Delaware’s annual Environmental Summit is an opportunity for advocates state-wide to meet and discuss strategies on a range of issues. The 2015 Environmental Summit will be held on March 7 at Wesley College in Dover. Themes for this year’s summit include environmental racism, energy efficiency, the role of democracy in the environmental movement, and sustainable food choices.Delaware Environmental Summit When: Saturday, March 7th, 9:30am-3pm Where: Wesley College. 120 N State St, Dover, DE 19901 Cost: $5 at the door to help cover room costs. Pre-Registration by March 4th is required for all participants.
Plenary, 9:30am-12:15pm – The morning plenary session will kick off with a brief welcome and coffee (please bring your own reusuable mug), then include several short presentations about emerging issues impacting Delaware’s environment from a variety of Delaware activists.
The plenary will conclude with an hour long training on “Community Organizing 101”. This training will be lead by Jen Wallace, Chair of the Newark Residents Against the Power Plant, who successfully lead a grassroots campaign to stop a 279 MW power plant from being built on University of Delaware campus adjacent to residential neighborhoods. Jen is also a member of the DE Sierra Club Executive Committee and has led several political and issue-based campaigns.
Lunch, 12:15-12:45pm – Following the plenary session a vegetarian/vegan friendly lunch will be provided.
Breakout Sessions, 12:45-2:45pm – In the afternoon each participant will attend two hour-long breakout sessions on topics of their choice (select two upon registering). Breakout sessions are designed to be participatory and action-oriented. Learn about an important issue, discuss/strategize what you can do as an individual or group ,and then put your new knowledge/skills to use in improving your environmental work!
- Environmental Racism: Incorporating Justice and Inclusivity into our Environmental Campaigns. Facilitated by Jeffrey Richardson, UD Professor, Environmental Justice Organizer and Founder/CEO of Imani Energy.
- Fixing our Democracy to Protect our Environment: Making Government Work for People & the Planet. Facilitated by Kate Atkins, community organizer and leader of the Delaware Same Day Registration Coalition.
- Voting With Your Fork: Reduce Your Environmental Impact by Eating Sustainably. Facilitated by Jaimie Watts, local volunteer environmental, health and animal welfare activist (and professional organizer & event planner for American Cancer Society by day).
- Saving Energy to Save the World: Save Money, Protect Health, Slow Climate Change & Create Jobs with Energy Efficiency. Facilitated by Stephanie Herron and members of the Save Energy, Save the World! campaign team.