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Lawrence Tech hosts ASHRAE sustainability seminars March 11

Release Date: February 26, 2008

Southfield, Mich. The Center for Sustainability at Lawrence Technological University will host Seminars On Sustainability: SOS for the Environment Conference and Expo on Tuesday, March 11, from noon to 8 p.m.

The annual conference, which is presented by the Detroit Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), will feature speakers from industry and academia on various topics related to sustainability of the built environment. Sustainability essentially means humankind’s long-term survival through designing in a way that necessary resources remain available for future generations.

Luncheon keynote speaker Kathryn Savoie, an ecologist with more than 20 years experience, will give a presentation on climate change. Conference attendees can select four of 12 hour-long seminars on topics such as the latest green technologies for high performance buildings, federal and state policies and initiatives for green design, ASHRAE energy standards for green and LEED-certified buildings, and legal concerns in sustainable building design.

Glen LeRoy, dean of the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Tech, will close the conference with a review of sustainable community design and development practices for Detroit and southeast Michigan.

To register, go to, click on 2008 Seminars On Sustainability and then go to the registration page.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 60 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, with education centers in Lansing, Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.