PITTSBURGH—Leelavati Murthy, PhD, professor of Biology at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Boyce campus, presented in March at the five-day roundtable, “The Copenhagen Protocol: Problems and Possibilities” at Lincoln College, the University of Oxford, U.K.
Murthy was invited to present her paper, “Principles of Sustainable Development” as one of 35 presentations at the roundtable, which ended March 26. Attending the forum were scientists and professionals from eight countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Sweden, U.K., U.S.A. and Zimbabwe.
Papers at the roundtable included multiple perspectives from a diversity of biological, chemical, physical, ecological, educational, legal, engineering, social science, public health, forestry, geology, architecture and economic perspectives.
Participants called for global political leadership to commit to a redefinition of economic growth in light of market imperfections, social inequities, quality of life and sustainability of resources. At the basis of this, they said, should be the concept of ecological justice and rights of dignity for all people without regard to culture, gender, ethnicity or region.
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.