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Augustana Students Involved in Plain Green Conference

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Augustana seniors Jamie Horter (Bristol, SD) and Karin Costin (Moorhead, MN) have been involved in the planning for the Plain Green Conference and Marketplace to be held April 28-29 at the Washington Pavilion in downtown Sioux Falls.

The two-day event is dedicated to advancing sustainability on the Northern Plains.

Horter will join Matt McGovern for a pre-conference workshop on Wednesday, April 28, from 8:00-11:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Their presentation is titled Post-Copenhagen Report: What New Climate Legislation Means for South Dakota. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Horter is the past president of Augie Green, a student organization dedicated to protecting the environment. She is majoring in chemistry and art and is passionate about “improving the world which we call home.” She was a member of the Will Steger Foundation delegation that attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December 2009.

The workshop will provide an overview of what took place at the UN gathering and what is to come as a result of those negotiations. The workshop will also provide an overview of current United States climate legislation asking questions like, Where does South Dakota Stand in a clean energy future? and What’s the story behind cap-and-trade? There will also be a discussion on roles individuals can play in shaping the future of South Dakota.

“Looking back on the Copenhagen conference, I recall being amazed by the enthusiasm and persistence brought forth by youth who gathered to help create a better future,” she said.

Matt McGovern is South Dakota’s state director of Repower America, a project of the Alliance for Climate Protection and Climate Protection Action Fund. Repower South Dakota supports climate and clean energy legislation that will create jobs, reduce dependence on foreign oil, and help solve the climate crisis.

Student registration fees for the conference are $35. The conference features nationally renowned speakers, marketplace/green business fair, prizes, and live music.