Society of Environmental Journalists Conference Starts Wednesday

by: EJ on 09/30/2013
Posted in: Author Events

Authors Brian Czech, Beth Buczynski and Giles Hutchins will be speaking at the Society of Environmental Journalists Conference October 2-6 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  New Society Publishers will be on hand with book display and will be hosting the Book Author Pitch Slam on Sunday morning. 

The Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) was founded in 1990 by a small group of award-winning journalists, including reporters, editors, and producers working for The Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, Turner Broadcasting, Minnesota Public Radio, and National Geographic. Today, SEJ's membership includes more than 1,400 journalists and academics working in every type of news media in the United States, Canada, Mexico and 27 other countries. The annual conference showcases SEJ's reputation for excellence, service, and integrity and is hosted this year by by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). 

Brian Czech, author of Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution will be hosting a networking lunch, Supply Shock and Limits to Growth, on Friday October 4th from 12:15 – 2:00 pm.  Brian Czech is the founder of Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE), the leading organization promoting the transition from unsustainable growth to a new economic paradigm. CASSE was named the Best Green Think Tank of 2011 by Treehugger.  With Supply Shock, Brian demonstrates how the relationship between economic growth, technological progress, and environmental protection can only be resolved through the development of a steady state economy.

Beth Buczynski, author of Sharing is Good:How to Save Money, Time and Resources through Collaborative Consumptionwill be hosting a beat dinner.  These dinners are small-group discussions on journalism and environmental issues and are organized by SEJ members.  They take place at restaurants across downtown Chattanooga.  Beth Buczynski is a freelance writer and editor who covers clean technology, sustainable design and environmental issues for some of the most popular green sites on the web. The co-author of two popular ebooks on coworking, Beth believes that building a new economy based on sharing and community is key to ending our dangerous obsession with consumer culture and creating greater social equality.  In Sharing is Good she provides us with a practical guide to the new sharing economy in which access is valued above ownership, experience is prized over material possessions, and “mine” becomes “ours,” allowing everyone’s needs to be met with minimum waste. 

Giles Hutchins, author of The Nature of Business: Redesign for Resilience, lives in the UK and will be attending via Skype.  He is presenting at the Biomimicry and Biophilic Cities session, Friday October 4th from 2:00 - 3:15.  Giles is a management consultant who guides business and organizations through the process of redesigning for

resilience in challenging times. He is the co-founder of BCI: Biomimicry for Creative Innovation, formerly the Global Director and Head of Sustainability Solutions for Atos International, and a highly sought after speaker on the subject of sustainable business practices.  The Nature of Business presents the case for a new business paradigm by exploring the workings of nature through the principles of biomimicry and applying these lessons to creating sustainable business transformation. 

And on Sunday, EJ Hurst (yours truly!) New Society Publishers' Marketing Coordinator, will be on the Book Author Pitch Slam panel.  Journalists will step up to the mike — and step up their games — by pitching book ideas to the panel of publishers and editors. The panel will critique the idea as well as the pitch, and share some suggestions with budding authors from the floor.  Be sure to enter the draw to win five books from the New Society Publishers conference book display! 

If you plan on attending the conference, please be sure to stop by our booth (#12) across from the book store and introduce yourself.  We are always on the lookout for writers, reviewers and readers and will be delighted to meet you. And if you can't make it, you can access the live streaming of the conference here, follow on Twitter #SEJ2013 and on SEJ' Facebook page.


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