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May 17: The County Green Conference at CLC

County Green 2012 will bring together local business owners and educators, as well as non-profit, municipal and county leaders for a one-day event sponsored by the College of Lake County on May 17 to promote a sustainable future in Lake County.

The third annual County Green will focus on the environmental, social and economic impacts of water and food on our region. With Lake County’s population expected to grow significantly by 2050, demand for water and nutritious food will continue to surge. Through speakers and workshops, County Green will connect the dots between our water and food supply, the increasing demands we face and what needs to be done to ensure a sustainable future.

Keynote speaker Peter Annin, author of the “Great Lakes Water Wars,” will shine a spotlight on the importance of water, as will presentations by organizations involved in protecting water and growing local food in Lake County. The afternoon sessions include a water forum and food forum, giving conference participants an opportunity to delve deeper into sustainable local food and pressing water issues.

The County Green is designed to attract businesses that want to “go green,” along with educators, those working with non-profits and municipalities and others interested in sustainability. It will bring together around 200 attendees plus 50 speakers and exhibitors to learn, network, share information and be inspired by the opportunities the new green economy will provide. The County Green is the latest in a series of events held at CLC, beginning with GreenTown: The Future of Community in 2010 and The County Green in May 2011.

The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the C Wing conference area at the CLC Grayslake campus, 19351 W. Washington St. Registration is $50, which includes breakfast, lunch and a microbrew reception. To register online, visit http://thecountygreen.com/register. Registration and a locally-grown breakfast will be held from 8-8:45 a.m., followed by a welcome by CLC President Jerry Weber and the keynote address by Peter Annin.

For more information, visit http://thecountygreen.com or contact Dara Reiff, CLC sustainability coordinator, at (847) 543-2643 or dreiff@clcillinois.edu.

Sponsors include Liberty Prairie Conservancy, Natural Awakenings and Prairieland Disposal

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