In one month, professionals, academics, and citizens will fill the Loosemore Auditorium on the Pew Campus of Grand Valley State University to commence the 4th Annual Women and the Environment Symposium.
The Symposium is a one-day event put on through a collaboration of Grand Valley State University’s Women’s Center and West Michigan Environmental Action Council. The Symposium – the only one of its kind in the region – explores the intersection of women’s and gender issues and environmental concerns, aiming to create a relevant and inclusive discussion. What makes this year different from other years is the overriding theme: Environmental Justice.
Wondering what to expect? Here are some highlights to look forward to at the 4th Annual Women and the Environment Symposium:
This year’s keynote speaker is Nikki Silvestri, the former executive director of Green for All. She will speak about her experience in the environmental justice movement, and how to build allies in the environmental movement among diverse demographics.
There will be a panel discussion about blue and green jobs, family and home health, local food, and the Native American urban experience, with individual presentations, interactive discussion among panelists, and Q&A with the audience. Each panelist will contribute their knowledge, experience, and story to the discussion.
Vendors & Networking
A cocktail hour will encourage discussion among all attendees while they mingle and explore expo tables from businesses and nonprofits that work with sustainable transportation, food, health, and more.
“Hidden Heroine” Awards
Awards will be presented to “Hidden Heroines” of the environmental movement — these are women in our community of all fields and ages who are working towards environmental sustainability. Nominations for these awards are open until Friday, February 6 here.
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