Morgantown hosts Environmental Summit

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The WVU Natural Resource Center will host an Environmental Summit this weekend. Organizers plan to explore new ways to broaden the voice of environmentalism statewide and hear from experts in the field.

Linda Frame with the West Virginia Environmental Council said the keynote speaker will be Mary Anne Hitt, Senior Director with Climate Imperative.

“We are hoping to talk about the future of the environmental movement in our state, how to broaden our voice and how to get more people interested in the issues we are facing everyday” Frame said.

Executive Director of Our Future West Virginia, Kathy Ferguson will offer comments during the “Saving the Planet Starts Here” segment from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

“We know there are issues like global warming and climate change that will cause communities of color around the globe to become the first environmental refugees,” Ferguson said.

Maura Ross, Wood Energy Coordinator/Maryland Clean Energy Center said an organized hike at Coppers Rock is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s National Public Lands Day(Saturday), it just happened to fall on our weekend,” Ross said. “The folks from West Virginians for Public Lands are sponsoring a hike up at Coppers Rock after our program wraps up.”