Mercyhurst College Civic Institute offers forum on sustainability for community leaders

Erie and Erie County community leaders will have the opportunity to listen to the lessons learned by colleagues and swap ideas about development and problem-solving during the Sustainability Forum offered by the Mercyhurst College Civic Institute from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, in the Mercy Heritage Room in Sullivan Hall at Mercyhurst College.

The goal of the forum is to introduce and advocate to the Erie community a business model approach for sustaining resources needed to impact social, health and environmental issues in the community.

To do so, the Civic Institute has invited business leaders, nonprofit leadership, school board members, school superintendents, neighborhood leaders, elected officials, health care providers and organizations and social service providers to gather for an interactive forum about enhancing sustainability in the Erie community.

Barbara Shaw, director of Arizona State University’s Building Great Communities Initiative, will anchor the forum. She will describe the approach taken to provide comprehensive systems of care and service in communities in Georgia and Arizona. Shaw will then facilitate presentations by several local community leaders.

Cost for the forum is $10, which includes lunch. The timeline will be as follows:

9:15 a.m. Barbara Shaw

10:30 a.m. Sustainable development panel discussion

11:20 a.m. Behavioral health panel discussion

Noon Luncheon

The forum is being organized by Dr. Mark Levine, director of the Center for a Healthy Community, one of the Civic Institute’s sub-agencies. For more information on registration, contact Sue Johnson at the Civic Institute, Mercyhurst College, 501 E. 38th St., Erie, PA 16546, or 814-824-2327, or e-mail: Registration is due by Oct.10, 2001.
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