Dec. 5 event: ‘Acting on shared interests’

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided,” wrote J.K. Rowling in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Next week, the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) will explore a similar theme. With food. Discussion. But probably no flaming stemware.

EPN’s next monthly breakfast program, “Beyond Boundaries, Rural, Urban, Political: Acting on Shared Interests Can Promote Prosperity and Sustainability,” is from 7:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. Dec. 5 in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Registration is $10, is open to both EPN members and the public, and is free for Ohio State students. Breakfast is included.

The program will feature a panel discussion by:

  • William Murdock, executive director of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission;
  • Jeff Sharp, director of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR);
  • Debbie Lieberman, Montgomery County commissioner; and
  • Steve Stolte, Union County commissioner and former county engineer.

Suzanne Dulaney, executive director of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio, will moderate the discussion.

In an email announcing the event, EPN Director Joe Campbell said, “We hope you can take away from this program some positive examples of projects and partnerships that promote shared values and recognize the many levels of interdependence across rural and urban areas — valuable lessons that could foster cooperation in our own communities.”

Also during the event, students majoring in CFAES’s Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability program will present their fall semester course project work.

Get further details and a link to register.

EPN is a statewide professional group coordinated by SENR.

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