LWV Water Advocacy Workshop June 27–Day before Convention

The Leagues of Women Voters Lake Michigan Region (LWVLMR) and Upper Mississippi River Region (LWVUMRR) join in sponsoring a day of water related events on
Wednesday,,  June  27, 2018 at The Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL

The meetings will be held in historic and stunning meeting rooms at The Standard Club, with original architecture from 1869. It is located about a half mile from the Chicago Hilton, the site of the LWVUS Convention.

ILO Annual Meetings with Buffet Lunches
2:00 pm – Workshop: Advocating for Protection: Put Your League on the Map!
5:30 pm – Reception
6:30 pm – Banquet featuring Speaker Howard A. Learner, Environmental Law & Policy Center

Water Advocacy Workshop

In this afternoon of potent talks, you will learn what the League of Women Voters has done in the past, and is doing currently, to leverage its power and connections to protect water.  This proud history gives us a firm foundation to address today’s problems at all levels of government and has given our country a strong legal foundation of water regulations and agencies that protect water.  Now more than ever, we need to maintain and leverage the momentum of the Clean Water Act at a time of changing regulations and funding.

2:00  Welcome Krista Grimm, President, LWVLMR
2:10  LWV History of Water Protection Jeanette Neagu, LWVLMR Board Member
2:20  LWV Takes on Today’s Water Issues – Lightning Round
Introduction Gretchen Sabel, Chair, LWVUMRR
Speakers from 6 local Leagues from around the country share their success in advocating for the common good on water issues
3:30  Break
3:45  Threats Abound, What Tools Do We Have?
Introduction  Judy Beck, LWVUMRR & LWVLMR Board Member
The Internet of Water, Speaker from US Geological Survey
4:45   Discussion & Wrap Up
Socialize and network at a reception with a cash bar, followed by dinner with your choice of entree.

Dinner with Guest Speaker Howard A Learner, President &  Executive Director,

Environmental Law and Policy Center

Mr. Learner founded the ELPC in 1993 following his work as the General Counsel for Business and Professional People for the Public Interest. Mr. Learner began his legal career as a civil rights attorney. He served as a Senior Advisor for Energy and Environmental Issues for President Barack Obama in his successful Presidential campaign in 2007 – 2008. Much of Mr. Learner’s work has concentrated on developing and advocating new directions on environmental and energy policy issues, including protecting the Great Lakes and the Midwest’s wild and natural places – forests, waters and biodiversity.

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