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Ohio State President Gee, National Wildlife Federation Head to Kick Off New Environmental 'Breakfast Club' Series

August 13, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two presidents will help kick off the inaugural “2nd Tuesdays Breakfast Club” of the Environmental Professionals Network on Sept. 11 in Columbus.

Following opening remarks by Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee, Larry Schweiger, who is the president and CEO of the 4-million-member National Wildlife Federation, will present “Needed More than Ever: Environmental Professionals Confronting Profound Changes.”

The program, which is open to the public, takes place from 7:20-9:40 a.m. at Ohio State’s LEED-certified Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive.

Registration is $15 per person if paid by credit card on the network’s website,, by 2 p.m. on Sept. 7 (this requires registering for free as a participant in the network); or $10 per person (nonrefundable) if paid by a check that is received by Sept. 6.

Checks should be made payable to “Ohio State University” and mailed along with the attendee’s name, affiliation, email address and telephone number to David Hanselmann, 469 Kottman Hall, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Ohio State University, 2021 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210.

Free parking for the program is available at the 4-H Center and nearby in the Bill Davis Stadium Lot.

The “Breakfast Club” programs are slated for the second Tuesday of every month. Each one will feature a full buffet breakfast, guest speaker, and networking and discussion time.

The new Environmental Professionals Network launched on Aug. 7 and is for Ohioans who work in the natural environment, both in the public and private sectors, and as employees, faculty, students, volunteers and otherwise.

Participation in the network, whose website includes a discussion board and other community-building services, is free.

“Many environmental professionals work hard and are successful in their own special areas, such as stormwater management,” said David Hanselmann, who is a faculty member in Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources and network coordinator. “But most issues today need multidisciplinary solutions. 

“The network will make it easy to communicate among the wide range of specialists. By strengthening the community of environmental and natural resources professionals, we expect more innovative and cost-effective solutions to be developed,” Hanselmann said. 

The network is a service of the school, which is part of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

For more information, contact Hanselmann at or 614-247-1908.

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