The League of Women Voters – Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Area is hosting three respected climate change experts at a forum on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest. The public is invited to hear Tom Skilling, WGN-TV meteorologist, Douglas Sisterson, research meteorologist with Argonne National Laboratory, and Mary Gade, former regional administrator with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, share their insights into potential shifts in climate change policy. “Post Election Analysis: The Future of Climate Change Strategy in a New Administration” is the focus of the panel presentation.
Tom Skilling is the nationally renowned meteorologist at WGN-TV news, which he joined in 1978. He expanded his audience when he became the driving force behind the Chicago Tribune’s weather page in 1997. In addition to his media responsibilities, Skilling has played an active role in educating the public about climate change. For over 35 years, Skilling has hosted the Annual Fermilab Tornado and Severe Storms Seminar in Batavia. Thousands of people of all ages attend to hear leading experts discuss twisters, damaging thunderstorms, and lightening.
Skilling yearly speaks about weather and climate change at the United Nations sponsored World Environmental Day hosted by the Chicago Botanic Garden. He also has created many weather specials and award winning documentaries. Tom Skilling has received too many awards, honorary Doctorates, and Emmys to list.
Doug Sisterson is senior manager at Argonne National Laboratory for the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility. The Facility has the world’s most comprehensive observational capabilities for atmospheric data collection for climate change research. Sisterson has always been fascinated by severe weather, and has even chased tornados with the National Severe Storms Laboratory. He lectures frequently about weather and climate topics to various audiences from middle school students, to scientific forums, and TED talks. His educational efforts were recognized with the University of Chicago Pinnacle of Education Award in 2012. He has authored more than 100 research papers and published reports. He also co-authored the essential climate-change handbook How to Change Minds About Our Changing Climate, an easy-to-read and humorous book appealing to both non-experts and experts.
Mary Gade is an eminent environmental leader and lawyer in the Chicago area. From 1991 to 1999 she lead the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency under Governor Jim Edgar. President George W. Bush appointed her to U.S. E.P.A. as Regional Administrator for Region V at the federal E.P.A. office in Chicago. From 2006 to 2008, she oversaw federal environmental programs and worked with industrial polluters and environmental groups to broker solutions throughout the Great Lakes states. After her government service, Gade founded the Gade Environmental Group LLC, a business consulting firm which provides strategic advice on environmental and energy issues with special emphasis on regulatory problem solving, legislation, and rulemaking at the federal, state and local levels.
This educational forum promises to be fascinating and enlightening as the three experts describe how their fields complement each other’s work. Questions from the audience are encouraged. All ages are welcome.
Submitted by the League of Women Voters of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Area