UNH Hosts Regional Symposium
on Impacts of Urban Sprawl
Contact: Sharon Keeler
UNH Media Relations
August 26, 2003
DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire’s Center
for Integrative Regional Problem Solving (CIRPS) will host a symposium
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, that will bring together communities in
southern New Hampshire, southern Maine, and northeastern Massachusetts
challenged by the impacts of sprawl and increasing growth and development.
“The Voices of Communities Experiencing Rapid Change: A Symposium”
takes place at the Elliott Alumni Center on the Durham campus from
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participation is free, but space is limited.
Those wishing to attend should go to the event Web site at www.unh.edu/cirps/symposium.html
or contact Amy Seif, CIRPS project director, at 603-862-4650 or
must register before Sept. 6.
“The symposium is an opportunity for community leaders and
decision makers to come together and share common concerns on the
varied issues surrounding growth and development in the region,”
says Seif. “Topics explored will include New England-style
development, biodiversity, conservation planning, environmental
education and outreach, and water resources, among others.”
A State of the Region panel featuring respected experts in their
fields will include Richard England, UNH professor of economics,
speaking on land use economics and taxes; Barry Rock, UNH professor
of natural resources, speaking on the impact of growth on regional
climate change; and Ellen
Snyder, UNH Cooperative Extension educator, speaking on the state
of biodiversity in the region.
In addition, the symposium will be the first public presentation
of the results of a survey of voters in towns that considered conservation
bond issues in March 2003. The survey will inform about citizens’
attitudes about open space preservation, community development and
Seif says that the main objective of the symposium is to provide
community members with an opportunity to identify ways for UNH and
its collaborators to help them in their roles and to provide assistance
to their communities.
“What we learn at this event will inform the action plan of
CIRPS, as it moves forward in developing innovative approaches to
help New England communities negotiate the challenges of land use
change,” says Seif.
CIRPS is headquartered in UNH’s College of Life Sciences and
Agriculture, but its work is multidisplinary. The mission of this
regional center is facilitating ecologically based, innovative approaches
for securing quality of life and addressing land use challenges
in New England through integrated research, outreach, education,
and multidisciplinary partnerships.
The symposium is made possible by the Fuller Foundation and the
Greater Piscataqua Community Foundation, a regional division of
the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and is the result of a
collaboration between CIRPS and UNH Cooperative Extension, NH Office
of State Planning and Energy Programs, Livable NH, the Jordan Institute,
Essex County Community Foundation, and the Wells National Estuarine