KCC Annual Meeting
and Legislative Summit
This Agenda Still Under Development…Watch this space for updates!
Join us on Saturday, January 12th 2019 for the Kentucky Conservation Committee’s Annual Meeting and Legislative Summit, featuring detailed information for conservation audiences on the 2019 Legislative Session. KCC works to protect Kentucky’s land, air, water and biodiversity by working on legislative solutions in Frankfort.
We are looking forward to a GREAT meeting, with the latest news and opportunities to learn about conservation issues all around Kentucky. Legislative experts will be on hand to answer your most pressing questions on energy, public lands, biodiversity, climate change and more. Please check this page often for schedule updates.
Registered participants will receive detailed advance briefs on key sessions. Links to materials below (check for updates). Information can also be found at kyconservation.org
The sessions will start at the Shumaker Research Building at the University of Louisville Campus, Room 139. Parking available at the Speed Museum garage, and Floyd Street Garage.
- All-Day Option: You may register for the full day, all sessions for only $20 donation (includes lunch).
- KCC Member Discount:Current KCC members can attend all sessions for $15 donation (includes lunch)
- Student Registration: students may attend for free with advance registration, lunch included. Limit: 20.
Sponsored by The Kentucky Conservation Committee and University of Louisville Office of Sustainability.
Note: Documents marked with * will be provided at the conference.
Proposed Schedule, subject to updates:
9:00-9:30 am: Registration
9:30-9:45 am: KCC Welcome –
Sarah Lynn Cunningham, KCC President; Lane Boldman, KCC Exec. Director
- Background: About KCC*
- Guide to Citizen Lobbying*
- KCC resource link: Introduction to Citizen Lobbying
- KCC resource link: How a Bill Becomes a Law in Ky.
- Kentucky Conservation Committee’s “Key Steps” Climate Action Guide
9:45 am-10:30 am
2019 Legislative Session Overview: Kentucky Conservation Committee Legislative Agent Randy Strobo and Kentucky Resources Council Executive Director Tom FitzGerald will offer anticipated highlights for the 2019 State General Assembly.
10:30 am-11:30 am
Mayor Dale Ross of Georgetown, Texas
We are excited to host Mayor Ross, mayor of the first city in the U.S. to convert to 100% renewable energy to power its grid.
Ross, a certified public accountant, moved to Georgetown in 2004 and became mayor in 2014. He has expanded the city’s park system, begun composting fruits in local schools, and installed nine charging stations for electric vehicles. This year, Georgetown won a Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge grant to create a virtual solar plant by renting out space for panels on the city’s businesses and homes.
- “Georgetown, Texas Redefining Neighborhoods Through Renewable Energy”
- “Why This Republican Mayor Spoke at Bernie Sander’s Climate Town Hall”
11:30-11:45: Participants gather lunch, (lobby), and return to plenary room for lunchtime program.
Lunchtime Presentation and Panel Discussion: Legislative and Regulatory ideas/Regional Solutions for Cities and Counties
Learn how cities and counties are addressing a range of important sustainability topics including climate preparedness, rising energy costs, smart building design, transportation and integration of public open space.
Presenters and Panelists:
- Mayor Dale Ross of Georgetown, TX.
- US Green Building Council Kentucky Chapter (speaker TBD)
- Steve Sizemore, Urban Planner, University of Louisville
1:00-1:15 pm Break
Legislative and Executive Branch Panel:
- Members of the Kentucky House and Senate (still to confirm)
- Zeb Weese, Kentucky Office of Nature Preserves
- Bruce Scott, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet
Presentations and Panel Discussion:
Biodiversity, Resiliency and Climate Change in Kentucky
The Kentucky Conservation Committee is working this year with allies and partner groups on a fall conference focused on biodiversity and climate in the Upper Cumberland River watershed. In preparation, our Annual Meeting panel will detail other work already happening around climate and biodiversity around the state and options for policy solutions.
Presenters and Panelists:
- David Phemister, Kentucky Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
- Margaret Carreio
- Additional panelists, TBD.
- Udall, Beyer, Introduce the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act
- Scientific American article on Natural Climate Solutions
- Pine Mountain Wildlands Corridor
- KCC’s Biodiversity web page
3:15-3:30 pm: Closing/Wrap up