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WMEAC to host Third Annual "Women and the Environment" symposium

WMEAC and GVSU will hold a symposium focused on educating, networking and honoring women and their contributions to the environment.

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Women and the Environment Event Details

On Friday, February 7 the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) and Grand Valley State University will host the Third Annual Women & the Environment Symposium at the GVSU L.V. Eberhard Center on their downtown Grand Rapids campus.  

The symposium features Sandra Steingraber, PhD as the keynote speaker. Steingraber is a highly acclaimed author, ecologist and cancer survivor. She focuses much of her work on the links and effects from the environment on cancer and human health. Steingraber received international recognition for her book, "Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment." The book presents cancer as a human rights issue and has since been adapted into a documentary film by the same name.

The event will feature several workshops including Women and Children Health Workshop, Climate Change and Resiliency and a Citizen Action Panel, meant to inform people on environmental issues and spur meaningful discussions. 

A luncheon honoring women who have made contributions to the protection of West Michigan's natural resources will take place toward the end of the symposium. There will also be several networking opportunities to connect community members with women who have made the conscious effort to improve environmental quality in both their careers and lives.

"The symposium provides a great opportunity for networking and self-growth through workshops, keynote addresses, a luncheon and a panel discussion, which bring together local leaders and stakeholders in the business, academic and activist communities," says Madeline Boyd, a WMEAC Women in the Environment Intern.

Disclosure: The author is currently an intern for WMEAC, in collaboration with The Rapidian's internship program.

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