In October, roughly 70 people attended "Celebrating a Greener Racine", representing a variety of conservation and sustainability groups throughout Racine. This was the second annual fall gathering for members and partners supporting Greening Greater Racine. Among those were Racine County Executive, Jonthan Delagrave and City Administrator, Jim Palenick. Our featured speaker was Steve Perkins. He organized and led the “Star Community” initiative in Evanston, IL. The "Star Community" is similar to certifying buildings, rather certifying a community. Steve explained the process he endured for years from rejections from the City to convincing community leaders advantages of being more sustainable. Steve managed to jump many hurdles and eventually achieved success! The city of Evanston is a "Star Community" with a track to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 80% by the year 2020! All in all, the city made great strides in improving the environment and connected the community in ways it did not expect before.
We thank all the attendees for joining in the program, all the speakers, and responses in the surveys. Below are the photos from the event. Click on the agenda to download it to see the listed speakers. If you're interested to see the sustainable organizations and activities, download the list by clicking HERE. If you think we missed anything, please let us know!
Thanks to Gateway, Greening Greater Racine was able to host the first fall gathering. It was well-attended and we celebrated the progress in a greener Racine!
Thank you to all that attended and presented!
Below describes the event agenda.
8:30 Refreshments and Networking
9:00 Welcome and overview, Dave Rhoads
9:05 Featured Speaker, Cory Mason IV, WI State Representative
9:30 GGR Initiatives
10:40 Outreach Happenings II