Fox Valley Conference to Focus on Environment, Conservation

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Fox Valley Conference to Focus on Environment, Conservation


A group of regional environmental groups will host the second annual Fox Valley Conference on Environment, Energy and Conservation at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Batavia city hall, 100 N. Island Ave.

The conference will bring together different environmental groups in the Fox Valley to recognize the span of the interest in environmental change and to strategize about how to make that change happen.

"For this year's conference, we have departed from the traditional format of presentations and exhibits," said Betsy Zinser of Batavians for Clean Energy and Conservation.

"Our communities are brimming with motivated, determined environmentalists and everyday individuals who want to make a difference. This day gives us an opportunity to meet one another, share ideas and provide support for one another."

They will have two presenters who will discuss the wide range of environmental issues. These presentations will be followed by facilitated sessions where they can come together and discuss ideas.

"This is something that we have been discussing since last year's conference," said Jim Kirkhoff of the Batavia Environmental Commission.

"Many people consider themselves as an environmentalist or conservationist, but they can have different specific passions. The intent of this conference is to discuss the high points through the presentations and allow work groups to get into the details."

Keynote speakers will include Kay McKeen of SCARCE and Sarah Wochos of the Environmental Law and Policy Center.

McKeen is founder and executive director of SCARCE, providing innovative environmental educational programs. …

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