WEALTH Day Connects Kansans With Legislators, Advocacy Organizations

1 year ago | Mar 08, 2018
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March 15 Event at the Capitol Focuses
on Water, Energy, Air, Land, Transportation, and Health Issues
HUTCHINSON, KS - Hundreds of Kansans from communities and organizations across the state will gather Thursday, March 15, at the Kansas Capitol for Kansas WEALTH Day of Advocacy and Education, a collaborative event on environmental issues.

The event will include informative sessions on the WEALTH topics—Water, Energy, Air, Land, Transportation, and Health—and opportunities to meet with Kansas legislators and visit booths in the "Solutions Showcase.”

"WEALTH Day is a great opportunity for Kansans to connect with organizations and people from all over the state, and talk with legislators about water, energy, air, land, transportation, and health issues,” said Dorothy Barnett, Executive Director of the Climate + Energy Project. "By bringing together these organizations and interested Kansans, we hope to spark some good discussions that will shape a bright future for our state.”

The WEALTH Day schedule features:

  • 8 a.m.-8:45 a.m.: Climate Vigil (Visitor Center Auditorium)

  • 9 a.m.-10 a.m.: Welcome and Policy Briefing (Visitor Center Auditorium)

  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Solutions Showcase and legislative visits (1st Floor Rotunda)

  • 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: WEALTH Dialogs (30-minute sessions, 1st Floor South Wing)

  • 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch with Legislators (1st Floor North Wing)

  • 2 p.m.: Cookies and Conservation Conversation and Scavenger Hunt Drawing (1st Floor Rotunda)

  • 3 p.m.: Adjourn

During the 30-minute WEALTH Dialogs, Kansas legislators and representatives of advocacy organizations will provide updates on legislation being considered this session on Water, Energy, Air, Land, Transportation, and Health issues.

In preparation for WEALTH Day, the Climate + Energy Project is hosting weekly interviews live on Facebook with leading Kansas advocacy organizations on WEALTH policy, civic engagement, and YOU! and will provide policy summaries from those interviews at WEALTH Day.

WEALTH Day is sponsored by Kansas organizations, including: Climate + Energy Project, Kansas Rural Center, Friends of the Kaw, Grassland Heritage Foundation, Kansas Interfaith Action, Kansas City, Kansas, NAACP Branch, Kansas Natural Resource Council, Kansas Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, Good Energy Solutions, Flint Hills Renewable Energy & Efficiency Cooperative, The Merc Co+op, Westar Energy, Cromwell Solar, King Solar, National Nurses United, JCCC Sustainable Agriculture Program, Kansas Alliance for Wetlands & Streams, Kansas Farmers Union, Kansas Land Trust, League of Women Voters of Kansas, Shawnee County Democrats, Lawrence Ecology Teams United in Sustainability and Water Advocacy Team, Monarch Watch, True Blue Women, Metropolitan Energy Center, Lutherans Restoring Creation, Kansas Appleseed, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Sustainable Sanctuary Coalition, Kansas Association of Community Action Programs, and individual donors Ellie Skokan and Olga Khakova, with more sponsors added every day. RSVP by March 12 to reserve a free, local foods lunch.

Funding for WEALTH Day comes in part from the Kansas Health Foundation, which is a philanthropy dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans. For more information about the Kansas Health Foundation, visit www.kansashealth.org.

The Climate + Energy Project seeks to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in America’s Heartland through the ambitious deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy, in policy and practice. Connect with the Climate + Energy Project on Facebook and Twitter.