Kentucky Conservation Committee Annual Meeting and Legislative Summit 2018

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Bellarmine University

2001 Newburg Road

Louisville, KY 40205

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Join us on Saturday, January 20th 2018 for the Kentucky Conservation Committee's Annual Meeting and Legislative Summit, featuring detailed information for conservation audiences on the 2018 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 the upcoming budget, energy, public lands, participatory democracy and more.

We would like to welcome our VERY special keynote, U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth!

Registered participants will receive detailed advance briefs on key sessions. Links to materials below (check for updates). Information can also be found at )

The sessions will be held in Pasteur 102, with breakout sessions in Pasteur 105, 109, and 100. Campus map here. Campus parking map here.

Registration Options:

  • 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 on your own.

Sponsored by KCC and Bellarmine School of Environmental Studies.
The Conference will be held in the Pasteur 102 Room on the Bellarmine University Campus, 2001 Newburg Rd, Louisville, KY. Campus map here.

Note: Documents marked with * will be provided at the conference.

Proposed Schedule, subject to updates:

9:00-9:30 am

9:30-10:00 am
KCC Welcome – Sarah Lynn Cunningham, President; Lane Boldman, Exec. Director

10:00 pm-10:45 pm
2018 Legislative Session Overview: Legislative Agents Randy Strobo with the Kentucky Conservation Committee and Tom FitzGerald of the Kentucky Resources Council will offer anticipated conservation highlights of what to look for during the legislative session.

10:45 pm-11:30 pm
State Budget Overview: Special Guest, Ashley Spalding. Ashley is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KCEP) since 2011. Ashley has conducted research on social and economic policies affecting low-income families for over 15 years. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research projects at the University of South Florida focused on low-income housing and education, respectively. She is a Kentucky native. At KCEP Ashley’s work focuses primarily on education, workforce development, criminal justice and the state budget.

Background info links:

11:30-12:15 am
Special Keynote: U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth: The Intersection of the Federal Government, States, the Environment - and the Role of Local Citizen Engagement
John Allan Yarmuth has been the U.S. Representative for Kentucky's 3rd congressional district since 2007. His district encompasses the vast majority of Louisville Metro.

12:15-12:30 Participants gather lunch, (entryway outside of lecture hall), and return to lecture hall for lunchtime program.

Lunchtime Special Program:

12:30-1:30 pm
Preempiton of Democracy: Learn about how laws are addressing state level preemption of local issues and message frames being used. Special Guests: Kim Haddow, Haddow Communications, Jared Make, "A Better Balance"

1:30-2:30 pm
Kentucky’s Distributed Energy Future: In a fast-changing energy market, the integration of renewables and distributed energy create new challenges for customers and utilities. Special Guests: Rick Bender, Karen Wilson and Kenya Stump from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.

Background info Links:

2:30-3:30 pm
Conserve Kentucky— The State of Land and Biodiversity initiatives: Budgetary reductions have changed how departments responsible for land conservation and species protection operate in Kentucky. This session will outline what changes have occurred in this new landscape, and will also look at new federal opportunities through items such as the 2018 Farm Bill. Presenters, Hugh Archer, Don Dott.

Background info Links:

Additional Policy Information on the 2018 Farm Bill:

3:30-3:40 Break. Move to one of three Concurrent Breakout sessions

3:40 pm
Concurrent Interactive Breakout Sessions:
Choose one of three breakouts for in-depth discussion/training/action planning:

  • 3:40-4:40 pm Clean Energy Legislative/Action Planning 
(Pasteur 105)
  • 3:40-4:40 pm Strengthening Democracy/Citizen Lobbying Skills (Pasteur 100)
  • 3:40-4:40 pm Opportunities for Land and Biodiversity (Pasteur 102)

4:40-5:00 pm: Report back: Closing/Wrap up

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