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Date published: 1/8/2013

By Bill Freehling

Region's environment to be discussed in DC

A plan to help sustain the Fredericksburg area's environment will be discussed during a symposium next week in Washington.

The discussion, which will involve several members of the local business community, is being held as part of the National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment.

The University of Mary Washington and Fredericksburg-based environmental consultant Marstel-Day LLC have been working for the past year on a plan to make the region more resilient to changes in environment and climate.

Marstel-Day CEO Rebecca Rubin, who is organizing the symposium, said the event is an opportunity to assess progress made on the plan so far. Representatives from the San Francisco and Philadelphia areas, where similar environmental resiliency plans have been developed, will also participate.

Rubin said a grant from PNC Bank has helped move the local plan forward.

Also participating on the panel next week will be Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce President Susan Spears, Marstel-Day partner Lee Halterman and Richard Finkelstein, dean of UMW's College of Arts and Sciences.

--Bill Freehling