Each week we invite grassroots activists,
artists, officials, physicians, parents, young people and others to offer
insightful commentary on their Great Lakes
experiences and views. Of course, we also invite you to comment on their
This week, the Town Hall is pleased to
welcome Kami Dolney, the Marketing
Communications Manager for the Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, Ohio.
Come visit the Great Lakes Town Hall to read and respond to Kami Dolney's stories
and perspectives about the Great Lakes every day this week - only in the Great
Lakes Town Hall!
Kami Dolney is the Marketing Communications Manager for Great
Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC) in Cleveland,
Ohio. For those new to the
company, GLBC is a principle-centered, environmentally respectful and socially
conscious company committed to crafting fresh, flavorful, high-quality beer and
food for the Great Lakes region.
Kami graduated from the College of Wooster
in Wooster, Ohio, in 1999 with a degree in Economics. No
longer interested in crunching statistics, but blessed with a penchant for
writing and communication, she spent three and a half years crafting her
position as the Director of Marketing & Communications at West Side
Ecumenical Ministry (WSEM), a Cleveland social service agency serving those in
need. Because of the energy spent on the social service aspect of the
organization, the environmental aspect needed particular grooming. Kami took
initiative and began a paper recycling program by not only placing recycling
bins throughout the complex, but also sorting, separating and delivering the
weekly load to the local paper recycling plant...until she got smart and had a
recycling dumpster dropped onsite.
Through an interesting turn of events in
2002, Kami ended up as the Marketing Coordinator for GLBC after meeting one of
the co-owners at a GLBC-WSEM sponsored event. GLBC had a need (at the time) for
a Green Coordinator, which she originally applied for because of her interest
in GLBC's "zero waste initiatives" which included running a
shuttlebus on biodiesel, utilizing worms for composting office paper and
kitchen scraps and recycling spent brewer's grain as cattle feed used by local
farmers. The need for marketing supplanted the need for a green coordinator
(again at the time) and thus, Kami's role in marketing continued.
Aside from engaging in and communicating
about the zero waste initiatives that GLBC executes on a daily basis, Kami has
been instrumental in planning GLBC's annual environmental and music fest called
the Great Lakes Burning River Fest (www.burningriverfest.org) and serving on
GLBC's 501c3 foundation, the Burning River Foundation. In addition, she was an
Education Assistant at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (where she met her
husband!) and a volunteer with Youth Outdoors, which introduces inner-city
youth to the great outdoors. A Northeast Ohio native her entire life, she
considers Lake Erie the crown jewel of this region and wouldn't trade it for
anything (except maybe an oceanfront villa in the Mediterranean).
and respond to Kami Dolney in the Town Hall
Week’s Featured Issue…
In addition to guest speakers, the Great Lakes Town Hall
focuses on a new featured Great Lakes issue
each week, provided by co-moderators Dave Dempsey, Gary Wilson, and Brenna
Wanous. This week, Brenna
encourages readers to think beyond the list of things we can do the save the
planet, and adds one more essential item to the list: Make the connections
between nature and our lives.
Don't miss this great opportunity to read
and comment on our featured issue - The #1
on the Earth Day To Do List - and the stories and perspectives of
Kami Dolney in the Great Lakes Town Hall all this week!
Guest speakers contribute content on a Great Lakes topic of their choice for five days. While
there are basic rules of conduct, guest speakers are unedited and diverse views
are welcome. If you are interested in serving
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individuals of all ages, occupations, and opinions to participate in the
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