Law School to host federal-state conversation on environmental issues, June 15

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Preston Cole, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Debra Shore, Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will be featured guests in a discussion titled “A Federal-State Conversation on Environmental Issues” , moderated by David Strifling, director of the Water Law and Policy Initiative at Marquette University, on Wednesday, June 15 at 12:15 p.m. at the Lubar Center at Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan Ave.

The event is open to members of the general public with registration available online.

The conversation will explore priority issues in environmental policy. It will cover PFAS regulation and management, climate change and the Great Lakes, water infrastructure needs and budgeting, federal and state environmental justice efforts, the EPA-DNR working relationship, and more.

Cole was appointed by Governor Tony Evers in 2019 and leads statewide programs for environmental protection, natural resource management, outdoor recreation and law enforcement in emphasizing diversity and service excellence. He is a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change, helping develop multi-faceted recommendations that combat the adverse effects of climate change in Wisconsin.

Shore’s responsibilities include overseeing environmental protection efforts in EPA Region 5 – the Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and of Wisconsin, as well as 35 federally recognized tribal nations. One of her roles is as Manager of the EPA’s National Great Lakes Program, in which she leads the restoration and protection of the world’s largest freshwater system.

Through public programs such as the Marquette Law School Poll, “Issues” conversations with journalists, public lectures by leading scholars, lectures on issues of public importance, and the work of its Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education, Marquette Law School seeks to advance civil discourse on issues of law and public policy.

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