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  • Abbvie*
  • Baxter International, Inc.*


  • Lake County*
  • C&E Solutions*
  • CAPOW*
  • Carbon Day Automotive
  • Citizens’ Climate Lobby*
  • ComEd
  • Conserve Lake County*
  • Faith in Place*
  • IGEN*
  • Lake County Partners*
  • Lake Forest Open Lands*
  • Mortenson Construction
  • Nissan
  • Omega Psi Phi*
  • Siemens*

*Planning Committee Partner

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Register to Attend

Friday, April 29, 2016
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

University Center of Lake County

1200 University Center Drive
Grayslake, Ill.

6th Annual Lake County Green Conference
April 29, 2016

Now in its 6th year, the College of Lake County is working with its planning partners to bring you the Lake County Green conference.

Join community, business, and local government innovators in dynamic conversations about how we can respond locally to global environmental changes.

View the event program (PDF).

What you will learn:

  • How local business leaders are working with the United Nations to promote resilience
  • How Lake County initiatives connect with the National Climate Assessment
  • How community members are promoting access to open space, clean air, and local food
  • What business leaders are doing to find solutions to reduce their carbon footprint
  • What local governments are doing to conserve and protect our natural resources
  • How you can take what you have learned into practice at home, work and in your community

2016 Conference Agenda

8-9 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

9 a.m. – Welcome Address: Derrick Harden
Chief of Staff, College of Lake County

9:15 a.m. – Keynote Address: Global Challenges and Local Actions

Speaker: Dale Sands
AECOM and Private Sector Advisory Group to the UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction

9:45 a.m. – Plenary Panel: Connecting National, Regional and Local Initiatives for Action

  • Charles Bartels, Lake County Board
  • Joyce Coffee, Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index
  • Joseph C. Szabo, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
10:45-11 a.m. Networking Break

11 a.m. – Session 1:

Community People in Action

  • Facilitator: Gary Mitchiner - Conserve Lake County
  • Barbara Waller - Cool Summer Program and Butterfly Garden
  • Verena Owen - Clean Power Lake County
  • Alicia Dodd - Community Gardens
11:50 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch and Networking

1 p.m. – Session 2:

Business People in Action

  • Facilitator: Ronald Meissen, Ph.D. - Baxter International, Inc.
  • Bart Bartels - ISTC Green Office Challenge
  • Brad Jeffery - Causegear
  • Humberto Martinez Jr. - Local Sourcing at O'Toole's of Libertyville
1:50-2 p.m. Afternoon Break

2 p.m. – Session 3:

Government People in Action

  • Facilitator: KC Doyle, Lake County
  • Bill Rickert - Green Oaks Stormwater Award
  • Kim Stone - Highland Park Sustainable City
  • Peter Kolb - Lake County Public Works and Safe Water Supplies
2:50-3 p.m. Afternoon Break

3 p.m. – Session 4:

Vision Session and Wrap Up

  • Dave Wilms - C&E Solutions
  • Julie Nowak - Citizens Climate Lobby
3:30-4:30 p.m. CLC Construction Tour, Nissan Leaf Test Drive and Microbrew Reception