Dear Great Lakes Neighbor,
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 thoughts!
This week, the Town Hall is pleased to welcome David Ullirch,
the Executive Director of the Chicago-based Great Lakes and St.
Lawrence Cities Initiative organization. Come visit the Great Lakes
Town Hall to read and respond to David Ullrich's stories and
perspectives about the Great Lakes every day this week - only in the Great Lakes Town Hall!
Guest Writer this week-- David Ullrich
is the Executive Director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities
Initiative. His responsibilities include working with U.S. and
Canadian mayors from across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin to
advance the restoration and protection of the resource. The Initiative
shares best practices among the cities, towns, and counties so that all
have the benefits of the successful efforts of each other. The
Initiative also works on restoration legislation, planning, and
Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Ullrich served for thirty
years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes
regional office in Chicago, working on environmental issues in the six
states of the upper Midwest. He worked in many capacities over the
years, including Acting Regional Administrator, Deputy Regional
Administrator, Waste Management Division Director, Deputy Regional
Counsel, Air Enforcement Chief, and Water Enforcement Attorney. For
six years, he was the U.S. Chair of the Water Quality Board for the
International Joint Commission, and was a founding member and chair of
the Midwest Natural Resources Group. He continues to serve on the
Water Quality Board, and in 2006 was appointed by the President to the
Great Lakes Fishery Commission. In 1986, he completed a six month
executive exchange assignment with the German Interior Ministry. U.S.
EPA recognized Mr. Ullrich for a number of his accomplishments during
his public service career.
Mr. Ullrich graduated from Dartmouth College in 1970 with a degree in
English and received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin
Law School in 1973, with an emphasis in environmental law. He is a
runner and outdoor sportsman. He is married to Polly Ullrich, an art
critic, curator, and ceramic artist, and their son Eric, who was born
in 1990, is active in a variety of competitive and recreational sports.
Featured Issue this week - Building a Library
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 seeks help in building a library of Great Lakes organizations, big or small, east to west and north to south of the basin. How great would it be to create one comprehensive place where
residents of the basin can look up an organization based on topic or a
location, to either contact for help or to offer our services?
Read Brenna's Featured Issue, and put in your two cents!
Don't miss this great opportunity to read and
comment on our featured issue - Building a Library - and the stories and perspectives of David Ullrich in
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
as a guest speaker, please reply to this
email. We encourage individuals of all
ages, occupations, and opinions to
participate in the conversation.
Your Great Lakes Neighbor,
Great Lakes Town Hall Manager
Biodiversity Project's Great Lakes Town Hall
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