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Week of March 7th, 2011
Register for Lobby Day Field Trip
Are you interested in policy and the "sausage-making"
process of legislating? Come on down to see what it's all about! The
ELS is joining the Sierra Club and other public interest groups to
attend Lobby Day, an annual gathering of volunteers who are quickly
trained in the lobbying process and then walk the floors of the State
Legislature to urge lawmakers to protect the environment. Details on
the priority bills are available at http://bit.ly/gagXpq.
Lobby Day 2011 will take place Tue 1:45PM - Wed 8PM/Mar 29-30th - registration is available immediately at http://bit.ly/geEKc9.
Costs will be $30-50 depending on how many students attend, subsidized
by SBA ($10 for dinner/training/networking party on 29th, $10 for
materials/lunch on 30th, $45 for Amtrak, $45 for hotel stay = $110).
Please note that he hotel price is for a shared room - if you'd like
your own, you will need to pay an extra $45. Please
contact Shannon Beebe by Friday, Mar. 11 if you want to sign up for SBA
funds and to ensure a spot on the last Amtrak train that will arrive in
time for the networking party/training on the 29th. Commitment and
payment needed by Friday Mar. 25. If you plan to attend and have a car that you would drive, please contact Shannon asap at email@example.com.
Bike Drive at Chicago-Kent: Help Provide Bikes for those in need!
Are you handy with an L-wrench? Want to become handy? Come
learn and reconstruct bikes at a bike drive for the needy this
month! ELS is teaming up with KJF and other public interest
groups to reconstruct bikes using materials from a local bike shop on
March 26, 2011 from 9AM - 3 PM. Activities will take place in the
concrete area behind Kent. For more details, visit http://workingbikes.org/event/2011/03/26/day or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earth Day Coming Soon
Environmental Law Society will be holding events for Earth Week in
mid-April, which will include a movie and popcorn night, an alumni
panel and a raffle. We also have a beach cleanup coming up soon, stay
tuned for details. For information email email@example.com.
First Spring Round Table Events
first round table events have been scheduled! To encourage discussion,
only 12 seats will be available on a first come first served
basis. Please sign up on TWEN, Lunch will be provided.
Wed, March 23, 11:45-12:45:
Louise Gross, EPA attorney and Clean Air Act expert, will discuss how
environmental regulation has developed over the past 20 years and the
government's role in protecting the environment.
Tue, March 29, 11:45-12:45:
Shell Bleiweis, a sole practitioner who specializes in environmental
law, will come to Kent to discuss his experiences in environmental law
and this alternative way to practice it.
Friends of the Forest Preserves Water Policy Internship
Friend of the Forest Preserves is looking for a policy intern this
summer. The intern will be working for Friends of the Forest Preserve
to advocate through community organizing and education for the adoption
of a Stormwater Management Policy for the Forest Preserves of Cook
County, which is currently being considered by the forest preserve
board of commissioners. The Forest Preserves of Cook County make
up 11% of Cook County land with many of the preserves buffering the
region's river corridors, yet these same preserves receive between 50%
and 80% of the County's stormwater. This has a negative impact on
water quality and also stresses high quality natural areas in the
forest preserves including habitat for 173 threatened and endangered
species. The intern would also work on site specific stormwater
challenges by conducting research, working to find alternative
solutions, and educating the public and local officials. Finally, the
intern would serve as Friends' liaison at watershed partnership
meetings. The intern will also work on developing information and
messaging, themes and images to use in communications, along with
creating and giving presentations to local groups.
Dates: 12 weeks (May 23-Augut 12, 2011, some flexibility with
dates); 32 hours per week. Benefits include $160 per week stipend plus
a travel award to be announced later. Applications are due by Monday, April 18.
To apply submit a cover letter and resume to:
Alice Brandon, Conservation Director
Friends of the Forest Preserves
28 E. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 1102
Chicago, IL 60604-2330