DuPage Environmental Summit: Making Conservation Meaningful Where You Live

Mark your calendar for the 2016 DuPage Environmental Summit planned for Thursday, January 21st, 2016 from 8:30am to Noon at the NIU Naperville Campus.  This event is free and open to the public.

"Making Conservation Meaningful Where You Live" is this Summit's focus.  We hope to engage local units of government and their citizens to organize and implement local conservation activities where they live that are meaningful and impactful.  Research shows that people want to live and work in communities where they clean water, clean air and lots of parks and open space to enjoy.  Our local communities needs to encourage local conservation efforts and promote conservation as a core value.  Our speakers will provide local examples of what folks can do where they live and how we can partner with them to get them going. 

***In an effort to save natural and financial resources, we are not mailing a printed brochure this year.  Please help us spread the word by sharing this event information with friends and colleagues! ***




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 the local garden club planting a butterfly garden at City Hall, 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.

General Agenda:

7:30am - Registration

7:30am to Noon - Exhibit Area Open (Exhibitors will be local businesses and organizations involved in community conservation initiatives)

8:30am to Noon - Presentations

A light breakfast and refreshments will be served starting at 7:30am.  The Summit activities will be held in the Ballroom, NIU Naperville Campus, 1120 East Diehl Road, Naperville, IL.

Thank You To The 2016 DuPage Environmental Summit Sponsors

Companions' Fund of the DuPage Foundation

DuPage County

The Pizzo Group