BUFFALO, N,.Y. -- For the second year in a row, the University
at Buffalo Asian Studies Program will host a "CHINA Town Hall"
program organized by the National Committee on United States-China
"CHINA Town Hall" is a national day of programming on China that
involves 40 cities throughout the United States.
The UB meeting will take place April 17 in 215 Natural Science
Building on the UB North (Amherst) Campus. It will be free and open
to the public.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. with the national Web cast of a
talk by Norman J. Ornstein, resident scholar with the American
Enterprise Institute, on "The China Issue in the 2008 Presidential
and Congressional Campaigns." Stephen A. Orlins, president of the
National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, will moderate the Web
cast, inviting questions and comments from audiences at
Following the Web cast, Marilyn Beach, a widely respected and
highly experienced member of the international environmental
community, will speak at the UB site. The topic of her talk at 7:45
p.m. will be "Environment and Civil Society in China: What Does
Development Mean for People's Lives?" A reception will follow.
Kristin Stapleton, director of UB's Asian Studies Program and a
member of the National Committee on United States-China relations,
is bringing the CHINA Town Hall program to Buffalo.
"The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is committed to
improving mutual understanding between people in China and the
U.S.," she says.
"This program addresses some key issues in the world today --
how the American political process influences, and is influenced
by, U.S.-China relations and how environmental problems are
affecting Chinese society," Stapleton says. "And it is a good
opportunity to find out what's going on in China in the months
before the Beijing Olympics."
Beach has worked with several notable international
environmental organizations and for the forest extraction industry
to promote sustainable agricultural and development practices. In
that capacity, she has, among other things, analyzed the status of
environmental and forestry health and safety training capacity and
needs in China and in other nations.
Among the organizations with which she is or has been associated
are the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR);
Institute for Sustainable Communities, and STORA ENSO, an
integrated paper, packaging and forest products company that
supports and assists in sustainable forestry management.
A social and environmental assessment specialist for STORA ENSO,
Beach specializes in the social and environmental implications of
the management of eucalyptus and pine plantations in Brazil and
STORA ENSO offers assistance to landowners seeking guidance in
managing their forestlands using sustainable practices and
recommends key measures to be taken to mitigate potential negative
social and environmental effects and promote positive effects of
She is a member of the International Association for Impact
Assessment, the Working Group of the Woodrow Wilson Center
Environmental Change and Security Project: China Environment
Series, and the National Committee on United States-China
Beach has authored several articles in refereed journals,
including The Lancet, about the impact of ecological change
on sustainable development. She has also written a number of
environmental reports, including the report of the United Nations
Commission on Human Settlements on the interrelationships between
United Nations conferences and their relevance to the 1996 Habitat
II Conference in Istanbul.