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GVSU Climate Change Conference



Wednesday, October 10, 2018
8:30 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. EDT


L. William Seidman Center @ Grand Valley State University
50 Front Ave SW
Charles W. Loosemore Forum - SCB-1008
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
United States


Robbi Osipoff

Preserving Ourselves: Local and International Perspectives on Climate Change Threats and Solutions

This is a morning of discussion and debate regarding the urgent issue of how climate change is altering the course of life as we know it.  Hear from local businesses with global interests, from state and local government, as well as from two Dutch scholars who bring perspectives we may wish to consider as we prepare for and attempt to mitigate the unique threats and challenges of climate change.


Mandy de Wilde, Ph.D. - Researcher & Author, the Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands



Norman J. Saari -Commissioner, Michigan Public Service Commission

Jeff Myrom - Director, Renewable Energy & Electric Vehicle Customer Products, Clean Energy Products, Consumers Energy

Margrethe K. Kearney, J.D. - Senior Staff Attorney, Environmental Law & Policy Center, Grand Rapids, MI

Erik Petrovskis - Director of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability at Meijer, Inc.

Mary Ellen Mika - Director of Global Compliance and Sustainability at Steelcase

Steve Ramus - Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Perrigo

Joshua Lunger - Director of Government Affairs at Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

Cameron Kritikos - Mobilizing & Advocacy Fellow, Climate Witness Project

Jan O’Connell - Development Director and Energy Issues Organizer, Michigan Chapter, Sierra Club

Thomas Franssen, Ph.D. - Researcher, Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Faculty of Social Sciences, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Alison Sutter - Sustainability Manager for the City of Grand Rapids

Gillian Giem - Program Manager, U.S. Green Building Council - West Michigan Chapter



John A. Kinch, Ph.D. - Executive Director, Michigan Energy Options

Kelly Parker, Ph.D. - Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Environmental Studies Program

Michael DeWilde, MTS - Professor of Management, Director of the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative, Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University


Please plan to join us for this event. Please RSVP below.  The discussions and lunch are free but seating is limited to 80 persons and please RSVP to Robbi Osipoff at [email protected] to reserve your seat – admission will require a reservation.

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