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Jeremy Symons of National Wildlife Federation gives keynote speech at Kirkwood Friday, June 8, at 7 p.m.

posted May 6, 2012, 7:27 AM by Rob Hogg
"Growing Renewable Energy in a Time of Climate Change"
Jeremy Symons, Senior Vice President for Conservation and Education of the National Wildlife Federation, America’s largest conservation organization with more than four million members, will speak on Friday, June 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the Green Room in Cedar Hall at Kirkwood Community College to kick off the 20th Annual Renewable Energy Expo sponsored by I-Renew, the Iowa Renewable Energy Association.

Mr. Symons is responsible for directing National Wildlife Federation’s overall efforts to combat the greatest threats to wildlife by advancing effective solutions to global warming, restoring America’s wildlife conservation legacy in the face of new threats, and helping families across America rediscover the wonders of nature.

Mr. Symons serves as a spokesperson for National Wildlife Federation on wildlife, environmental, and energy issues, appearing regularly in the national news and testifying before Congress. The Hill newspaper has recognized Mr. Symons as a "top strategist" on environmental issues and selected him as a leading non-profit advocate for each of the past four years.

Mr. Symons formerly served as Executive Director of National Wildlife Federation's global warming campaign, and co-chair of the U.S. Climate Action Network. Prior to joining National Wildlife Federation in 2001, Mr. Symons served as Climate Policy Advisor at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Symons has also worked on environment and conservation issues in the United States Senate for Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. Mr. Symons holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a BA in Environmental Studies from Brown University.

The 20th Annual Renewable Energy Expo runs from Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10. This is the first time it has been held at Kirkwood Community College where it will highlight Kirkwood's new wind turbine and new renewable energy training programs.  It demonstrates the growing economic and environmental success associated with renewable energy.  For more details, visit