Environmental Advocacy Day

Event Date: 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 -
9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: 

Athletic Club of Columbus, 136 E. Broad Street

See here for a complete listing of Advocacy Day Resources and Training Materials

Strengthening Ohio's Green Voices

Are you the aspiring environmental activist looking to learn the ropes and gain valuable training and experience? Or the seasoned veteran looking for new and inventive ways to mobilize support for the issues you care about?

Environmental Advocacy Day 2015 has a little of something for everyone, is open to activists and professionals of all experience levels, and is sure to deliver the tools you need to make a difference.

Our state, country, and world are grappling with the most serious environmental issues of our time. We, like you and many others, want Ohio to be a leader in creating solutions. Environmental Advocacy Day will be a launching point for Ohio’s environmental community. We hope you will join us to lay your own brick on the foundation for a brighter, greener, and more prosperous Ohio.

Cost

Includes light breakfast, lunch, and materials.

  • $40 for OEC members
  • $45 for non-members (includes 1-year OEC membership)
  • $75 for "Champion"-level
  • $20 for students
  • FREE for OEC Legacy & President’s Club members

What to expect on Advocacy Day

Throughout Advocacy Day, there will be a number of breakout sessions focused on specific environmental issues as well as advocacy skills. There will also be designated time in the afternoon when you can meet with lawmakers, take a tour of the Statehouse, or attend a committee hearing.

View skill and issue training descriptions here. You can also access presentation materials and resources for each of the trainings on this page.

8:30am Doors open, Light Breakfast
9:30am Welcome, Overview, Intro, Speaker
10:45am Break
10:50am Breakout Session 1 - Issues
11:45am Lunch/ Networking
1:00pm Breakout Session 2 - Skills/Issues, optional citizen lobbying,
optional session, committee hearing attendance
2:00pm Breakout Session 3 - Skill/Issues, optional citizen lobbying,
self-guided tours, committee hearing attendance
2:50pm Break
3:00pm Activist Planning
4:00pm Closing Remarks
4:30 Happy Hour

Tips for setting up meetings with lawmakers

This year, in an effort to empower our community, interested participants will schedule their own meetings with lawmakers. If you're unsure of how to do this, or it's your first time scheduling a meeting, please review some of the resources available in the OEC's Advocacy Toolkit. There you'll discover what to expect when meeting with lawmakers, how to call your lawmaker's office, and a variety of other useful guides.

Citizen meetings with lawmakers are an OPTIONAL component of the agenda this year. There will be plenty of other trainings and activities available throughout the day for those who do not wish to set up individual meetings with lawmakers. 

Sponsors

By sponsoring Environmental Advocacy Day, your organization or company will be positioned in front of more than 100 of Ohio’s most engaged environmental advocates and influential decision-makers in the business and political communities. Our sponsorship packages are designed to maximize your exposure through print, online, and at-event communications. You’ll also receive a choice between complimentary tickets to either Environmental Advocacy Day or the annual Green Gala, an event attended by over 400 people from Ohio’s dedicated environmental-conservationist community.

An overview of sponsorship benefits can be found by clicking the orange button below.

For more information or to purchase a sponsorship package, call (614) 487-7506 or email us at OEC@theOEC.org.