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    Jennifer Walling, “Environmental Policy and Advocacy”

    March 17, 2017
    5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
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    Benedictine University - Goodwin Hall of Business
    5700 College Rd
    Lisle, IL, IL 60532


    Jen Walling

    Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Council, Springfield, IL

    "Environmental Policy and Advocacy"


    Recent environmental policy passed by the state legislature and currently under consideration will be reviewed. The presentation will include best practices to communicate environmental messages and information to legislators. The lecture will give brief overview of how the state legislature works and how environmental policy decisions are made.


    • 5:30 - 6:30  Registration, Poster Session, & Networking
    • 6:30 - 7:30  Dinner 
    • 7:30 - 7:40  Introductory remarks by Fran Kravitz, Chicago Section Chair
    • 7:40 - 8:40  Lecture by Lecture by Jen Walling, Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Council
    • 9:00 +         Young Chemists Committee after-party at Wheatstack, 5900 S. Rt. 53, Lisle, IL
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    • MAIN SITE (With live speaker): Benedictine University
    • STREAMING LOCATION #1: Loyola University
    • STREAMING LOCATION #2: Oakton Community College


    MENU (Depends on location): 

    MAIN SITE   Benedictine University   Italian-style buffet
    REMOTE SITE #1   Loyola University   Cafeteria-style at DeNobili Dining Hall
    REMOTE SITE #2   Oakton Community College


    Panera box lunches:

    Turkey option   Vegetarian option
    Oven roasted turkey raised without antibiotics, lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, pure mayo, spicy mustard, salt and pepper on whole grain bread. Served with potato chips, pickle, a cookie and beverage.   Mediterranean veggie sandwich with zesty sweet Peppadew piquant peppers, feta cheese, cucumbers, lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions and cilantro-jalapeno hummus with salt and pepper on thin sliced tomato basil bread. Served with potato chips, pickle, a cookie and beverage.

    DINNER COST: $15 for members, $17 for non-members

    RESERVATIONS (Required):

    Registration with Dinner Deadline: 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, March 14 (Pi-day!)
    Registration for Lecture Only: 12:00 noon on Thursday,  March 16

    PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS.  The Section must pay for all dinner orders.  No-shows will be billed.   Please contact the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091) or email ( if you have any questions.


    Undergraduates and graduate students are invited to present posters about their work during the social hour. Please register at the link below. Questions? Email


    The Younger Chemists Committe will be gathering for a fun get-together after the regular meeting. Location:  Wheatstack (5900 S. Route 53, Lisle, IL), easily accessed by anyone attending the lecture at Benedictine. No RSVP necessary, but contact Joel (, 847-975-9835) for further questions.  More Information.


    Jen Walling started as executive director of IEC in January of 2011. In addition to managing the organization, Jen lobbies on behalf of IEC’s nearly 70 member organizations on a wide range of issue.  During her tenure, she has guided passage of legislation such as Illinois’ ban on microbeads in personal care products, funding for IDNR, recreation liability protection for landowners, numerous bills on recycling and composting, and many other statewide policies.

    Prior to her time as executive director, Jen worked as chief of staff to State Senator Heather Steans. She has also worked for the Environmental Law and Policy Center and SCARCE, an environmental education non-profit in Glen Ellyn, and interned for then Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn. Jen obtained her law degree and master’s degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Law School in 2006, after gaining her undergraduate degree in NRES at the University of Illinois.


    Benedictine map + directionsLIVE LECTURE:

    Benedictine University
    Goodwin Hall of Business (Rm 411, 4th Flr)
    5700 College Rd.
    Lisle, IL 60532

    Map & Directions:

    PARKING: Free in the parking garage (Building 7) immediately next door.



    Loyola University
    Flanner Hall (Chem Dept.), Rm 105
    1068 W. Sheridan Rd.
    Chicago, IL  60660

    Map and directions:

    PARKING: $7 in the nearby parking deck


    Oakton Community College, Des Plaines Campus
    Lee Center - Room 200
    1600 E. Golf Rd.
    Des Plaines, IL 60016

    Map and directions:

    PARKING: Free in lot next to the building


    $15.00 MAIN SITE (Benedictine) - Member w/ buffet dinner

    $17.00 MAIN SITE (Benedictine) - Non-member w/ buffet dinner

    $0.00 MAIN SITE (Benedictine) - Lecture-only

    $15.00 REMOTE SITE #1 (Loyola) - Member w/ cafeteria dinner

    $17.00 REMOTE SITE #1 (Loyola) - Non-member w/ cafeteria dinner

    $0.00 REMOTE SITE #1 (Loyola) - Lecture-only

    $15.00 REMOTE SITE #2 (Oakton CC) - Member w/ Panera dinner

    $17.00 REMOTE SITE #2 (Oakton CC) - Non-member w/ Panera dinner

    $0.00 REMOTE SITE #2 (Oakton CC) - Lecture-only

    $0.00 Company Sponsorship

    $0.00 Donation to Project SEED

    $15.00 T-shirt: CHICAgO Elements

    $10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - blue


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