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Youth offer recommendations for sustaining Great Lakes

by Cheryl Roland

July 14, 2011 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO--Top high school students from across the state will gather at Western Michigan University Friday, July 15, to present their recommendations for sustaining the Great Lakes.

Students from the Detroit and Chicago areas will join their peers from schools around the southwest Michigan cities of Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Berrien Springs, to reveal their recommendations during a presentation at 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 15, in the Fetzer Center on WMU's main campus. Those planning to attend are asked to register in advance.

The presentation is part of the third consecutive regional Keystone Youth Policy Summit hosted by WMU in Kalamazoo. The summit brings together students from across Michigan to explore and help solve thorny public policy issues. After learning more about the issues, participating students hold mock policy debates and negotiate a set of related proposals that can be employed by schools, government agencies, nonprofit and trade organizations, businesses and communities.
This year's summit began July 11 and focuses on Michigan Great Lakes water resources. Friday's presentation on Policy Recommendations for a Sustainable Future in the Great Lakes will be facilitated by experts from the Keystone Center for Science and Public Policy, which sponsors the summit. The Keystone Center is a national nonprofit that seeks to solve society's most challenging environmental, energy and public health problems.
To register or arrange coverage, contact Elizabeth Roush, Youth Policy Summit program manager, at or (303) 888-2800. Direct questions about WMU's involvement with the summit to Susan F. Grammer, coordinator of the University's CoreKids K-12 Earth Science Outreach Program, at or (269) 387-8642.