Gord Downie to kick off the 2013 Conference on the Environment
BY: Metro Source Staff | September 25, 2013
ERIE COUNTY - The 2013 Conference on the Environment is slated to kick off in Buffalo on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel when Gord Downie – front man for the band The Tragically Hip – performs a remarkable evening of song and conversation on the environment.
Tickets are available to the public for $25 and can be purchased through the 2013 Conference on the Environment website, coe2013.org. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.
Although Downie is best known for his music, over the years he has become a strong advocate for protecting the Great Lakes and for people’s water rights.
As a member of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, much of Downie’s environmental activism has been focused on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario. However, the health of the Great Lakes has no political boundaries, nor does our right to protect the largest source of fresh water on the planet.
Without question, the music of Downie will be the highlight of the 2013 Conference on the Environment. Downie’s passion for the environment, translated into eclectic performance, will inspire the audience to examine our actions from a more ecologic perspective as he explores what he considers “one of the great loves of our lives” – the environment.
Doors for this exciting event open at 6 p.m. when the Western New York Environmental Alliance will showcase the work of environmental organizations from across the region. Downie will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.
An Evening with Gord Downie is sponsored by the New York State Association of Conservation Commissions (NYSACC), New York State Association of Environmental Management Councils (NYSAEMC), the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning and the Niagara Region Integrated Community Planning Department; and was made possible through the generous contributions of Ecology and Environment, Inc., The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, National Grid and Wendel.
The 2013 Conference on the Environment is a program of NYSACC and NYSAEMC and has been brought to Buffalo thanks to a partnership with the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning and the Niagara Region Integrated Community Planning Department.
The conference will take place Oct. 3 to 5 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo and is dedicated to helping the public and those in the environmental and allied fields respond to environmental opportunities and challenges relevant to communities across the United States and Canada.
Registration is just $95 and includes all conference sessions, select meals and a ticket to An Evening with Gord Downie.
For full conference details, visit our website at coe2013.org.