AGU 2022 Fall Meeting - Shaping Local Policy: Engaging Where it Counts

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Science has long had a role in informing the development of new policies and regulations, as well as the implementation or enforcement of existing ones. However, focus is too often given to informing federal policy, leaving science underrepresented in local policy decisions affecting communities. In this American Geophysical Union (AGU)-ESAL session at the 2022 Fall Meeting, hear from and engage with a panel of scientists and community leaders who will discuss their experiences working to address community challenges through policy solutions that include science and provide lessons learned from different pathways for scientists to make a difference in their own community. All levels of interest and experience are invited.

Location: Room E256, Level 2, Lakeside Center - McCormick Place Convention Center, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60616


Michael Villafranca

Senior Specialist, Science Policy and Government Relations
American Geophysical Union

Amaris Alanis-Ribeiro

Center Director, North Park Village Nature Center
Chicago Park District

Kimberly Marion Suiseeya, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science & Environmental Policy and Culture Program
Northwestern University

Kumar Jensen

Former Chief Sustainability & Resilience Officer
City of Evanston, Illinois

Grace Wickerson

Workshops Team
Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally


Conference Day 3:  December 14, 2022 , 2:00 - 3:30 PM CT
Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally (ESAL) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to increasing local government and community engagement by people with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Subscribe to our newsletter for notifications of future events.
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