April 20, 2016

Celebrating Earth Day 2016 and the 100th Anniversary of the National Park System

The Sustainability Committee invites you to join us in celebrating Earth Day, April 20th.  Our program will be “Earth Day 2016: Celebrating 100 Years of America’s Best Idea, The National Parks.”   Our featured speaker will be Palmer “Chip” Jenkins, Deputy Regional Director for Resource Stewardship and Planning for the National Park Service in the Pacific West Region.  Chip is also, among his many achievements, formerly the Superintendent of Washington’s own North Cascades National Park.  We’ll have two short programs.  Stephen Streufert, Olympic Director of NatureBridge, a nationwide science education organization that provides science-based environmental education programs in Olympic National Park and several other National Parks around the country, will share insights about the challenges and opportunities of teaching America’s youth about the National Park system and our role in the environment.  Rob Smith, Regional Director for the National Parks Conservation Association in the Pacific Northwest will discuss the challenges of preserving the legacy of our National Parks in the next century.  Day Chair is Eric Christensen, Co-Chair of the Sustainability Committee, with assistance from Sustainability Committee member Robyn Grad.