Past Programs


Forest Exploration Hike flyer

2018 Climate Change Forum: Taking Action to Build a Resilient Planet

May 19th, 2018 @ Stone Harbor Resort 9:00AM-2:15PM

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Presenting Sponsors

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Supporters of CCCDC

Crossroads at Big Creek

Ecology Sports

Going Garbage

Innovative Printing, LLC

Stone Harbor Resort

Synergy Heating and Cooling

Tree Planting Flyer (Public) 2018 (2)
DeLong flyer

Chili Dump Fundraiser UPDATED

Passive House Design

August 2nd @ 7PM @ Sevastopol Town Hall

August Program release

4th Annual Climate Change Forum

May 20th, 2017 @ Stone Harbor Resort

Addressing Climate Change: What’s Happening, Who’s Leading, What to Say

Please visit 4th Annual Forum for more information


Climate Change and Extreme Weather: What to Expect Here and Around the World

Dr. Steve Vavrus

Steve will describe recent climate changes globally and locally, in addition to what we can expect in the future.   He will focus on the relationship of climate change to increasing extreme weather events and the potential adverse consequences of such events on human health. For our region, “Warmer and wetter” is the shorthand forecast, with important changes in extreme weather events, lake ice cover, and lake-effect snowfall.  Many of these changes are happening now and thus serve as a preview of what’s to come, as well as a test bed for how society can adapt to a changing environment.

Steve Vavrus is a Senior Scientist in the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in meteorology from Purdue University and Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in meteorology and climatology from the University of Wisconsin.  Steve uses computer climate models to understand how climate is changing across the Earth, including the Great Lakes region.  Extreme weather events are an important theme of his research, particularly how they might be affected by climate change.  He is an active member of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) and was an invited speaker at last year’s United Nations Conference of the Parties Climate Change Summit in Morocco.

A Cleaner Environment …..Better Health…Lower Costs…Stronger Economy

Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, MD

Jeff will discuss why health care organizations have an obligation to aggressively address climate change in order to improve patient health, lower operating and care costs and support the local economy. He will explain how Gundersen Health System, over the last 9 years met its goal of being 100% powered by renewables from local sources . Under Jeff’s leadership, Gundersen has dropped its greenhouse gases by 90% and  become a national model of sustainability in health care and a business leader in the battle to mitigate climate change.

Jeff Thompson is a pediatric intensivist and neonatologist, executive advisor and chief executive officer emeritus at Gundersen Health System.  Since completing his professional training in 1984, he has worked full-time solely at Gundersen.  A founding member and past board chair of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality,  Jeff has led Gundersen’s nationally-recognized initiatives for patient care, quality improvement and sustainability. Jeff presented the stunning results of Gundersen’s climate change initiatives at the Paris climate talks, the World Health Organization in Bonn, Germany as well as at  Oxford, England  and Beijing, China.  He was honored by the White House as a 2013 Champion for Change for the Environment.

Gundersen Health System is a non-profit, comprehensive integrated healthcare network headquartered in La Crosse, Wis. Gundersen’s more than 6,000 employees serve 19 counties in western Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota, and northeastern Iowa. Consistently ranked in the top five percent of hospitals in the country for clinical quality care by independent healthcare ratings organizations, Gundersen relentlessly pursues improved health for patients, their families and the communities it serves.

Talking about Climate Change: Strategies to Reach Beyond the Choir

Dr. Sharon Dunwoody

Using messages and story telling to energize individuals are time-honored communications strategies, but massive, hard-to-detect processes such as climate disruption present real challenges for communicators who seek to increase understanding and catalyze behavior change. Sharon will identify and characterize the audiences for this important topic and then will offer a number of strategies to improve the ability of advocates to move hearts and minds and help rebuild a bipartisan consensus on the need to act.

Sharon Dunwoody has studied the construction and use of science messages for more than 30 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is Evjue-Bascom Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication and was an affiliate of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.  She has worked with a variety of audiences, including scientists, to improve communication and engagement strategies.  She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research, and the Society for Risk Analysis and former president of both the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Recently retired, Sharon remains active as a board member of the Aldo Leopold Foundation and as co-chair of the Science Advisory Board of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts.

