County Green

Building Resilient Communities


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Lower Level C Wing
College of Lake County
19351 W Washington Street
Grayslake, IL 60030

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Registration is $50 which includes access to all the workshops, breakfast, lunch, organic snacks and microbrew. Students/Speakers attend for free.

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Student/Speaker Registration

Overnight Accomodations

Comfort Suites
1775 East Belvidere Road
Grayslake, IL, US, 60030
(847) 223-5050

Mention "County Green" when reserving your room.

For More Information

Cassandra Torstenson, Director
Green Economy and Sustainable Water
(847) 543-2645

About the Conference

Connect with over 200 participants from both the public and private sectors in Lake County on May 23 at the College of Lake County Grayslake campus.

Join like-minded individuals in industry, government, education, technology, finance, engineering, and resource management for the College of Lake County's fourth annual County Green conference. This one day event will focus on Sustainability including Renewable Energy, Transportation and Water. We hope to explore the major challenges facing Lake County, and the potential solutions available to meet these challenges.


  • 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Registration / Exhibits and Posters Open at 8 a.m.
  • 8-9 a.m.
    Registration and healthy, locally grown breakfast
  • 9-9:05 a.m.
    Welcome Address: Dr. Jerry Weber, President, College of Lake County
  • 9:05-10:05 a.m.
    Keynote Address: Climate Change by Jim Merkel
  • 10:05-10:30 a.m.
    Plenary Speaker: Climate Action in the Chicago Wilderness Region by Abigail Derby Lewis
  • 10:30-10:45 a.m.
    Networking Break
  • 10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Breakout Session 1
    • Renewable Energy Track: Film Radically Simple and Q/A with Jim Merkel
    • Water Track: Fracking
    • Transportation Track: Transportation in the 21st Century
  • 12-1:15 p.m.
    Lunch and Networking
  • 1:30-2:45 p.m.
    Breakout Session 2
    • Renewable Energy Track: Geothermal
    • Water Track: Climate Change
    • Transportation Track: Complete Streets
  • 2:45-3 p.m.
    Afternoon Break
  • 3-4:15 p.m.
    Breakout Session 3
    • Renewable Energy Track: Offshore Wind
    • Water Track: Building for Sustainability
    • Transportation Track: Clean Vehicles for Tomorrow's Transportation
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m.
    Microbrew Reception



Photo of Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker:
Jim Merkel

Jim is the author of "Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth" and directs the Global Living Project, which consults with campuses and municipalities.

Visit Jim's website Global Living Project.

Photo of Plenary Speaker

Plenary Speaker:
Abigail Derby Lewis

Abigail is a conservation ecologist at the Field Museum focusing on climate change adaption for natural areas in the Chicago Wilderness region. She will discuss regional climate projections, the climate action and green infrastructure work Chicago Wildness is leading and how we can help reduce and adapt to climate change.

Visit Abigail's webpage at the Field Museum website.



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