Northeast Midwest Institute Hosts Annual Great Lakes Summit in February

Hosted with The Nature Conservancy as Summit Sponsor

The Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMWI) holds its annual Great Lakes Environmental Summit at the end of February, with The Nature Conservancy as the primary sponsor. The Great Lakes Summit is a convening of Great Lakes policy experts, advocates, and stakeholders to discuss the issues that are most impactful to the health of the Great Lakes.

Presenters at the Great Lakes Summit include Members of Congress and their staff, Congressional committee staff, and Administration officials discussing the 2021 federal policy agenda as it pertains to the Great Lakes. The Summit provides an opportunity for the Great Lakes community and Congressional staff to identify and discuss regional legislative opportunities in the ever-evolving legislative and appropriations process. 

The planned agenda for the 2021 Great Lakes Summit includes legislative updates from House and Senate committees with jurisdictions impacting the Great Lakes.  Special guests will include Biden Administration officials.  Cong. Marcy Kaptur (D, OH- 9), a Co-Chair of the House Great Lakes Task Force and a long-time participant in the annual Great Lakes Summit, will engage in a discussion of future directions for Great Lakes economic and environmental initiatives.

The Nature Conservancy is the primary sponsor of the 2021 Great Lakes Summit. The Nature Conservancy, which is one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world, has continued to be a leader in providing critical resources to protect the world’s largest source of freshwater. For over 65 years, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 100 sites throughout the Great Lakes, including prairies, savannas, forests, wetlands and rivers, as well as working collaboratively with farmers, foresters, elected officials, agencies, and communities across the region to protect this globally significant freshwater ecosystem.  Representing The Nature Conservancy in opening the Great Lakes Summit will be Scott Sowa, Ph.D., Great Lakes Director, and attending will be representatives from seven TNC Great Lakes chapters. NEMIW also recognizes and thanks this year’s Great Lakes Summit co-sponsors:  Ducks Unlimited and GEI.  Ducks Unlimited is the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. Since 1937, DU has conserved almost 15 million acres of waterfowl habitat across North America. GEI Consultants serves as a leading consulting engineering and environmental firm that delivers value by providing professional services to improve our world’s built environments. GEI is a leader in providing multi-disciplined engineering and technical services to a range of private and public sector clients domestically and abroad.