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UCR alum Edward J. Blakely will be featured at an Earth Day symposium in Corona on April 22.

(April 18, 2007)

Edward J. Blakely

Edward J. Blakely

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Edward J. Blakely, the mayor’s executive director of recovery for the city of New Orleans and a graduate of UC Riverside, will be the featured speaker at a Global Warming Symposium in Corona, Calif., on Sunday, April 22.

Blakely, a San Bernardino native, will discuss how cities can adapt to changes in the global climate. Registration for the symposium begins at 1:30 p.m. The program starts at 1:45 p.m. in the Krikorian Theatre at Dos Lagos, 2710 Lakeshore Drive.

Seating is limited. Reservations may be made by contacting Imran Farooq at

The symposium, part of an all-day Earth Day observance at Dos Lagos, will be simulcast in East Lothian Residence Hall at UC Riverside and can be viewed on the Internet at

It is sponsored by GIVE (Green Institute for Village Empowerment), a nonprofit dedicated to promoting green technology and environmental awareness in the region.

Blakely is professor of urban planning at the University of Sydney and was named a research fellow for 2006-07 by the University of New York to study how global warming threatens cities worldwide. He is lead researcher on global warming for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. He also is a key adviser to SE Corp., the master developer of Dos Lagos.

The San Bernardino native earned a bachelor’s degree in history from UC Riverside in 1960 and will receive the UCR Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award on Saturday, April 21. The Edward J. Blakely Center for Sustainable Suburban Development at UC Riverside is named in his honor. The center studies issues related to the growth and development of suburbs around the world.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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