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Green Paws to host environmental fair Oct. 26

October 18, 2011

Logo of NIU's Green Paws Environmental AllianceNIU’s Green Paws Environmental Alliance will host an environmental fair from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Capitol Room of the Holmes Student Center.

Several speakers and presentations are scheduled.

  • 5:15 to 5:30 p.m. and interspersed during the evening: NIU group presentations – Green PEAs, Committee for the Preservation of Wildlife, STAND, Relay for Life, Illinois Lake Management Association, Melissa Burlingame, Suzanne Sedlacek, Eric Sterling, Sarah Wawerski, Danny Collins, Hona Backstrom, Matt Zastrow, Heather Olson.
  • 5:35 to 5:50 p.m.: Dan Kenney, educator, activist and DeKalb Environmental Committee member. Kenney will speak about the creation of DeKalb’s sustainability plan.
  • 5:55 to 6:10 p.m.: J.D. Bowers, associate professor of history and director of secondary teacher certification in history and social sciences. Bowers will speak about genocide and human rights.
  • 6:15 to 6:35 p.m.: Hank and Becky Hartman from Friends of Nachusa Grasslands. They work directly with NIU and the Nature Conservancy in an ongoing effort to remove non-Illinois plants from the preserve. Nachusa Grasslands is home to more than 600 native prairie plant species and animal species.
  • 6:40 to 7 p.m.: Jim Kleinwachter, land preservation specialist for the Conservation Foundation. Kleinwachter has assisted in organizing the DuPage River Sweep since its inception in 1991. He has worked on prairie and wetland restoration projects, and is the recipient of the 1999 Paul Butler Memorial Award.
  • 7:05 to 7:25 p.m.: Keynote speakers (and former NIU professors) Robert and Sonia Vogl, founders and officers of the Illinois Renewable Energy Association and coordinators of its Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair. Robert has a geothermal interest for Freedom Field. He recently returned from a bio-energy conference in Sweden.
  • 7:25 to 7:30 p.m.: NIU professor Kendall Thu will deliver closing remarks.

Email Eric Sterling for more information.