Center and the Lake Calumet Ecosystem Partnership.

Following his presentation will be a roundtable discussion of more specific regional challenges. Roundtable participants include Bouman; representatives from local industry and the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission; and Purdue Calumet Professors Chandramouli Viswanathan, Young Choi and Robert Kramer.

The free forum will be held in the Powers Computer Education Building’s CIVS Theater. Due to limited seating, attendees are encouraged to advance register by phoning 219/989-2468.

Introduced by Purdue Calumet’s School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, the Environmental Partnership seeks to bring together key regional constituents interested in securing a positive environmental future for the Calumet/Lake Shore region.

“This is an effort to create a public forum for expanding understanding of issues and exploring thoughtful strategies about our regional environment through rationale, collegial discussion,” Interim Dean of Purdue Calumet’s School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Michael Henson said. “We believe that an Environmental Partnership that fosters knowledge and empowers successful environmental stewardship to maximize the quality of life for region residents and stakeholders offers great potential for our region.”

Henson added that such an Environmental Partnership will provide opportunities to encourage cooperation and team building among researchers, conservationists, environmentalists, business and industry, and the public. It also will be a platform for informed discourse of regional environmental issues, as well as a vehicle for Purdue Calumet to apply its environmental expertise and resources.

Individuals desiring to learn more about the Environmental Partnership and its forum series are invited to contact Professor Henson at henson@purduecal.edu.