West Michigan Environmental Action Council and Grand Valley State University’s Women’s Center and Sustainable Community Development Initiative are presenting the first Women & Environment Symposium on Thursday, March 29 at the GVSU L.V. Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids.
The Women & Environment Symposium will explore the intersection between women’s issues and environmental concerns, examining topics such as environmental impacts on women’s and children’s health, food and farming practices, eco-business and sustainable living, among several others. An invaluable opportunity for professionals and students alike to learn about the issues, their history and current success stories, the symposium is the first large-scale meeting between local leaders and stakeholders in the academic, business and activism communities focused on women and the environment.
Panels and keynote address are free to the public. The luncheon is $25 and reception is $15, with a discounted price of $35 for both. Both are free to university students, however pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, visit wmeac.org/women.
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12 pm: Luncheon
1:30pm: Women in Eco-business Panel
Deb Steketee, Aquinas Center for Sustainability
Renae Hesselink, Vice President of Sustainability, Nichols Paper & Supply
Angela Topp, Owner of Tree Huggers
2:45pm: Food and Farming Panel
Dr. Kirsten Bartels, Professor of Liberal Studies and Environmental Studies at Grand Valley State University
Katie Brandt of Groundswell Farm
Dr. Wynne Wright, Professor specializing in social change in the agri-food system at Michigan State University
4 pm: Environmental Health Impacts Panel
Gayla Jewell, Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center
Dr. Julia Mason, Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Grand Valley State University
Courtney Myers-Keaton, Program Manager for Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan
7 pm: Keynote address
Dr. Susan Hedman, Administrator for Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 5