Doug La Follette Environmental Speakers Program

Boom & Bust: Exploring the health and environmental effects of frac sand
with Dr. Henry Anderson, Chief Medical Officer, State of Wisconsin

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 5-7 p.m.
Coffee & appetizers starting at 5 p.m.; program to follow at 5:30 p.m.
Fluno Center, Skyview Room, 8th Floor
601 University Ave., Madison

It’s been called the next “Gold Rush”
Frac sand mining is a hot topic in Wisconsin; in the last year, the number of frac sand operations in the state has more than doubled, with more on the way. Join Dr. Henry Anderson, the state’s chief medical officer, who will discuss the health impacts of frac sand mining and how it affects Wisconsin’s environment, particularly our water.
 
This event is free and open to the public. Ramp parking available at and near the Fluno Center.
 
RSVPs appreciated! Contact Jake or call 608-251-7020 x23
 
Afterward, join us at Marquee Theater at Union South for a screening of Gasland 2, a new film that examines hydraulic fracking. Find details here.
 
 

Past Events

May 2013: Tipping Point: Keeping Wisconsin Competitive in a Changing Energy World

Gary Radloff, director of the Midwest Energy Policy Analysis, Wisconsin Energy Institute, discusses his newly released paper, "How to Keep Wisconsin and the U.S. Competitive in a Changing Energy World." Wisconsin is at a tipping point in the clean energy economy: It can be a leader in energy technology innovation or it can continue to slide behind the rest of the Midwest, U.S. and world. The lecture will discuss global and state energy trends to understand why we are at a critical point in our economic and environmental future.
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November 2012: An Evening with  Bill McKibben

Based on McKibben’s July Rolling Stone article that became one of the most shared pieces in the magazine’s history, this tour is the launch pad for a new movement to change the math of the climate crisis. Be there as we gain the momentum needed to challenge the status quo and protect our future from the devastation of climate change.

Thanks to our event sponsors! 350 Madison350 UW-MadisonDelta PropertiesFull Spectrum SolarKettle View Renewable Energy LLCOrganic ValleyUnion Cab Cooperative of MadisonWisconsin Interfaith Power & Light / Islamic Environmental Group of Wisconsin.

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April 2012: Running out of Gas

For decades, Wisconsin has relied on out-of-state fossil fuels that pollute our air and cost our state millions. Nationally recognized energy expert, Kate Gordon, will highlight how our state can create jobs, boost our economy and clean our environment by replacing our addiction to fossil fuels with smart investments in clean energy.

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October 2011: Painting the Cream City Green: How Milwaukee can strengthen its economy, health and environment with green jobs

Help shape the future of your community by joining Milwaukee's leaders and residents as Dr. Henry S. Cole, President of Henry S. Cole & Associates Inc. and Publisher of Ekos-Squared, launches a conversation about how green jobs are vital to our environment as well as our safety, health and Milwaukee's economy.

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September 2010: Navigating the Climate ConflictToday’s Hottest Climate Battles and Your Role in the Fight

Kassie Siegel, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute, discusses what’s at stake in some of today’s hottest climate battles —from the fight to save the polar bear to the Gulf oil spill response to climate legislation and the showdown over the Clean Air Act — and how you can help save the planet before it’s too late.
 
 

 

The Doug La Follette Environmental Speakers Program is a semi-annual lecture series that brings distinguished environmental leaders to Wisconsin. Held in cities throughout Wisconsin, these events will feature environmental leaders who specialize in a wide range of issues affecting the state such as climate change, invasive species, renewable energy and Great Lakes protection.

This program was made possible by a $100,000 endowment from Secretary of State and Clean Wisconsin co-founder, Doug La Follette.