Community Engagement and Listening Session: The Role of Government in Protecting Human Health and the Environment - Traverse City
December 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (FREE), Ryerson Auditorium—Grand Rapids Public Library
The last half century has witnessed sweeping changes in the public perception of government and its role in advancing the public interest and improving public welfare. Surveys today show public trust in government is in sharp decline and criticism of government has become a bipartisan social norm. To many, “government regulation” connotes undue interference with markets, competition, and the economy, yet, at the same time, surveys show overwhelming bipartisan support for the protection of air, water, public lands, and natural resources – an essential function of government.
To explain these contradictory outlooks, FLOW is hosting a free community engagement session to reset the public narrative on environmental policy. This interactive presentation will trace the history of environmental regulation, and illustrate how environmental policies protect individuals, families, and communities while fostering innovation and economic gains.
Speakers will include:
● Dr. Alan Steinman, Director of Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute
● George Heartwell, former Mayor of Grand Rapids
● Skip Pruss, former director, Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth
● Liz Kirkwood, FLOW executive director
● Dave Dempsey, FLOW senior policy advisor
Light refreshments will be provided.