The Conservation Foundation’s
2016 DuPage Environmental Summit
“Making Conservation Meaningful Where You Live”
Thursday, January 21, 2016
NIU Naperville Campus, 1120 East Diehl Road
Sponsored by Companion’s Fund of the DuPage Foundation, DuPage County, The Pizzo Group
Free of Charge, preregistration required (online at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-dupage-environmental-summit-tickets-19892347547?aff=es2 or call 630-428-4500, ext. 110)
This year’s DuPage Environmental Summit will focus on how to have more impact by engaging local units of government and their citizens to organize and implement conservation activities where they live. Research shows that people want to live and work in communities where they have clean water, clean air, and lots of parks and open space to enjoy. Our communities need to encourage local conservation efforts and promote conservation as a core value.
Implementing community-based conservation activities has been shown to be an excellent way to engage residents and businesses to help create a sense of community pride. Whether it’s planting a butterfly garden at city hall by the local garden club, a group of families cleaning up the creek running through their neighborhood, or a scout troop helping to restore a woodland at a local park, conservation is more meaningful when it happens where people live and work.
Real examples and case studies on successful community-based conservation activities will be highlighted throughout the DuPage County area by The Conservation Foundation and its partner organizations. These include to name a few: cleaning up your local creeks, planting community rain gardens or butterfly gardens, organizing community rain barrel and water conservation events, holding a native tree and shrub and plant sale, engaging local youth groups and schools in restoring a local natural area or park, and educating neighborhoods on clean water and storm drains.
A small exhibit area will be open 7:30 a.m.- noon with local businesses and organizations involved in community conservation initiatives. Light breakfast and refreshments will be served beginning at 7:30 a.m. Registration open 7:30- 8:30 a.m.