Time to Choose

April 5th, 2017 @ Cross Roads at Big Creek

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Are These the Last Days for Door County’s Boreal Forest?
February 1st, 2017 7:00 PM
@ Bjorklunden 7590 Boynton Lane, Baileys Harbor WI 
January 16th, 7PM @ Unitarian Universalists Fellowship
Kathy Kuntz will present on Cool Choices, a program that makes sustainable living interactive, easy and fun!



Before the Flood, the powerful new documentary about climate change from Martin Scorcese, Leonardo DiCaprio and the National Geographic, will have its Door County premiere in Ephraim at 7 pm Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 10341 Water St./Highway 42 (the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship).

“As a UN Messenger of Peace, I have been travelling all over the world for the last two years documenting how this crisis is changing the natural balance of our planet,” DiCaprio told the signature ceremony for the Paris Agreement. “I have seen cities like Beijing choked by industrial pollution. In India I met farmers whose crops have literally been washed away by historic flooding. In America I have witnessed unprecedented droughts in California and sea level rise flooding the streets of Miami. In Greenland and in the Arctic I was astonished to see that ancient glaciers are rapidly disappearing well ahead of scientific predictions. All that I have seen and learned on this journey has terrified me.

“There is no doubt in the world’s scientific community that this is a direct result of human activity and that the effects of climate change will become astronomically worse in the future.”

In Before the Flood, DiCaprio and filmmaker Fisher Stevens have crafted an urgent message about climate change and the steps we must take to address it. Stella Maris Catholic Parish’s Care of Our Common Home Committee and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship present this screening in collaboration with the Climate Change Coalition of Door County. The public is cordially invited to this program. Free to Attend! 


Wisconsin’s Most Innovative Local Governments: Green Tier Legacy Communities

Begins at 7pm, November 9th, 2016

Located at: City of Sturgeon Bay Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall

421 Michigan St. Sturgeon Bay, WI.


Developing a Clean Power Plan- A Major Climate Change Opportunity for Wisconsin

Wednesday October 5th, 7 pm.

Located at : The Unitarian Universalists Fellowship– 10341 Water St. Ephraim WI.


Real Time Effects of Environmental and Climate Change — A Fisherman’s Perspective



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Dr. Jonathan Patz, director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will lead off the forum with a talk about the health impacts of climate change, which he describes as “possibly the greatest human health challenge and opportunity in more than half a century.”

Patz is professor and the John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment. For 15 years, he was lead author for the health impacts section of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports. He has a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins University.

Rolf Nordstrom, president and CEO of the Great Plains Institute, will address the forum on “The Daunting Challenges and Extraordinary Opportunities of a Clean Energy Transition.” Nordstrom has nearly 30 years’ experience in energy and sustainable development policy and practice in both government and non-profit settings. He will outline the serious challenges and the opportunities the Midwest faces in the quest to meet growing energy needs while lessening climate change impacts. Nordstrom holds degrees from Carleton College and Tufts University.

Kevin Schafer, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District executive director, will also speak, discussing water quality issues and the adaptation of wastewater infrastructure to a changing climate. Schafer has helped move the MMSD toward a watershed-based, sustainable approach to infrastructure management. Under his leadership the district won the 2012 U.S. Water Prize from the U.S. Water Alliance. Shafer earned civil engineering degrees from the University of Illinois and the University of Tia Nelson, long-time Wisconsin environmental leader, will lead a dialogue among the speakers to conclude the day. Nathan C. Hayes, DO, doctor at Ministry Door County Medical Center, will join the afternoon dialogue.

The doors will open at 8 am for registration and snacks. Environmental organizations will have booths with resources for attendees. The forum will include a local foods lunch. The registration fee is $25, to help defray lunch and facility expenses. The forum is presented by the Climate Change Coalition of Door County. The Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin and the Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership are sponsors.

The forum seeks to increase awareness of climate change impacts in Door County and to foster discussion among community leaders and others about cooperative action to address those impacts.



Tenth Annual Nelson Institute
Earth Day Conference

Monday, April 25, 2016
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

Everyone owns a stake in the future of our rapidly changing planet, yet each of us sees and interacts with the world in different ways. Understanding this range of experiences and perspectives is critical to working together toward a healthier global environment.

The tenth annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference will explore compelling stories and vivid reports – drawn from the world’s wildest places to our fastest-growing cities – shared by scientists and explorers, writers and artists.

