KCC Annual Meeting 2016

Thanks to all who attended our Annual Meeting and Legislative Summit, held on Feb. 7th, 2016 in Louisville. We had a GREAT meeting, featuring the Conserve Kentucky initiative and the Kentucky Sustainable Business Council as well as Kentucky Waterways Alliance.  Plus we held detailed sessions on the Clean Power Plan, and discussion on Governor Bevin’s budget and land conservation.

This year’s program was sponsored in part by Bellarmine University’s School of Environmental Studies. If you missed the event, you are welcome to learn more about the sessions by downloading the session materials at the end of each item on the schedule below, and hope to see you at next year’s summit!

12:00- 12:30 am  
Attendees will be provided hard copies of schedule materials marked below with (*). Other materials below are online-only background resources.

Lunch provided for registered guests. Working lunch during first plenary session, from 12:30-1:15

12:30-12:40 pm
Welcome – Tamara Sluss, President; Lane Boldman, Exec. Director
Background Info*: About the Kentucky Conservation Committee

12:40-1:15 pm
2016 Legislative Session Overview:
Legislative Agents including Randy Strobo of Kentucky Conservation Committee and Tom FitzGerald of Kentucky Resources Council.

Briefing Materials*: KCC analysis and ranking of House bills to date
Briefing Materials*: KCC analysis and ranking of Senate bills to date

1:15- 1:45 am  
Lobbying Overview: 
The prospect of lobbying busy politicians in Frankfort leaves most of us feeling hesitant. This will be a quick review of the process, best practices and tips. Hosted by Sarah Lynn Cunningham.

Briefing Materials*: Guide to Citizen’s Lobbying

1:45- 2:15 pm  
Kentucky’s State Role in the Clean Power Plan and Kentucky’s Future in a Carbon-Constrained World:  
Lane Boldman, Andy McDonald. An overview of Kentucky’s energy future within the Clean Power Plan and other Federal regulations. How are other states dealing with the Clean Power Plan? What are the legislative implications for Kentucky? What are our clean energy opportunities?

Briefing Materials*: The Clean Power Plan in Kentucky
Briefing Materials: EPA Background info on the Clean Power Plan
Background Resource: Mark Dixon’s Cop 21 Website
Background Resource: Mark Dixon’s  COP21 climate presentation

2:15-2:45 pm
The State of Land Protection in Kentucky:
Shrinking state funds are a challenge in preserving Kentucky’s natural areas. Yet most Kentuckians support more funding. Representatives from the Conserve Kentucky Coalition will review the current landscape for public lands and initiatives for promoting more conservation in the Commonwealth. Facilitated by Tamara Sluss.

Briefing Materials*: Conserve Kentucky Summary on Funding Issues

Additional Materials: Conservation: an Investment that Pays (The Economic Benefits of Land Conservation) by The Trust for Public Land, 2009, Conservation Finance Feasibility Study for Kentucky, Trust for Public Land Report, Feb. 2011

2:45-3:15 pm
Kentucky Sustainable Business CouncilFeaturing Water Pollution Policy Issues from Kentucky Waterways Alliance
Kentucky Waterways Alliance has been working for 23 years to protect and restore Kentucky’s waterways. This session will provide details about KWA’s current efforts, including their legislative collaboration with KCC on microbead pollution in Kentucky, as well as business issues relating to the Clean Water Rule. Featuring Heather Warman and Tim Joice.

3:15-3:25 pm  Break. Move to one of three Breakout sessions   

Breakout 1 (Pasteur Room 102)
3:25-5:15 pm
Energy Future Forum:
Now that you have received information on our energy options for the future, let’s plan for how these become a reality. We will work through Clean Power Plan tools to help you look at energy justice issues and opportunities in your neighborhood. Facilitated by KCC’s Lane Boldman.

Breakout 2: (Pasteur Room 202)
3:25-5:15 pm: Kentucky Sustainable Business Council
Breakout meeting of KySBC. All attendees welcome. Facilitated by KySBC’s Heather Warman.

Breakout 3: (Pasteur Room 210)
3:25-5:15 pm

Conserve Kentucky Legislative Day Planning:
You’ve got the background information, now let’s put that information into action! The Conserve Kentucky coalition is planning a legislative day at the state capitol. Please join us in further developing next steps. Hosted by KCC’s Ruth Bamberger and Dick Shore.

Breakout Materials*:
Planning for a Lobby Day checklist/worksheet

5:15-5:30 pm

Closing Remarks 

THANKS to all who came to our 2015 Annual Meeting!

Resource Documents from 2015 presenters are listed below:

Ky. Sustainable Energy Alliance “Solar Works” Slides