Guy Lanza, Director of Environmental Sciences Program, Named to College Board Committee

AMHERST, Mass. - Guy Lanza, professor and director of the environmental sciences program at the University of Massachusetts, has been appointed to the Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science Development Committee of the College Board.

The committee is administered by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, N.J., and is responsible for the environmental science component of the College Board''s AP program. According to Lanza, the group will help develop a college-level environmental science curriculum for secondary schools and write the AP environmental science exam.

Successful completion of the AP exam allows secondary school students to receive college credit in environmental science when they enroll in a college or university. Lanza recently met with the committee and attended the College Board national forum in Florida, where he presented strategies to efficiently transfer AP credits in environmental science to colleges and universities.

In addition, Lanza was recently appointed editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Phytoremediation. The new publication is the first journal devoted to the publication of peer-reviewed laboratory and field research describing the use of plant systems to remediate and help to restore contaminated environments. Phytoremediation, says Lanza, refers to a diverse group of rapidly evolving new green technologies that use naturally occurring or genetically engineered plant systems to decontaminate polluted air, soil, and water.

"It is a relatively clean technology with most of its energy requirements supplied by renewable energy from sunlight, rather than expensive and non-renewable energy from oil, gas, coal or other fossil fuels," says Lanza. Further, he says, the technology is "very cost-effective, usually requiring from 10-50 percent of the cost of commonly used mechanical, thermal or chemical remediation approaches.

"The journal is owned by the Association for the Environmental Health of Soils in Amherst, and will be affiliated with the UMass environmental sciences program. The affiliation, says Lanza, "will greatly increase our international visibility as a major contributor to environmental sciences research and education, and should foster strong international collaborations between UMass faculty and students interested in the rapidly emerging area of ecosystem restoration."

The first issue of the journal is scheduled to appear in March 1999.