Featured speakers will include:

David Quammen
David Quammen, an award-winning science journalist and author who explores the often uneasy boundaries of human-nature interactions – from the challenges posed by living with large predators to extinctions and emerging diseases – and the possibilities that come from understanding our place in nature.
Carolyn Finney
Carolyn Finney, a leading scholar on diversity and the environment. Her book Black Faces, White Spaces examines how the environment has been understood, commodified, and represented by both white and black Americans, and asks the question: Why are African Americans so underrepresented when it comes to interest in nature, outdoor recreation and environmentalism?
Kimberly Blaeser
Kimberly Blaeser, Wisconsin’s poet laureate, teacher of creative writing and Native American literature at UW-Milwaukee, and an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Her poetry and photography explore intersecting ideas about Native place, nature, preservation and spiritual sustenance.
Michael Shellenberger
Michael Shellenberger, a leading proponent of “ecomodernism,” which he describes as “a pragmatic philosophy motivated by the belief that we can protect beautiful, wild places at the same time as we ensure that the seven-going-on-nine billion people in the world can lead secure, free, prosperous, and fulfilling lives.”
Andrew Revkin
Andrew Revkin, an award-winning science journalist and author, former New York Times reporter, and writer of the “Dot Earth” environmental blog for The New York Times opinion pages, examining efforts to balance human affairs with the planet’s limits.
Sumdu Atapattu
Sumudu Atapattu, Director of Research Centers and senior lecturer on international law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She is currently working on a book titled Human Rights Approaches to Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities.
Tia Nelson
Tia Nelson, managing director for climate at the Outrider Foundation. She was previously the executive secretary of the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands; co‐chaired Wisconsin’s Task Force on Global Warming; and directed The Nature Conservancy’s global Climate Change Initiative. She received the Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Protection Award in 2000.
Jonathan Patz
Jonathan Patz, Director of the Global Health Institute at UW-Madison. He co-chaired the health panel for the US National Assessment on Climate Change, was a lead author of the United Nations/World Bank Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and has been a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.

The day-long conference will include panel discussions, exhibits and other features that will illuminate issues such as food security, climate adaptation, wildlife management, alternative economic models, future energy directions and much more.



“Protecting Our Water in a Changing Climate”

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

10341 Water Street, Ephraim

Kimberlee Wright, executive director of Midwest Environmental Advocates, is the speaker. The program is free and open to the public. Wright will discuss the growing gap between increasingly urgent climate-related environmental problems and lagging public policies. Concentrated animal feeding operations’ manure lagoons are not currently designed for more severe weather, for instance; the frac sand industry has already experienced massive storm-caused breaches from its wash water holding ponds, including one that swept a house away. These and other examples illustrate the need to update policies as severe weather events pose ever greater threats.

Midwest Environmental Advocates is a nonprofit environmental law center working for healthy water, air, land and government for this generation and the next. Kimberlee Wright received a law degree and a bachelor of science in rural sociology from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She was director of conservation programs for The Nature Conservancy and, before joining MEA, managed the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship program for land trusts working in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to protect critical habitat and natural areas. The Climate Change Coalition of Door County seeks to transcend partisanship and to voice the care we all have for the natural world. It fosters knowledge and action to address climate change’s challenges and protect the Earth for future generations.


Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’ Encyclical

September 29 at 7 pm

Stella Maris in Fish Creek

Jointly sponsored by Stella Maris Parish and CCCDC. More info to come!

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Tuesday, July 7, at 7 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 10341 Water Street, Ephraim.

Health care executive Paul Linzmeyer will present the Climate Change Coalition of Door County’s monthly program.

The program is free and open to the public. In his talk, Linzmeyer will discuss the nature of a sustainability culture, why health care institutions should lead in fostering climate change resiliency, tools to help facilities and communities assess their resiliency, and how to engage stakeholders ranging from businesses and nongovernmental organizations to communities and citizens.

