SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The upcoming global climate change treaty, environmental education for the 21st century and the environmental transformation of industry will be the main themes of the sixth international conference of the Greening of Industry Network at the University of California at Santa Barbara Nov. 16 through 19. Some 300 delegates representing academia, business and government -- from North America, Asia and Europe -- will discuss such crucial issues to environmental sustainability as the development of green products, the future of environmental policies in the United States and the financing of environmental change in business. Among the speakers at the conference will be Fred Hansen, deputy administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who will discuss "Reinventing Environmental Regulation and the U.S. EPA" on Nov. 18. A special session, "Rio to Kyoto -- Industrial Transformation and the Climate Change Treaty," will look at the connections among industrial activities, international relations and the U.S. position on the Climate Change Treaty to be signed in Kyoto in December. The Greening of Industry Network, with offices at Clark University in Massachusetts and the University of Twente in the Netherlands, is an international group of researchers, business leaders, government policy makers and activists committed to the environmental, economic and social well-being goals of sustainable development. Among the Network's activities are yearly conferences, held in different countries, designed to create dialogue among those with a stake in environmental sustainability. "When you look at environmental problems, just about all of them are caused by our industrial activities -- the things we make, use and throw away," says Kurt Fischer, U.S. Network director. Fischer, a research professor at Clark University, adds, "Looking at industry and environment in this way, we're all part of the problem and potential solutions -- business, government regulators and consumers alike. The Greening of Industry Network conferences are unique in that they are virtually turf-free of issues, allowing for a very open dialogue in a neutral forum."
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