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2017 Land & Water Conservation Summit

Saturday, March 11 at the URI Memorial Union, Kingston

Registration is now open.

Who should attend? Board members, volunteers & staff from Watershed Councils, Land Trusts & Conservation Commissions … anyone interested in land and watershed conservation!

You don’t want to miss it! This is your best opportunity in 2017 to network with your peers and attend outstanding workshops to help your organization be more effective.

Keynote address:

Dr. Eric Chivian - "Medical Models for Helping Us Understand Global Environmental Threats"

Dr. Eric Chivian is Director of The Program on Preserving the Natural World and the Founder and former Director (for over 16 years) of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, at Harvard Medical School. The Center is now based at the Harvard School of Public Health. In 1980, he and three colleagues founded the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.

During the past 25 years, he has worked to involve physicians in the United States and abroad in efforts to protect the environment, and to increase public understanding of the potential human health consequences of global environmental change.

Dr. Chivian’s presentation will discuss why it is so difficult for many people to see global environmental changes, and to grasp the significance of these changes for human life. The answers are many and complex, but involve, in part, the fact that our brains are wired to see what is happening right in front of us right now—we do not do very well with seeing things that are not obvious, that happen incrementally, or that occur over large areas or in other parts of the world. "The failure of humanity to grasp what we are doing to global physical, chemical, and biological systems is the greatest problem in the history of our species on this small planet."

Dr. Chivian will talk about how a medical model can help people understand the implications of our altering the global environment--by translating the abstract, technical science of these changes into the concrete, personal, everyday language of human health that people can relate to and understand.

Attend 3 workshops from 33 excellent workshop sessions offered providing tools and resources for organizational development, land protection and stewardship and watershed management. Workshops are taught by experts from Rhode Island and neighboring states. See the list of workshops and their descriptions or download the entire Summit Program with agenda and workshop descriptions.


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7:45 – 8:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:40

Welcome - Emcee: Judith Swift, URI Coastal Institute

Senator Whitehouse - Efforts to Address Climate Change

Keynote:  Dr. Eric Chivian - Medical Models for Helping Us Understand Global Environmental Threats:

Dr. Chivian is the founder and director of the Program for Preserving the Natural World; the founder and former director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School; and the co-founder of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.

9:40 – 10:20 Business Meetings (everyone invited); Network & Visit Exhibits
9:45 – 10:05

Business Meetings (everyone invited)

RI Land Trust Council Business Meeting

RI Association of Conservation Commission Business Meeting

Watershed Organizations’ Meeting

10:20 – 11:30 Session I WorkshopsChoose from 11 offered - see descriptions
11:30 – 11:45 Break
11:45 – 12:55 Session II WorkshopsChoose from 11 offered - see descriptions
12:55 – 2:30

Lunch & Awards:

On-stage Interview of John Gwynne, a Little Compton landscape architect who helped design the Roger Williams and Bronx Zoos and is consulting for the Wildlife Conservation Society of NY to help create national parks in Africa and a field guide to Brazil’s birds.

Peter Merritt Conservation Award & Blueways Stewardship Award

RIDEM Director Janet Coit

2:45 – 4:00 Session III WorkshopsChoose from 11 offered - see descriptions

Thank you to our lead sponsors, they help us keep registration costs low.

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Conservationists: $2,500 and above

Hazard Family Foundation

Hazard Family Foundation

Stewards: $1,000 - 2,499

Land Trust AllianceDeepwater Wind

Registration includes a light breakfast and a full lunch AND all participants receive an attractive reusable coffee mug. We thank our sponsors for keeping the registration costs affordable.

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