Jr., assistant professor of politics at Rollins College, Fla., will
participate on the "Shaping Environmental Policy" panel during
this year's Stonecipher Symposium on Technology, Communication and
Culture. His focus will be on "Building the Next Ark:
How Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) Work to Protect
The most important step in environmental policymaking, Gunter
believes, is enhancing our ecological awareness.
"To date we are only beginning to understand how things work
in our environment, how we influence our surroundings and how different
elements in the environment affect each other," Gunter said.
"Improving scientific, political, and most importantly, public
understanding of these various relationships is vital for effective
Sometimes the need for energy, economic stability and
environmental protection appear to be in conflict. "Talking
about the tension between economic development, including energy needs,
and environmental protection is the easy way out," Gunter
said. "Yes, at times there will be notable tradeoffs between
the two, but there are many more instances where the opposite is true.
"Really, what is at stake here is the tradeoff between short-
and long-term interests, including both economic and ecological
Gunter's studies focus on NGOs, environmental activism and
sustainable development. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in
political science from the University of Kentucky. He is the son
of TTU political science professor Michael Gunter Sr. and his wife,
Judy, of Cookeville.