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Science Matters Brown Bag Forum: Renew the Blue

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Central Library - Kansas City Public Library

Helzberg Auditorium

14th W. 10th St.

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About the Science Matters Brown Bag Forums

Science Matters Brown Bag Forums are monthly lunch-and-learn programs co-sponsored by the Linda Hall Library and the Kansas City Public Library. The events will be held in the Helzberg Auditorium in the Central Library. The forums will focus on science-related topics that impact Kansas Citians. Bring your lunch and join the conversation!

The September 18 program

The Blue River flows 40 miles from its headwaters in relatively undeveloped Southern Johnson County, Kansas, through the urban core of Kansas City, Missouri, before it outlets into the Missouri River. Along the way, the Blue River and its tributaries pass through 20 cities and hundreds of neighborhoods. The river has areas of immense natural beauty and is highly valuable for the habitat, ecosystem services, and recreational opportunities that it provides, but the river is largely unknown to the people who live within its watershed. However, several organizations and hundreds people have come together to bring awareness to the Blue River, and are working to restore and protect the river. This program will focus on some of the many projects that are underway to benefit Kansas City’s river and its people.

The speakers

Adison Banks, Land Trust Coordinator at the Heartland Conservation Alliance, was born and raised in the Kansas City metro. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Kansas and a Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law. Adison is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Texas, and he has worked at the county and federal levels of government, in addition to working in private practice.

Adison has cultivated, and continues to cultivate, a passion for the environment, guided primarily by moral principles. He believes everyone has a responsibility to actively care for others and the environment, and by saving our environment we save ourselves. He has volunteered with the Sierra Club, Bridging the Gap, Mid-America Regional Council, KC Rescue Mission, and Impact KC, and has given presentations to the EPA, city councils, parks departments, and the public to help inform decisions to preserve the environment and protect human health and quality of life.

Jill Erickson, Executive Director of the Heartland Conservation Alliance, earned a degree in Journalism and Graphic Design from Northwest Missouri State University and has spent the last 25 years managing nonprofit organizations at various levels whose missions have supported the arts, education, urban agriculture and most recently conservation. As the co-founder and current Executive Director, Jill has co-led the Middle Blue River Urban Waters Federal Partnership since 2013 and has served as the Ambassador for the since 2016. A Kansas City native, she is passionate about the importance of nature in cities and thrives on bringing together diverse ideas and voices.

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