Eric Van Genderen and Michelle Hornberger, SETAC Sacramento Co-Chairs, and John Toll, SETAC North America President

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sacramento is actually California’s sixth capital since 1849? Starting in San Jose, then Vallejo and Benicia, back to Sacramento, San Francisco, and finally returning to Sacramento permanently in May 1862.

Building on the success of last year’s town hall meeting in Minneapolis, SETAC will be hosting its second Community Connection event in the form of an urban street cleanup. This event is a cooperation between SETAC and the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, an organization comprising property and business owners, key business leaders and public partners in the downtown area.

Community Connection Event

This year’s event has three main objectives:

  1. Help the public make better informed decisions about how to reduce pollution to local waterways and the surrounding environment
  2. Make scientists more accessible to the public and familiarize them with the type of work scientists do
  3. Engage local students interested in science and talk to them about environmental toxicology and chemistry

The event will occur on Sunday afternoon, 4 November. Groups of SETACers and the public will meet near the Sacramento Convention Center and travel along multiple routes near the Sacramento River to beautify the waterway and engage in conversation. Take away materials will also be prepared to share with the public on practical tips they can use to reduce their impacts to the environment. Following the cleanup event, an informal gathering will take place in or around the Sacramento Convention Center where conversations can continue.

Why is this important to SETAC? Environmental education and public service are core values of the Society. Empowering the public to make informed decisions regarding consumer product purchasing and disposal will promote these values and demonstrate our commitments to environmental stewardship, social responsibility and community outreach.

Student Activities Updates

This year SETAC will reach out to the public through a 10-minute Tweet-up, which will take place during the coffee breaks every afternoon at the SETAC Square in the exhibit hall, bringing together in-person networking, online engagement and scientific outreach. A panel will convene in the SETAC Square to answer online and live questions from those in attendance about a specific topic each day. We will be releasing the topics and schedule once panelists are confirmed. Don’t forget about the other student activities such as the Exploring Career Choices event, Student/Mentor Dinner, Early Career Social, the Student Noontime Seminar, sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive, and the Student Mixer!

Check out the Student Activities program on the meeting website. If you are a student, make sure to sign up for these events when you register for the meeting. You can also add activities and events to your existing registration by visiting the SETAC Store.

See you in Sacramento!

Authors’ contact information: evangenderen@zinc.orgmhornber@usgs.gov and JohnT@windwardenv.com

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