2011 Request for Presentations


7th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference hosted by the Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition
October 12-14, 2011
The Westin Book Cadillac
Detroit, MI

Call for Presentations at the 7th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition (HOW) is issuing a “request for presentations” from interested applicants who would like to lead a workshop session at HOW’s 7th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference.   

Deadline: May 1, 2011

Dowload an application here.

Send completed applications to Martha Borie Wood at martha@healthylakes.org.

Each year HOW’s Great Lakes Restoration Conference brings together a diverse group of more than 300 people from throughout the Great Lakes region. The conference provides a 2-day forum for participants to learn about important Great Lakes restoration issues, network at the largest annual gathering of Great Lakes supporters and activists, and develop strategies to advance federal, regional and local restoration goals. 

For the first time, HOW’s Great Lakes Restoration Conference is being held in conjunction with U.S. federal environmental agencies, the International Joint Commission, the Great Lakes Commission, and many major funders in the region.  This historic gathering will attract close to 700 activists, government representatives, industry leaders, tribal members, environmental consultants, sportsmen, and academic institutions under one roof to network and collaborate on issues of critical urgency facing the Great Lakes. 

This unique gathering offers a tremendous opportunity to gain broad exposure on a wide range of issues facing the Lakes. Any person or organization with an interest in Great Lakes restoration is invited to submit an application to conduct a workshop at the conference. Workshop applications must adhere to the instructions in Section II, and will be evaluated based on the considerations in Section III of this document.

I.Presentation Issue Areas

The Great Lakes Restoration Conference will address many of the critical issues and challenges facing the Great Lakes. The HOW Coalition is seeking innovative and creative proposals for presentations under the following broad categories:

1. National Great Lakes Policy Issues – beyond the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
The GLRI was a historic program for the Great Lakes, providing significant new funding for restoration work in the region. But there are many other critical national policy issues that impact the Lakes such as invasive species like Asian carp, the Farm Bill, Clean Water Act, Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund, habitat protection, Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, Great Lakes Compact implementation, Environmental Justice issues, and many more. If you or your organization are engaged in advancing these or other critical efforts that impact the Lakes, this is an opportunity to investigate the challenges and opportunities to advancing restoration outside of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

2. Economics of Restoration Funding – Making the Healthy Lakes, Healthy Economy Connection
It is widely recognized that funding Great Lakes restoration reaps significant economic benefits to the region. We’re looking for presentations that make a compelling case that Great Lakes restoration creates jobs and is good for the economy. Presentations under this category can include examples of research, studies, reports or assessments of completed or ongoing restoration work that demonstrates quantifiable beneficial economic results.  Presentations that describe how to estimate the number and types of jobs created are especially welcome.

3. Restoration success  — Chronicling Restoration Projects that Deliver Results
In the current political and fiscal climate, Great Lakes programs will not receive funding unless they can prove they are working—and the Great Lakes community must be able to answer the question: “How are Great Lakes restoration programs helping the Lakes, people and communities?”This session will delve into successful restoration projects that produce results.  Presentations in this category should include case studies and examples of successful restoration projects funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative or other state or federal funding sources. Before and after photos, working successfully with multiple project partners, relating to the community where the project was located, and showing how the project addressed major threats to the Great Lakes or advanced restoration goals are all examples of information that would strengthen presentations in this category.  

4. Grassroots Action that makes a Difference
Many HOW Coalition members and partners are engaged in a variety of local, regional, and national campaign activities to help protect and restore the Lakes.  In many cases, these efforts include innovative strategies and tactics that have reaped tremendous gains in protecting the Great Lakes ecosystem. Presentations under this category should include stories of successful campaigns that utilized creative approaches to achieve definable victories in protecting the Great Lakes. 

5. Science and the State of the Great Lakes 
How healthy clean are the Great Lakes? Are the Lakes in better or worse shape that they were 5 years ago? The answers to this question are often difficult to convey and are frequently explained in overly technical terms that can confuse rather than clarify. Presenters in this category are challenged to translate the scientific underpinnings behind one or more existing or emerging ecological threats to the Great Lakes in a simple and straightforward manner that leaves the listener with a clear understanding of the root cause and impacts of the threat and what needs to be to solve the problem at its core; i.e. curing the disease, rather than treating the symptom. 

II. Presentation Submission Information and General Instructions

1. Submissions must be received no later than May 1st, 2011.

2. All presentation applications must be submitted on the application form provided by HOW and must be sent to Martha Borie Wood at martha@healthylakes.org. Paper submissions will not be accepted.

3. Conference presentations cannot be used to market products or services.

4. Presenters will have access to the standard audio/visual equipment provided by HOW, which includes LCD projectors, screens and podium microphones. Any additional audio/visual needs must be provided by the presenter, working with HOW Coalition staff and within the requirements of the conference facility. 

5. Workshop Sessions are 45 minutes in length. Presentation formats are flexible but must be developed in a way to convey the subject matter in the 45 minute time frame.

6. Applicants will be notified of receipt of submission by e-mail. Notification of acceptance for conference presentation will be emailed by June 1st, 2011.

Dowload the application form here.

Completed applications must be emailed to Martha Borie Wood at martha@healthylakes.org.

III. Application Evaluation

Your application will be reviewed by a team of HOW Coalition leaders. Applications will be judged based on the following considerations:

1. All applications must meet the requirements stated in Section II of this document. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

2. Preferred applications will closely match the Workshop Issue Areas described in section I.

3. To the extent possible, preferred applications will include a creative interactive component that effectively engages audience participants.

4. Preferred applications will include speakers with demonstrated expertise in their field.

5. Preferred applications will include creative visual presentations (Exhibits, models, charts, handouts, etc).

6. Preferred applications will examine Great Lakes issues in a compelling way that underscore the connection of the Lakes to people; the urgency needed to solve the problem; and manageable solutions.

Please direct all inquiries about your application to Martha Borie Wood at martha@healthylakes.org

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition consists of more than 115 environmental, conservation, outdoor recreation organizations, zoos, aquariums and museums representing millions of people, whose common goal is to restore and protect the Great Lakes.

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