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    The Economics of Ecology to be Examined by Duquesne Panel

    At a time when the federal sequestration budget cuts are impacting natural resources such as the U.S. National Parks, Duquesne University's Center for Environmental Research & Education (CERE) will hold a panel discussion to explore how sound ecological policy stimulates the economy.

    The event, which is free and open to the public, is set for Thursday, April 4, at 6 p.m. in the Pappert Lecture Hall of the Bayer Learning Center. A reception will follow.

    "It's important to realize that environmental stewardship and preservation of our natural resources have high economic import," said Dr. John Stolz, director of CERE.

    As an example, Stolz noted that high-quality streams and rivers for fishing and recreation generate significant dollars toward local economies. "We're trying to rebut this idea that environmental regulations negatively impact the economy," Stolz said.

    Panelists include:

    • Patricia DeMarco, energy and environment policy analyst
    • Roy Kraynyk, director of land protection, Allegheny Land Trust
    • Dr. Nagaraj Sivasubramaniam, associate professor, Palumbo•Donahue School of Business
    • John Wenzel, director, Powdermill Nature Reserve.

    For more information, contact envscience@duq.edu.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.