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Science Matters Brown Bag Forum: Renew the Blue

September 18, 2019,12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Co-sponsored by the Linda Hall Library and Kansas City Public Library. 

The program will be held in the Helzberg Auditorium of the
Kansas City Public Library – Central Library, 14th W 10th Street.

Register for Free E-tickets


About the Science Matters Brown Bag Forums

Science Matters Brown Bag Forums are monthly lunch-and-learn programs co-sponsored by the Linda Hall Library and the Kansas City Public Library. The events will be held in the Helzberg Auditorium in the Central Library. The forums will focus on science-related topics that impact Kansas Citians. Bring your lunch and join the conversation!

The September 18 program

The Blue River flows 40 miles from its headwaters in relatively undeveloped Southern Johnson County, Kansas, through the urban core of Kansas City, Missouri, before it outlets into the Missouri River. Along the way, the Blue River and its tributaries pass through 20 cities and hundreds of neighborhoods. The river has areas of immense natural beauty and is highly valuable for the habitat, ecosystem services, and recreational opportunities that it provides, but the river is largely unknown to the people who live within its watershed. However, several organizations and hundreds of people have come together to bring awareness to the Blue River and are working to restore and protect the river. This program will focus on some of the many projects that are underway to benefit Kansas City’s river and its people.

The speakers

Adison Banks, Land Trust Coordinator at the Heartland Conservation Alliance, was born and raised in the Kansas City metro. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Kansas and a Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law. Adison is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Texas, and he has worked at the county and federal levels of government, in addition to working in private practice.

Adison has cultivated, and continues to cultivate, a passion for the environment, guided primarily by moral principles. He believes everyone has a responsibility to actively care for others and the environment, and by saving our environment we save ourselves. He has volunteered with the Sierra Club, Bridging the Gap, Mid-America Regional Council, KC Rescue Mission, and Impact KC, and has given presentations to the EPA, city councils, parks departments, and the public to help inform decisions to preserve the environment and protect human health and quality of life.

Scott Schulte, a board member of the Heartland Conservation Alliance (HCA), has 26 years of experience working to protect natural resources. He served HCA as Board President for six years, from its founding in January 2012 until March of 2018. Scott is the Senior Environmental Planner for Vireo (formerly Patti Banks Associates) since 2005 where he supports natural resource planning, design, and policy development projects. He has been a Lecturer at the University of Kansas since 2009, first in the Urban Planning Program and at the Edwards Campus since 2015, instructing undergraduates and graduate students in environmental planning and environmental impact assessment. Previously, he served as the Board Vice President and Treasurer of Blue River Watershed Association for two years. Scott has extensive experience in watershed management, natural resources planning and restoration, public policy, community engagement and training.

Admission tickets

The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required. Please note that the event will be held in the Helzberg Auditorium at the Kansas City Public Library – Central Library at 14th W 10th Street.

Upcoming Science Matters Brown Bag Forums


The Central Library parking garage is located directly west of the Central Library building on the northwest corner of 10th & Baltimore. Please note that the parking garage has a maximum eight-foot clearance.


September 18, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Linda Hall Library


Kansas City Public Library – Central Library
14 W 10th St.
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
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