Press Release: WEALTH Day Connects Kansans with Legislators, Advocacy Organizations

5 months ago | Mar 13, 2019
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For immediate release: March 13, 2019

 

Press Release: WEALTH Day Connects Kansans with Legislators, Advocacy Organizations



Contact: Dorothy Barnett: barnett@climateandenergy.org; 785-424-0444.


WEALTH Day Connects Kansans with Legislators, Advocacy Organizations

A Day of Education and Advocacy on Water, Energy, Air, Land, Transport and Health - Kansas WEALTH

Kansas State Capitol: Topeka, Kansas

Tuesday March 12, from 8:15 AM - 3:00 PM


Kansas WEALTH Day of Education and Advocacy

The Climate + Energy Project (CEP), along with partnering community organizations and businesses from across the state, returned to the statehouse again this year to host a day of advocacy and education. On March 12, 2019, Kansas WEALTH Day convened organizations, advocates, and legislators to connect on Water, Energy, Air, Land, Transportation, and Health - Kansas WEALTH. The Climate + Energy Project has hosted a day of education and advocacy around climate issues for over a decade. This year WEALTH Day convened 250 Kansans, 60 legislators, and over 40 organizations.


Throughout the day attendees engaged with legislators, participated in dialogs on each of the WEALTH topics (Water, Energy, Air, Land, Transportation, and Health) presented by legislators and moderated by experts, enjoyed an address by Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers where he made it clear that acting on climate is a priority for him and should be for all Kansans. 100 people joined together for the Save Kansas Solar Rally.  Additionally, individuals had the opportunity to sample new ideas in the Solutions Showcase and meet with their legislators to discuss climate issues important to them either in scheduled meetings or over a local foods luncheon.


Dorothy Barnett, CEP Executive Director, said, "WEALTH Day is an event that brings people from a multitude of backgrounds together to discuss issues that are important for the future of Kansas. This is a great way to learn more about the great accomplishments of Kansas around climate issues and ways we can secure a brighter future.”


WEALTH Partners(*) and sponsors include: Climate + Energy Project*, Friends of the Kaw*, Kansas Rural Center*, Kansas City Kansas NAACP*, Metropolitan Energy Center*, Kansas Interfaith Action*, Grassland Heritage Foundation*, Kansas Natural Resources Council*, Audubon of Kansas, BuildSmart, Citizens' Climate Lobby, Clean Energy Business Council, Cromwell Solar, El Centro, Foley Power Solutions, Good Energy Solutions, Green Factor Insulation Inc., Heartland Renewable Energy Society, Hungry Heartland, JCCC Sustainable Agriculture, Kansas Action for Children, Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams, Kansas Appleseed, Kansas City, Kansas NAACP Branch, Kansas Farmers Union, Kansas Health Foundation, Kansas Permaculture Institute, Kansas Sierra Club, King Solar, Lawrence Ecology Teams United in Sustainability, League of Women Voters of Kansas, Lutherans Restoring Creation, Monarch Watch, National Nurses United, Oread Friends Meeting, Pittsburg State University, Project Rally, Prosoco, Shawnee County Democrats, SunSource Homes, The Merc Co+op, The Nature Conservancy, and Women for Kansas - Northeast Chapter.  


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,   Twitter and Instagram.

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