Great Lakes Now Connect: Investing in Nature

Investing in Nature

In the Great Lakes region, we depend on forests for wood, lakes for drinking water and recreation and in the cities along the Great Lakes, we expect clean water from our tap and effective sewage and storm water control.  But what are we doing to make sure these resources will continue to supply our needs well into the future?

This two-hour broadcast will explore how the natural resources of the Great Lakes basin sustain our way of life.  The program will explore how businesses and municipalities are investing in nature – not only to preserve these lifestyle benefits – but to improve their business bottom line and competitive marketplace advantage.

Tune in August 13th at 10 am on Detroit Public TV Channel 56.2 or watch it here online.

Panel 1: Ecosystem services: Nature’s benefits to people, economies and quality of life, Moderated by Katie Kahl

  • Jon Fosgitt, Forest Management Specialist, Compass Land Consultants
  • Steve Polasky, Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological & Environmental Economics, University of Minnesota
  • Heather Stirratt, Great Lakes Regional Coordinator for NOAA’s National Ocean Service at NOAA Coastal Services Center (MN).
  • Amanda Weinstein, Economics Department, University of Akron

Panel 2: How should we invest to protect our future? Public and private examples of natural investments, Moderated by Patrick Doran

  • Jon Allan, Director, Office of the Great Lakes
  • Skiles Boyd, Vice President, Environmental Affairs DTE Energy; Board of Council of Great Lakes Industries
  • Kent Gilges, Managing Director, Conservation Forestry
  • Kevin Shafer, Executive Director, Milwaukee WI Metropolitan Sewerage District

If you want to contribute to this discussion you are welcome to attend our LIVE broadcast! Please RVSP today to Heather Forgione at (248) 305-3707 or at hforgione@dptv.org.  You can also submit your questions about Investing in Nature today!  @greatlakesnow #investinnature.

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