The Edith Chase Symposium is a series of educational programs to acquaint people who are not specialists, with issues of importance in the Earth Sciences and Water Sciences. The Symposium was initiated in 2014 to honor Edith Chase, a scientist who contributed her expertise, energy, and outstanding analytic and communication skills to benefit the ecosystems of the City of Kent, the State of Ohio, and the Great Lakes Basin. At the time of Ms. Chase's decision, at age 90, to reduce the public advocacy activities in which she took part, the League of Women Voters of Kent and the Kent Environmental Council together began organizing this program, in recognition of Ms. Chase's service in the two organizations over fifty years. The first Symposium program was presented June 5, 2015. In 2016, The Edith Chase Symposium Association, Inc., was registered as an Ohio non-profit corporation, and has been approved by the US Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization under section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, so that donations may be deducted for federal income tax purposes by donors.
The 2019 program
theme was “Resurrection River.” On June 7, 2019, in Kent, this program opened sixteen days of commemorations across the North Coast, of the 50th Anniversary of the fire near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River that ignited public interest in restoring our land and water. The Edith Chase Lecture on Friday evening was presented by Jim White, who worked, with Edith Chase, as the executive director of the Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization when the Remedial Action Plan was developed. Mr. White retired in 2017 as director of Sustainable Infrastructure Programs of the Cleveland Cuyahoga Port Authority. His presentation was titled
“Legacy & Lessons from the Cuyahoga River.”
The Symposium included poetry contributions from poets across the North Coast, and included recognition of local environmental projects accomplished by community groups and individuals.
Not a Drop to Drink
scientist, activist, advocate – a description of some of the services that Edith Chase has contributed to the protection of the ecosystem of the Great Lakes Basin.
How you can help. The Edith Chase Symposium Association, Inc., is an Ohio non-profit corporation. No federal, state, or local tax money has been applied for or accepted to fund this program. Private donations, including individuals, advocacy groups, and responsible businesses, have been the only sources of support to create and maintain this program. Donations may be deducted for federal income tax purposes by donors.