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Building a Coachella Valley for Future Generations


									Roy Wilson
Riverside County                 For Immediate Release:                                                             Press Contact:
Board of Supervisors             April 11, 2008
(Co-Chair, Desert Lyceum)
                                                                                                                    Toni Lawrence
Carolyn Stark                                                                                                       UCR Palm Desert
University of California,
Riverside                                                                                                           760-834-0578
(Co-Chair, Desert Lyceum)                                                                                           760-285-6570 cell
Fred Bell
Building Industry Association,
Desert Chapter                       Building a Coachella Valley for Future Generations:
Tom Davis
Agua Caliente Band
                                                      Desert Lyceum 2008 Summit on
of Cahuilla Indians                               Energy, Environment & Economic Change
Kathy DeRosa
Mayor, Cathedral City                     Presented by the University of California, Riverside (UCR) Palm Desert Graduate Center
                                                 and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments in partnership with the
Jim Ferguson
Chairman of the Coachella
                                       Building Industry Association - Desert Chapter and the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership
Valley Economic Partnership
and Councilman, Palm Desert

Cynthia Flores
                                 Palm Desert, CA (April 9, 2008) – The public is invited to attend a one-day summit that
CSUSB Palm Desert                brings together experts, local leaders, and the community to explore and discuss energy
Eduardo Garcia
                                 conservation and efficiency, sustainable building and how the Coachella Valley can attract
Mayor, Coachella                 clean industry.
Terry Green
UCR Palm Desert                  The UCR Desert Lyceum 2008 Summit on Energy, Environment & Economic Change
Graduate Center
                                 will be held on Friday, April 25th from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Esmeralda
Michelle Krans                   Resort and Spa, 44-400 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, CA. The cost to attend is $95
Desert Sun Newspaper
                                 through April 11 and $110 after that. The fee includes lunch and a reception at 4:30 p.m.
William R. Kroonen               Register online at
Riverside County
Board of Education
                                 The Summit features keynote speakers, informative break-out sessions and dynamic
Martin Martinez
Carreon Foundation
                                 dialog with an emphasis on open interaction among all the participants to find energy
                                 solutions and create pathways for job creation and economic growth in the new eco-
Richard Oliphant
Oliphant Enterprises
Jerry Patton
College of the Desert
                                 “Our goal is to bring the public into our dialogue to discuss and debate ideas that will lead
                                 to our entire valley working together to become cleaner, greener and more prosperous,”
Bill Powers
Pacific Western Bank
                                 said Carolyn Stark, Executive Director of the University of California, Riverside Palm
                                 Desert Graduate Center and a co-chair of the Desert Lyceum.
Mary T. Roche
Mayor, Indian Wells
                                 In the morning, breakout sessions feature topics such as:
John Wohlmuth
Coachella Valley
                                         ● Green Programs: Creating Sustainable Buildings
Association of Governments               ● Making it Work: Local Governments and Sustainability
                                         ● Can We Create a 21st Century Workforce?
                                         ● Paying for Green: Incentives, Mandates, and Funding Options
         ● Educating our Community: Building for a Green Future
         ● Connecting Investment with Opportunity to Grow Desired Industry Sectors
         ● Planning for the Future of a Green Community
         ● What is on our Legislative Horizon?
         ● Are We Ready for CleanTech and GreenTech?

In the afternoon, the Summit features a “Socratic Dialog” session, which is moderated
debate with a panel of the day’s speakers. The session will address provocative questions
such as: Is climate change really happening? Should government mandate energy
efficiency? How can you reduce your carbon footprint? How do we realize our goals for
energy efficiency and create a regional framework for economic growth in the green
sector? The public is encouraged to participate in the debate.

Why Desert “Lyceum”?
The Lyceum was a gymnasium in ancient Athens, most famous for its association with
Aristotle. The Lyceum was also an important early milestone in the development of
Western science and philosophy. In the mid-1800s and early 1900s there was an informal
network of Lyceums often called Chautauqua in the United States, usually in small towns.

The Lyceum Movement contributed significantly to the education of the adult American in
the nineteenth century and provided the cultural framework for many of the areas of
influence. Stark used that premise as the inspiration for the creation of the Desert Lyceum
in 2007. She asked Riverside County Supervisor Roy Wilson to co-chair the Desert
Lyceum and together they have brought together key representatives and leaders from
government, education, business and the community to meet year-round to explore issues
of consequence to the future of the Coachella Valley.

The purpose of the Desert Lyceum is to act as a catalyst to bring together diverse opinions
and expertise to focus on Coachella Valley issues related to quality of life, economic
growth and balanced sustainability for the future of the Coachella Valley. The group
focuses on one macro issue each year and their activities culminate in an annual summit.
The inaugural summit is the 2008 Summit on Energy, Environment and Economic Change.

The Desert Lyceum 2008 Summit is presented by the University of California, Riverside
(UCR) Palm Desert Graduate Center and the Coachella Valley Association of
Governments in partnership with the Building Industry Association - Desert Chapter and
the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership.

For more information and a copy of the summit program, visit or
call the UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center at 760-834-0590.
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About UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center:
As a vital partner in the community, the University of California, Riverside (UCR) Palm Desert
Graduate Center serves as a catalyst for growth and economic diversification in the Coachella
Valley. Laying the groundwork for economic success and improved quality of life locally, the
Center brings the promise and power of an accomplished university to the region through its
innovative MBA and MFA graduate degrees, relevant research, resources and community service
programs. To find out more about the power of one degree and how it can change your life, visit or call (760) 834-0800.

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