[ApaIllinois] IJC Conference - Sustainable Cities, Healthy Watersheds

ILAPA Editor editor at ilapa.org
Thu May 31 16:03:56 CDT 2007

Major Great Lakes Conference Coming to Chicago!
For nearly 100 years, the International Joint Commission (IJC) has advised the U.S. and Canada on protecting and restoring the waters of the Great Lakes. On the campus of UIC June 6- 8, the IJC will welcome hundreds of stakeholders from around the basin to their Biennial Meeting and Great Lakes Conference.  The event provides the public with the opportunity to provide their views directly to government officials and learn about the latest sciences on critical issues all related to the theme of “Sustainable Cities, Healthy Watersheds.”
The Biennial Meeting kicks off the evening of June 6 with a reception and keynote address on “Eco-Pragmatism” from Stewart Brand, icon of the environmental movement and founder of the Whole Earth Catalog.   At a morning plenary session on June 7th, key federal and state government officials will report on progress toward restoring the Great Lakes and will also discuss the status of the ongoing review of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.  In the afternoon, a panel of mayors will lead a plenary session focusing on successful sustainability initiatives.  The day concludes with Great Lakes Townhall, an opportunity for the public to provide their input on priorities and plans for restoring the lakes.  All events on Wednesday and Thursday are free and open to the public though online registration is requested.
On Friday, the Great Lakes Conference provides the opportunity for more in depth learning opportunities and discussion in seven workshops on topics ranging from the Asian carp threat to the Great Lakes to the challenge of inadequate and deteriorating wastewater treatment infrastructure.  Other topics include the status of cleanup efforts in toxic hotspots; green building and sustainable development; groundwater protection; enhancing health in urban environments; and effective urban policy lessons for sustainable cities.  There is a registration fee for Friday’s conference.
For more information and to register, visit the IJC’s Biennial Meeting website at: http://www.ijc.org/rel/2007biennial/
Conference organizers have further announced that Mayor Daley will welcome participants at the 6/6/07 Wednesday evening reception on the second floor Terrace at UIC's Student Center East.

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