Policy, Politics, and Protecting the Environment

How do state and national policies & politics shape and affect local on-the-ground work conserving and restoring native ecosystems? Simple: bad political landscapes lead to bad policies, which in turn jeopardize our natural resources. The challenge is stopping those bad ideas from ever becoming law in the first place. Charlotte will overview how the team at Michigan League of Conservation Voters educates lawmakers, business leaders and community leaders about the bills that seek to harm our land, air, and water...and what it takes to change their minds. A number of specific case studies based on legislation that has recently moved through the state legislature (or has been stopped by Michigan LCV and its allies) will be discussed. Charlotte will also offer alerts about upcoming issues at the state or federal level and how folks can make their voices heard.

Subject Matter Level: 
Beginner
Format: 
Presentation
Room: 
104AB
Time: 
Friday, January 15, 2016 - 3:55pm to 4:55pm
Charlotte Jameson
Michigan League of Conservation Voters
Charlotte is the Policy Manager for Michigan League of Conservation Voters (LCV). Charlotte came to Michigan LCV with a background in electoral politics and environmental advocacy. She received her Masters degree in the field of environmental policy and politics from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and the Environment. She completed her undergraduate education in political science in the Windy City at the University of Chicago. Previous to joining the Michigan LCV team, Charlotte gained campaign and policy experience from previous roles with Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Obama for America, and Legacy Land Conservancy, and the Michigan Senate Democratic Caucus. When Charlotte isn’t working, you can generally find her out running or enjoying a Michigan craft beer. She lives in Ann Arbor with her adorable pit bull-boxer Apollo. Favorite Place in Michigan: Trail running in Pinckney State Park