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Smith Nature Emposium: Environmental Justice in Lake County

Thursday September 17, 2020 at 2:00-3:00PM


Riverwoods, IL
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Smith Nature Emposium: Environmental Justice in Lake County

Clean Power Lake County organizes within frontline environmental justice communities to shift Lake County to healthy, renewable energy and to achieve the self-determination of immigrant, low-income, and working-class families. This community-driven coalition is committed to local action to secure environmental, economic, and racial justice. Learn about the power of this effort from the leaders of Clean Power Lake County.



Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods hosts the 37th annual Smith Nature Symposium in memory of the significant civic legacy of Hermon Dunlap and Ellen Thorne Smith, who donated their land and cabin to help form Ryerson Woods. Hermon, or Dutch, was chair and CEO of Marsh & McLennan, and led The Chicago Community Trust, Newberry Library, and many other Chicago Institutions. Ellen was a philanthropic leader and champion of nature with organizations such as The Field Museum and Chicago Zoological Society. She authored the book Chicagoland Birds: Where and When to Find Them. Proceeds from the Smith Nature Symposium support Thrive Together, Brushwood Center's COVID-19 response for a more just and sustainable future.

Business-as-usual will not suffice. Now is the time to create a stronger and more resilient future.  This year, the Smith Nature Symposium offers a seven-part live-streamed series of conversations to explore a more just and sustainable future in the aftermath of COVID-19.  The series begins in August, and culminates in the Smith Nature Symposium Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 2, with our 2020 honorees: Bill McKibben  and Sue Halpern.

All presentations will be available in English and Spanish.


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