ALA President's Program to focus on the environment

Macey Morales
ALA Media Relations
For Immediate Release

June 14, 2007

ALA President's Program to focus on the environment

Robert Kennedy, Jr., joins Leslie Burger for a discussion on the environment

(CHICAGO) Robert Kennedy, Jr. will join American Library Association (ALA) President Leslie Burger for a discussion on the important role we all play in preserving the environment. The program titled “A Contract With Our Future," will be held on June 24 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. during the ALA Annual Conference held June 21 to 27 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Kennedy will explore why good environmental policy is good business policy, good economic policy, and good policy for posterity. By taking steps to ensure that our libraries follow sound environmental policies and procedures, we can contribute to the transformation of our communities, our nation and our planet, enabling future generations to live in an environment that is safe, clean, and beautiful.

Kennedy has worked on environmental issues across the Americas, and has assisted several indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada in successfully negotiating treaties protecting traditional homelands. The New York City watershed agreement, which he negotiated on behalf of environmentalists and New York City watershed consumers, is regarded as an international model in stakeholder consensus negotiations and sustainable development.

The ALA Annual Conference is the largest library gathering in the world, bringing together more than 2,000 meetings, discussion groups, special events, tours and programs on various topics affecting libraries and librarians. For more information on the conference, please visit