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Conference Sept. 17 focuses on business and environmental ethics

BOONE—Topics from environmental ethics to religion and nature will be featured during the 2010 Business and Environmental Ethics Conference Sept. 17 at Appalachian State University. Other topics include environmental economics, strategy and nature, and university sustainability.

The conference begins with a welcome at 8:30 a.m. in the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center’s Powers Grand Hall. It is sponsored by Appalachian’s Walker College of Business.

The event is free and open to the public; however, because space is limited, online registration is required at

Information about the conference as well as video clips from last year’s program is online at

Shuttle service will be available from Raley Hall to the Broyhill Inn on AppalCart’s blue and gold routes and on a specially marked AppalCart shuttle. For more information, call Alan Singer at 828-262-2163 or e-mail

The ethics conference is coordinated by Dr. Alan Singer, the James Holshouser Distinguished Professor of Ethics at Appalachian. He will lead the panel discussions beginning at 8:45 a.m. in the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center’s Powers Grand Hall.

“Conference attendees will be exposed to a range of views related to business and individual environmental responsibilities,” Singer said. “There are many academic fields with something to say about the relationship of business and the environment, from economic theories to philosophical views.”

The 8:45 a.m. panel focuses on “Strategy and Nature.” Panelists are Robin Byerly, Ben Powell and Heather Dixon-Fowler, all faculty members in the Department of Management, Mike McKee from the Department of Economics, and Singer. They will discuss issues such as the value of a business being “green,” environmental compliance and creative ways businesses are addressing environmental concerns.

A discussion on university sustainability and the organization Appalachian Voices begins at 9:30 a.m. Panelists are Ged Moody, director of sustainability at Appalachian, Chuck Smith, director of Appalachian’s sustainable development program Willa Mays with Appalachian Voices, Jason Hoyle, a research analyst for the university’s Energy Center, and Quint David, coordinator of the ASU Energy Center’s Green Business Plan. Their topics include Appalachian’s challenges and successes related to sustainability, businesses use of environmental themes to improve their image, and social perceptions related to sustainable values.

After a short coffee break at 10:15 a.m., the panel discussions resume at 10:30 a.m. with the topic “Environmental Economics.” Panelists are John Whitehead and Dave McEvoy from the Department of Economics, and John Pine, director of Appalachian’s Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics. They will address the future costs of climate change, and the need to change our systems and make different choices related to the environment and business.

At 11 a.m., the panel “Environmental Ethics” will be presented by Jesse Taylor, Monique Lanoix, Kim Hall, all members of the Department of Philosophy and Religion faculty and Jeremiah Kitunda from the Department of History. They will address feminist food ethics, tensions created as a result of Africa’s conservation projects and “deep ecology” and conforming our desires to our obligations.

Following a coffee break at 11:45 a.m., the last panel discussion of the day begins at noon and focuses on “Religion and Nature.” Panelists are Alan Hauser and Randall Reed from the Department of Philosophy and Religion, and Rahman Tashakkori from the Department of Computer Science. They will discuss various religious perspectives related to the environment.

Closing remarks will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the conference will adjourn at 12:45 p.m.