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Washington StateThe Collaborative on Health and the Environment – Washington

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A Partnership Network for Environmental Health
Established and Coordinated by the Institute for Children's Environmental Health

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Environmental Health Lecture Series – Our Health, Our Environment: Making the Link

SBLF logo and link to the SBLF websiteSponsored by the Seattle Biotech Legacy Foundation (SBLF) and organized by the Institute for Children's Environmental Health, the Environmental Health Lecture Series strives to educate Puget Sound residents about the latest science on environmental health issues and what we can do personally and professionally to protect and sustain human and ecological health in this region.

General Information

  • All events will be held at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca Street).
  • Lectures begin at either 6:30 or 7:00 as noted with each date above.
  • The first lecture will be held 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. upstairs in the Great Hall; $5 donation appreciated.
  • A reception will be held following the first lecture, beginning at 8:30 p.m.
  • A reception will be held preceding the final three lectures from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Participants are welcome to stay after the lecture for further networking and discussion.
  • Advance reservations (until February 1st) are $30 for the final three-lecture series or $10 each for individual lectures. Admission at the door is $15 per lecture. A discount is available for students and limited-income individuals. Open the Advance Registration Form to purchase admission (PDF document).
  • Parking is available free at the curb after 6:00 p.m. or for reduced evening fees at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center Main Garage, two blocks north of Town Hall on Eighth Avenue.
  • Public transportation information and directions can be obtained at
  • Anyone wishing to vanpool from Whidbey Island to the lectures is encouraged to call the Whidbey Institute at Chinook, 360-341-3959.
  • Please note that these lectures are fragrance-free events. We ask all participants to refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, aftershave or other scented products in consideration of our attendees who experience adverse reactions to these products.

Special Thanks To:

Town Hall Seattle


The Seattle Biotech Legacy Foundation (SBLF). For more information about SBLF, please see, call 206-443-8464 or email


Center for Creative Change, Antioch University Seattle,
The Russell Family Foundation,


  • American Lung Association of Washington
  • Breast Cancer Fund
  • Collaborative on Health and the Environment – Washington
  • Community Coalition for Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Coalition of South Seattle
  • Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County
  • Newground Social Investment
  • People for Puget Sound
  • Pollution Prevention Resource Center
  • Public Health – Seattle and King County
  • Sightline Institute
  • Social Venture Partners
  • Sustainable Seattle
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
  • University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine
  • Washington Citizens for Resource Conservation
  • Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Washington State Nurses Association
  • Washington Toxics Coalition
  • Whidbey Institute
  • WithinReach

Organized By:

The Institute for Children's Environmental Health (ICEH).

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View detailed lecturer biographies (PDF file, 17 KB).

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2008 Lectures – Seeking Solutions: Connecting Economics with Health and Environment

Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 7:00 p.m. Lecture
Principles of Ecological Economics: Guidance for a Sustainable Society
with Robert Costanza, PhD

What is ecological economics? Dr. Robert Costanza, an internationally renowned ecological economist, will present an overview. He will explain the key concepts of ecological economics – notably, how ecosystems and their functions provide vital goods and services that directly benefit people, and how the valuation of ecosystem services in dollar terms gives critical economic justification for ecological sustainability. He will also discuss how the framework of ecological economics will promote and sustain human health and well-being.

Dr. Costanza is professor and director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont, a premier institution studying the relationships between human, ecological and economic systems. He is the cofounder and past president of the International Society for Ecological Economics, is past chief editor of the society's journal, Ecological Economics and currently serves on editorial boards of various journals and steering committees of many organizations relating to sustainability.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008, 6:30 p.m. Lecture
The Future of the Puget Sound Region: Applying Ecological Economics to Our Area
with David Batker, MS, and Katherine Davies, DPhil

What does an application of ecological economics mean to the Puget Sound region? The region currently serves as a major case study for a whole-system-based analysis by the Gund Institute. The effort is headed locally by Earth Economics where David Batker is the founder and director. He will give an overview of the critical concepts of ecological economics with specific application to the Puget Sound watershed and present ideas and solutions for our region.

Using the health cost of diseases due to environmental factors as an example, Dr. Katherine Davies, director and faculty member of the Center for Creative Change at Antioch University Seattle, will expand our understanding of the ecological economics framework and highlight the connection between our health, environment and economy. Together, Mr. Batker and Dr. Davies will touch upon many of the elements necessary to sustain human well-being, including the vital importance of health and the environment, and present ideas for transforming the economy to support a healthy future in the Puget Sound region.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 6:30 p.m. Lecture
The Future of Energy: Applying Ecological Economics to Global Issues
with Cutler Cleveland, PhD

How useful is ecological economics in the real world? Dr. Cutler Cleveland, director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies at Boston University, will illustrate the key concepts of ecological economics as applied to energy economics. A particularly timely issue since energy is one of the most pressing issues in our society, energy economics is expected to grow more important every year due to increasing scarcity of fossil fuels and the connection to global warming. Dr. Cleveland will elucidate many of the transdisciplinary aspects of energy and energy's central role in society. Within the framework of ecological economics, he will talk broadly about the relationship between the environment and society, including energy sources, distribution and taxation.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 6:30 p.m. Lecture
Economics for the 21st Century: Creating a Collective Vision for a Sustainable Future
with Joshua Farley, PhD, and David Korten, PhD

Why do we need to imagine our future vision collectively? A broad, overlapping consensus around the goal of sustainable development is emerging but society still lacks a clear unified vision of what it entails. Ecological economics argues that without a coherent, relatively detailed, shared vision of what a sustainable society would look like, there will be no political will or united effort to take us from here to there. For the sake of future generations, we need to create one.

The presentations will focus on the current events and trends in our financial, social and natural systems which provide a timely impetus toward the development of more sustainable ways for humans to live on this earth. Together, can we rethink the goals of our economic system to better support a sustainable future?

Dr. Joshua Farley is professor of Community Development and Applied Economics at the Gund Institute at the University of Vermont. Dr. David Korten is author of When Corporations Rule the World and The Great Turning and cofounder of Positive Futures Network. They will talk about envisioning a desirable, sustainable future and provide us with rich perspectives on potential economic models while addressing such critical questions as, How are economic systems connected to natural and social systems? What are the components of a new economy? What does it look like? What has to be done to create it?

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