Northern Illinois University

NIU Office of Public Affairs

News Release

Contact: Tom Parisi, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-3635

October 29, 2007

IEPA director will visit campus to speak
on state initiatives to reduce greenhouse gases

DeKalb, Ill. — Doug Scott, director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and former mayor of Rockford, will visit Northern Illinois University on Wednesday, Nov. 7, to discuss how the state is working to reduce greenhouse gases.

Scott’s presentation, titled “Illinois Initiatives to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Our Impact on Global Warming,” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Montgomery Hall Auditorium. The event is open to the public.

Sponsored by the Department of Geography, the presentation is a continuation of last spring’s public symposiums on global climate change. The symposiums featured leading NIU researchers who shared their expertise on climate change in a series of seven well-attended public presentations.

“Last spring’s symposiums were very well received by the public, and as we said during those events, we plan to continue our discussions with a series of speakers this academic year,” said Andrew Krmenec, chair of the Department of Geography.

“There are many dimensions to climate change, including its impact on culture, religion, economics, business, technology, government and, of course, the environment,” he added. “Doug Scott is a statewide authority and will enlighten us on what initiatives are underway in our own back yard.”

Scott served as a state representative for the 67th District from 1995 to 2001, followed by a four-year term as mayor of Rockford. Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed him director of the IEPA, effective July 1, 2005.

Last year the governor announced a new global warming initiative to build on Illinois’ role as a national leader in protecting the environment and public health. The announcement marked the beginning of a long-term strategy by the state to combat global climate change. The strategy builds on the steps the state has already taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as enhancing the use of biofuels and wind power.

Scott chairs the Illinois Climate Change Advisory Group, which is considering a full range of policies and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and will make recommendations to the governor. The Advisory Group has broad representation that includes leaders in science, business, labor unions, environmental groups and the energy and agricultural industries.

More information on the advisory panel is available online at

Later this semester, Rebecca Stanfield, state director of Environment Illinois, a citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, will visit campus. Stanfield recently co-authored a report titled, “A Blueprint for Action; Policy Options to Reduce Illinois’ Contribution to Global Warming.” She will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the Montgomery Hall Auditorium.