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  Thursday, September 12, 2013, 04:30 PM- 06:00 PM

    A Green Future for Japan's Tsunami-Devastated Towns, Roger SmithCo-Director Clean Water Action Connecticut The March 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster devastated the coastal towns of northeastern Japan. This region was already reeling from declining local economies and rapidly aging populations. In the fall of 2012 Smith began a project to document the progress of several tsunami-affected towns working to rebuild with a focus on clean energy and environmental sustainability. This talk will outline the challenges of reimagining their economy, transportation, housing and energy systems of these towns, and the role of citizens in the process. It will also include potential lessons US states could learn from as they recover from Superstorm Sandy and prepare for future storms.
    Location: FEAS Seminar Room (Mary Houghton Freeman Room)
    Admission: Free
    Sponsor: East Asian Studies Program
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    Contact: Ann Gertz at agertz@wesleyan.edu