International Joint Commission Sustainable Cities, Healthy Watersheds

Biennial Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, June 6, 2007 - Great Lakes Biennial Meeting
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Opening Reception on the Terrace and Great Lakes Video Awards

Welcome from IJC and Sylvia Manning, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Keynote Address - Webcast

Welcome and Keynote Speaker (Mr. Stewart Brand)

Thursday, June 7, 2007 - Great Lakes Biennial Meeting
9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Measuring and Assessing Progress

Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada will present an overview of achievements and challenges in measuring and assessing environmental trends and progress in the Great Lakes basin. The audience will be invited to participate in a facilitated discussion of how the process of measuring and assessing progress can be improved in the future and how experience to date could be used to inform the development of a new Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Review of Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

Representatives of the Canada-United States Agreement Review Committee will provide a presentation on a draft binational report reviewing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. An opportunity for questions and discussion will be facilitated by the IJC. At the opening of the discussion, the Great Lakes Alliance and Council of Great Lakes Industries will present findings from their reports on the comprehensive review of the Agreement that is currently underway.

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

2007 Biennial Award for Great Lakes Science - Webcast

The IJC’s 2007 Biennial Award for Great Lakes Science will be presented to Dr. Gerald J. Niemi, director of the Center for Water and the Environment at the University of Minnesota-Duluth's Natural Resources Institute. Dr. Niemi will deliver a talk entitled "Are the Great Lakes Coastal Zones in Trouble?" This Award was established in 2002 to recognize the importance of science and engineering in the management of the Great Lakes and to honor an outstanding scientist whose research has contributed to the environmental quality and the health of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.

2:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Municipalities Matter Stakeholder Forum

Great Lakes cities are uniquely positioned to take a lead role in making sustainability and healthy watersheds a central feature of urban policy. Cities make planning and development decisions, supply water to citizens, own beachfront parks, run water treatment plants and even own and operate power plants. This session will provide a forum for discussing successful municipal and regional water quality initiatives, sharing best practices and proposing how all layers of government can encourage and support such efforts. Mayors from across the basin will lead the forum with presentations on sustainability initiatives in their communities that could become role models for other cities. Representatives from government and the nonprofit community will provide their views on the role of cities and on what steps should be taken to help more cities become leaders in the sustainability movement. All presenters will then participate in a panel discussion.

6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Great Lakes Town Hall - Webcast

All meeting participants and members of the public at large are invited to provide comments to the IJC Commissioners on issues related to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The session will be moderated by Commissioner Jack Blaney, the former president of Simon Fraser University, and can be viewed by residents of the Great Lakes basin and beyond via live webcast.