Spurring Collaboration and Action

On June 7, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, the public is invited to participate in the first Door County Climate Change Forum at The Lodge at Leathem Smith in Sturgeon Bay.

The forum is organized by the Climate Change Coalition of Door County (CCCDC). Their goal is to initiate dialogue to spur collaboration and action by many Door County organizations and individuals to address, mitigate and adapt to climate change in our region.

Speakers include Tia Nelson, executive secretary of the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands and co-chair, Governor Doyle’s Global Warming Task Force; Paul Robbins, director of the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies at UW-Madison presenting likely climate change impacts; Bob Krumenaker, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore superintendent, covering environmental impacts faced there and for Lake Michigan; Roy Thilly, former CEO of WPPI Energy and co-chair of Governor Doyle’s Global Warming Task Force, addressing the role of greenhouse gases; and Jane Elder, executive director, The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, on energy policy.

An interactive forum of experts will follow, addressing climate change: Steve Hiniker, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, land use and transportation; Roger Kuhns, SustainAudit LLC, sustainable practices; Kathy Kuntz, Cool Choices, behavior change, education and energy efficiency; and Keith Reopelle, Clean Wisconsin, public policy initiatives and choices.

“People of quite different political views in Door County all care deeply about the environment and work together on many environmental initiatives, in particular on preserving and caring for our unique coastline and lands,” said Climate Change Coalition co-chair Mary Smythe. “We believe this program will lead to a lively and productive discussion to address these issues vital to our well-being and quality of life.”

A $15 fee per person will help cover costs. For more information, visit or contact Smythe at 920.854.3330 or [email protected].