Friday Forum: A Half Century of Protecting and Restoring the Waters of the United States

Event details

  • September 22, 2017
  • 12:00 pm
  • 1001 S. Wright St. Champaign, IL 61820
  • 2173371500

Speaker: David Ullrich, The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

After the death of lakes and rivers catching on fire in the 1960s, the Clean Water Act helped launch an effort over the past half century to totally transform our relationship with the natural environment in this country.  Although there have been setbacks along the way and there is a need for constant vigilance, we can view these 50 years with great pride and satisfaction.  What will the next 50 look like in this ongoing battle to protect one of the most precious resources on the planet.

About the Speaker:

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 protection and restoration of the resource.

The Initiative leads many efforts to accelerate the work to become a more sustainable region by integrating the environmental, economic, and social activities to improve the quality of life and well being of its people.

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 was reappointed in 2014 as Chair of the Water Quality Board, serves as Chair of the Great Lakes Advisory Board, and in 2006 was appointed by the President to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission where he serves as U.S. Section Chair. 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 was married for 39 years to the late Polly Ullrich, an art critic, curator, teacher, and ceramic artist, and their son Eric is a 2012 graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a major in environmental science and sustainability.

About the Series: Building a Better Environmental Movement – Fall 2017

This fall, we are pleased to partner with the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations’ Diversity and Social Justice Education unit (DiversityEd) and the Student Sustainability Committee to host a series that explores the intersections of the environment and social justice. Our Fall 2017 Friday Forum series on environmental issues and solutions, ranging from climate change and policy to active transportation and agriculture, seeks to elevate sustainability issues on campus and in our communities and deepen our understanding of environmental justice.
 
This series was made possible thanks to the generous support of our partners: Diversity and Social Justice Education and the Student Sustainability Committee
 
Additional Fall 2017 Friday Forum Lecture Series support provided by:
 
Channing Murray Foundation, Chapel of Saint John the Divine Episcopal Church, Faith in Place, First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana, LGBT Resource Center, League of Women Voters Champaign County, McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation, Native American House, Social Action Committee of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, Wesley Foundation at the University of Illinois, Wesley United Methodist Church, U of I School of Social Work, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program, Funding provided BY THE STUDENT CULTURAL PROGRAMMING FEE