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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

Senior Scientist To Discuss the Challenges of Sustainable Urban Development

Hershkowitz will detail the economic, political and cultural barriers to sustainable industrial development. One example he will discuss is an eight-year effort to develop a $600 million facility to produce recycled newsprint in New York City. The project, known as the Bronx Community Paper Company, tried to wed sustainable industrial development with market-based environmentalism. Good intentions alone cannot counter the ruthless reality of market forces, he says, and if the United States is to compete with countries with fewer environmental regulations it must develop superior and profitable sustainable technologies.

Hershkowitz specializes in sustainable development issues, especially industrial ecology, solid-waste management, recycling, medical wastes and sludge. He has served on many advisory and regulatory bodies throughout the United States and Central America and has advised municipalities, legislative bodies, trade groups and environmental organizations. He also advises socially responsible investment funds.

Hershkowitz’s lecture is the third in NJIT’s 2005 Technology and Society Forum Series. The forums explore the connections between the technological expertise that students study in the classroom and the real-world geo-political issues that affect the quality of human lif

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.