Sustainable cities expert takes stage at OSU-Cascades lunchtime lecture

Sep 06, 2012

As living standards increase in our rapidly urbanizing world, the consequences for the global environment that supports our modern civilization are becoming more serious.  On Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at Oregon State University - Cascades' first It's in the Bag lecture of the season, Robert Liberty will explore the challenges and opportunities that face cities as they steer their development into a process that is more sustainable. As part of his remarks, he will discuss the opportunities for universities to contribute to the design, construction and operation of sustainable cities. The lecture will be introduced and moderated by Matt Shinderman, a senior instructor in OSU-Cascades' natural resources program, and the lead for the university's new double-degree in sustainability.

Liberty is a research associate for the Sustainable Cities Initiative, a cross-disciplinary organization at the University of Oregon that seeks to promote education, service, public outreach and research on the design and development of sustainable cities. He has worked for 31 years to promote livable and sustainable cities, at the neighborhood, local government, state and federal levels of government, as well as internationally.  In addition to his work with SCI, his experience includes service as an elected official, as staff attorney and executive director of the nonprofit organization 1000 Friends of Oregon, as senior counsel to Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), and as an attorney and consultant in the private sector. He has been a presenter on urban and rural planning topics at conferences across the US, in China, Mexico, New Zealand, Indonesia and other countries.

The It's in the Bag lecture series is free and no reservation is needed. Lectures take place in Cascades Hall, Room 117-118.  Audience members are asked to pick-up a free parking pass from the main office before parking.  For more information contact 541-322-3100 or

Please note: Liberty will be making a parallel presentation, including time for discussion, starting at 5:30 pm at the Summit Saloon in downtown Bend.


Posted September 6, 2012.