Linzmeyer is the sustainability leader at ThedaCare, the largest employer in northeastern Wisconsin with seven hospitals, 35 clinics and more than 6500 employees. He has spent 35 years as a business activist in Chicago, Denver, and Green Bay, and has a deep and abiding belief that business can benefit immensely from triple bottom line thinking, which values social and environmental goals along with financial success. Linzmeyer, recognized as an international strategist on business innovation and sustainability principles, was a US delegate to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Sustainable Manufacturing and Eco-Innovation Committee. He is a past chair of the Wisconsin Workforce Investment Council, the Bay Area Workforce Development Board, and the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce. He served for many years with the University of Wisconsin-Nelson Institute’s Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts and chaired the Industry Committee of the Wisconsin Global Warming Task Force. Currently he serves on the board of the Green Bay Public Market and as a member of the Novation Environmental Advisory Group and the Healthcare Without Harm’s National Climate Change Council.

The Climate Change Coalition of Door County seeks to transcend partisanship and to voice the care we all have for the natural world. It fosters knowledge and action to address climate change’s challenges and protect the Earth for future generations.

care we all have for the natural world. It fosters knowledge and action to address climate change’s

challenges and protect the Earth for future generations.


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The Climate Change Coalition of Door County invites you to

The Climate Crisis
and American Health:
Turning from Threat to Opportunity

Joel Charles, M.D./M.P.H.
7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
Crossroads at Big Creek
2041 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay

Charles will discuss the most recent findings on climate change, how it will affect our health and how current energy practices impact health. He will offer clear policy prescriptions and suggest actions that health professionals and others can take to address these issues.

Joel Charles is a family medicine resident in Santa Rosa, California, who in his Master of Public
Health program focused on the health impacts of climate change. He advocates for responsible climate policy and is helping build a network to give health professionals efficient, effective ways to make health a central piece of the climate change conversation.

Click here for Charles flyer and here for The News Release Joel Charles News Release

Join us for a 4-week learning expedition exploring the exciting weather of the Great Lakes Region, changes underway, and societal impacts of our changing climate. Click HERE to watch the video!

Feb 23, 2015 – Mar 30th 2015
Future Sessions

Join for Free! Earn a Verified Certificate

Course at a Glance


About the Course

This 4-week course will feature a new season each week through short lectures and activities covering Great Lakes weather, observed changes in the climate, and societal impacts of climate change. Along with sharing our passion for weather and climate, we’ll convey information from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) Weather-Ready Nation initiative as well as findings from the recent National Climate Assessment and the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI).

Learn how the mid-latitude location of the Great Lakes Region and the influence of five massive and stunning fresh-water lakes combine to create exhilarating weather systems each season. Winters are cold and snowy; spring brings thunderstorms, heavy rains and tornadoes; summers are hot and humid and the transition to autumn paves the way for especially windy storms like the one that sunk the Edmund Fitzgerald. On top of all this, climate change is adding to the complexity. Numerous observations demonstrate that the climate of the Great Lakes Region is changing. Average temperatures are getting warmer and extreme heat events are occurring more frequently. Total precipitation is increasing and heavy precipitation events are becoming more common. Winters are getting shorter and duration of lake ice cover is decreasing. We’ll share the data with you before focusing on people and communities adjusting to these changes. And to slow the rate of future climate change, we’ll share actions you can take that benefit you and everyone who loves the weather and climate of the Great Lakes Region.



Understanding Potential Impacts of Global Climate Change on Monarch Butterflies

Presented by Karen S. Oberhauser,  Professor in the Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota


Karen will describe the amazing biology of migratory monarch populations, and the work of citizens and scientists in documenting monarch numbers at all stages of their migratory cycle.  She will also summarize the potential impacts of a changing climate on monarchs during all stages of their annual cycle of breeding, migrating, and overwintering.

Wednesday, September 3, 7 pm at the UU Fellowship, 10341 Hwy 42 in north Ephraim

For further information call (920) 854-7559.






Most of the work around climate change and political action is aimed at getting individuals to change human behavior, such as recycling and reusing. Political work is aimed at promoting different forms of technology, such as alternative energy. These actions, while important, do not get at the root of the problem because they do not address who we are as biological and cultural creatures. In this workshop, we will explore both our cultural and biological inheritance and how these have led to the industrialized world in which we live and which is most significantly responsible for the environmental destruction we have caused.

Kathleen Smythe is Professor of History and Senior Administrative Fellow for Sustainability and Environmental Imagination at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. She has been teaching and writing about long-term human history and the implications of this history for creating a sustainable future. Her book, Why We Need African History will be published by Indiana University Press in 2014.

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