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UPD Climate Change Event Planning - Aug 2022

Posted by Alec McKay on December 14, 2021

Hello, friends!

I am planning a large climate-change-focused community event for August 22-29, 2022, to take place at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. We are seeking community partners to get involved in planning (especially partners who reflect the wide diversity of our community). I am reaching out here just as a feeler to start…

·Would you or someone from your workplace like to be invited to a planning meeting in the coming month?

·Is there anyone you recommend I reach out to?

·Do any of you know who used to plan the Green Fair-type events that were at Research Park several years ago?


Thanks in advance for any suggestions you might have for me!


A very rough draft of a schedule and activities is included below, so you can get an idea about what we’re thinking. This is all subject to change, of course!


Sat, Aug 20

Candlelight Symphony Boat Event (Janet)

Climate Fresk workshop(s) for youth and/or adults (Savannah) (David?)

Mon, Aug 22

Talk: Climate Change in Champaign County (Savannah; Climate Reality)


Tues, Aug 23

Talk: IL State Climatologist Trent Ford (or Jim Angel?)


Wed, Aug 24

Program: sustainable cooking / food


Th, Aug 25

Talk: IL Clinicians for Climate Action


Fri, Aug 26

Movie Screening (w/ free food?)

C4 Green Drinks

·Involve Riggs / “uncorked” / craft beer

Sat, Aug 27

Main Event:

·Green Vehicles “Touch a Truck”

·Live Music

·Tree planting / care (Ryan Pankau?)

·Community Bike Rodeo / other biking component (Open Road @ CLP)

·Public Input opportunities

·Create community art piece (something to leave behind after the event)

·End with nighttime luminaire “reflection” event on the lake


Sun, Aug 28

Rain Date: Main Event



To add to draft schedule??:

  • “Run for the Sun” fun run?
  • KRT bike ride?
  • Recycling component/collection
  • Community art display
  • TickTock contest?



Thanks again, and Happy Holidays!



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