"Environmental Policy and Advocacy" - Jen Walling

Created by Josh Kurutz on Feb 24, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017 at Benedictine University, Goodwin Hall Rm 411

Starts at 7:30 PM · Ends on Mar 17, 2017 at 11:30 PM, EDT (America/New_York)

  • Josh Kurutz


Jen Walling

Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Council, Springfield, IL

"Environmental Policy and Advocacy"


Recent environmental policy passed by the state legislature and currently under consideration will be reviewed. The presentation will include best practices to communicate environmental messages and information to legislators. The lecture will give brief overview of how the state legislature works and how environmental policy decisions are made.


  • 5:30 - 6:30  Registration, Poster Session, & Networking
  • 6:30 - 7:30  Dinner
  • 7:30 - 7:40  Introductory remarks by Fran Kravitz, Chicago Section Chair
  • 7:40 - 8:40  Lecture by Lecture by Jen Walling, Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Council
  • 8:40+          Networking


  • MAIN SITE (With live speaker): Benedictine University
  • STREAMING LOCATION #1: Loyola University
  • STREAMING LOCATION #2: Oakton Community College


MENU (Depends on location):

MAIN SITE Benedictine University Italian-style buffet
REMOTE SITE #1Loyola UniversityCafeteria-style at DeNobili Dining Hall
REMOTE SITE #2Oakton Community College


Panera box lunches:

Turkey optionVegetarian option
Oven roasted turkey raised without antibiotics, lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, pure mayo, spicy mustard, salt and pepper on whole grain. Served with potato chips, pickle, a cookie and beverage.Zesty sweet Peppadew piquant peppers, feta cheese, cucumbers, lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions and cilantro-jalapeno hummus with salt and pepper on thin sliced Tomato Basil. Served with potato chips, pickle, a cookie and beverage.

DINNER COST: $15 for members, $17 for non-members


Registration with Dinner Deadline: 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, March 14 (Pi-day!)
Registration for Lecture Only: 12:00 noon on Thursday,  March 16

PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS.  The Section must pay for all dinner orders.  No-shows will be billed.   Please contact the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091) or email ( if you have any questions.

REGISTRATION: Chicago Section American Chemical Society - Meeting/Event Information


Undergraduates and graduate students are invited to present posters about their work during the social hour. Please register at the link below. Questions? Email


Jen Walling started as executive director of IEC in January of 2011. In addition to managing the organization, Jen lobbies on behalf of IEC’s nearly 70 member organizations on a wide range of issue.  During her tenure, she has guided passage of legislation such as Illinois’ ban on microbeads in personal care products, funding for IDNR, recreation liability protection for landowners, numerous bills on recycling and composting, and many other statewide policies.

Prior to her time as executive director, Jen worked as chief of staff to State Senator Heather Steans. She has also worked for the Environmental Law and Policy Center and SCARCE, an environmental education non-profit in Glen Ellyn, and interned for then Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn. Jen obtained her law degree and master’s degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Law School in 2006, after gaining her undergraduate degree in NRES at the University of Illinois.


Benedictine map + directionsLIVE LECTURE:

Benedictine University
Goodwin Hall of Business (Rm 411, 4th Flr)
5700 College Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532

Map & Directions: .pdf

PARKING: Free in the parking garage (Building 7) immediately next door.



Loyola University
Flanner Hall (Chem Dept.), Rm 105
6525 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL

Map and directions:

PARKING: $7 in the nearby parking deck


Oakton Community College, Des Plaines Campus
Lee Center - Room 200
1600 E. Golf Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Map and directions:

PARKING: Free in lot next to the building


$15.00 MAIN SITE (Benedictine) - Member w/ buffet dinner

$17.00 MAIN SITE (Benedictine) - Non-member w/ buffet dinner

$0.00 MAIN SITE (Benedictine) - Lecture-only

$15.00 REMOTE SITE #1 (Loyola) - Member w/ cafeteria dinner

$17.00 REMOTE SITE #1 (Loyola) - Non-member w/ cafeteria dinner

$0.00 REMOTE SITE #1 (Loyola) - Lecture-only

$15.00 REMOTE SITE #2 (Oakton CC) - Member w/ Panera dinner

$17.00 REMOTE SITE #2 (Oakton CC) - Non-member w/ Panera dinner

$0.00 REMOTE SITE #2 (Oakton CC) - Lecture-only

$0.00 Company Sponsorship

$0.00 Donation to Project SEED

$15.00 T-shirt: CHICAgO Elements

$10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - blue

Benedictine University, Goodwin Hall Rm 411

5700 College Rd. Lisle, IL 60532 United States