Thanks to all who attended this year’s summit!
KCC Annual Meeting and Legislative Summit, Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Bellarmine University

Sponsored by KCC and Bellarmine School of Environmental Studies.
The Conference will be held in the Hilary Room on the Bellarmine University Campus, 2001 Newburg Rd., Louisville, Horrigan Hall. Campus map here.

Kentucky Conservation Committee’s Annual Meeting, featured detailed information for conservation audiences on the 2017 Legislative Session. KCC works to protect Kentucky’s land, air, water and biodiversity, by working on legislative solutions in Frankfort.

The conference included the latest news and opportunities to learn about conservation issues all around Kentucky. Legislative experts were on hand to answer your most pressing questions on energy, public lands, biodiversity, sustainable business and more.

Note: Documents marked with * will be provided at the conference.

9:00-9:30 am      

9:30-9:40 am
Welcome – Sarah Lynn Cunningham, President; Lane Boldman, Exec. Director

9:40-10:30 am
2017 Legislative Session Overview:
Legislative Agents including Randy Strobo, Agent for the Kentucky Conservation Committee and Tom FitzGerald of Kentucky Resources Council.

10:30-11:00 am
Lobbying Overview:
 A review of processes, best practices and tips for citizens to have effective engagement with their legislators and decision-makers. Sarah Lynn Cunningham, Lane Boldman

11:00 am-12:00 pm
Environmental Regulations in Kentucky:
Special Guest, Judge Phillip Shepherd

Phillip Shepherd has been Judge of the Franklin Circuit Court since November 2006, and has litigated environmental, civil rights and employment cases in state and federal courts for more than 20 years. He has served as Kentucky’s Secretary of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet from 1991 to 1995 and has served as a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 48th Judicial District from 1989 to 1991. He is a life member of the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Judge. Shepherd is a graduate of Asbury College and the University of Kentucky College of Law.

12:00-12:45 pm
Lunch and Learn with a Legislator
(lunch provided by KCC and Bellarmine University).
Senator Morgan McGarvey and other legislative guests will answer your questions on how to frame your issues for effectiveness. 

KCC Board Meeting (Board members only, but also open to the public). Board candidate ballots will be collected during the annual meeting. Candidate statements here.

12:45-1:15 pm
Conserve Kentucky— The State of Land Protection: Matt Bevin’s “Red Tape Reduction” initiative and budgetary reduction programs may change how departments responsible for land conservation in Kentucky operate. This session will outline what those changes may be and how they affect sustainability and land protection.  Zeb Weese, Executive Director of the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission will update us.

1:15- 2:00 pm
Kentucky’s Energy Landscape 
In a fast-changing energy market, regulated utilities are increasingly changing how costs are assigned to their customers. This session will provide an overview of how your power is being charged back to you, what this means for clean energy, how it affects consumer choice and legislative options. We will also discuss progress on Energy Project Assessment Districts in Kentucky, based on legislation which passed in the 2016 session. Feature speakers: Sarah Lynn Cunningham, Lane Boldman, Andy McDonald, Donald Warner.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions:

2:00-2:15 pm     Break. Move to one of three Concurrent Breakout sessions 

2:15-3:45 pm    Clean Energy: Legislative/Action Planning. 
Now that you have received information on our challenges such as the KU/LG&E rate case, KyMEA, and opportunities such as Energy Project Assessment Districts,  let’s plan for how we overcome challenges and raise public and legislative support for clean energy and efficiency. Facilitators: Lane Boldman, Sarah Lynn Cunningham

2:15-3:45 pm
Biodiversity Systems in Kentucky: The concept of biodiversity is one that the public often does not understand well. Discussion on legislative action that has been happening in other states, and how we promote these issues in Kentucky. Facilitators: Vicki Holmberg, Hugh Archer.

2:15-3:45 pm
Conserve Kentucky: Action planning for land conservation funding
Last year KCC, the Conserve Kentucky coalition, and 40 allied groups helped to restore  a portion of the budget for land conservation from being swept. But the threats are far from over. This breakout will discuss how we continue to raise the visibility of these funding challenges and engage the public and lawmakers. Facilitators: Randy Strobo, Don Dott

3:45-4:00 pm     Closing Remarks