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Chicago Wilderness Congress Session #5
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 Export to Your Calendar 7/21/2020
When: July 21, 2020
1 to 3 PM
Where: Register to receive zoom instructions
United States
Contact: Laura Reilly

Online registration is available until: 7/21/2020
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1PM  Using CMAP Tools for Conservation and Climate Resilience Planning


Through the development of the ON TO 2050 regional plan and the agency’s local planning activities, CMAP has created several tools and datasets practitioners can use to further their conservation and climate resilience planning. Staff from CMAP and the Nature Conservancy will present publicly available tools and data on stormwater, water demand, and natural resources in northeastern Illinois and share some ways partners have applied them. Tools to be discussed include CMAP’s Conservation Areas Local Strategy Map and Flood Susceptibility Index, a guidebook on integrating climate science into local plans, and the Nature Conservancy’s Chicago Greenprint.



Brian Daly, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Nora Beck, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

John Legge, The Nature Conservancy


2PM  Building Advocacy Networks to Support Your Cause – Big or Small

Gallup polls tell us that more Americans are concerned about the environment now than at any other time in the last 30 years. But during the same time, the percentage of Americans who identify as ‘environmentalists’ has never been lower. We have a unique opportunity to engage concerned Americans by empowering them to advocate effectively. During this interactive session, professional advocates will discuss tools they use to engage and empower new audiences – volunteer training programs, online campaign platforms, ‘power mapping’, and more. We will also explore the evolving needs of CW members and brainstorm how better advocacy can support them.



Andrew Szwak, Openlands



Sean Ruane, Advocates for Urban Agriculture

Tucker Barry, Illinois Environmental Council

Ashley Maybanks, The Nature Conservancy - Illinois