Green Task Force – New AIC Initiative

During the AIC Annual Meeting in Denver, Paul Himmelstein presented a proposal signed by a long list of AIC supporters to develop a Green Task Force that will assist members and the AIC in improving and implementing environmental sustainability actions.

Therefore, AIC is seeking up to seven members to serve on the newly created Green Task Force, and we would like one of these seven to be from the Emerging Leaders Network.

This task force is charged with investigating implementation of green practices for AIC itself and the conservation profession. It will report to the AIC Board regularly through the director of Committees and Task Forces and will submit its recommendations within two years.

The Green Task Force will communicate through email and conference calls and should consider including corresponding members who can provide additional expertise to assist in completing the charge. To be considered for service, please send a letter of interest to Cathy Hawks at by August 1, 2008.

The Emerging Leaders Network Survey

Two very active members of the Emerging Leaders Network, Rachel Penniman and Laura Brill, have drafted a survey in order to gauge the best direction in which we should take this group. Many of you received a draft copy of this survey. If you did not, please e-mail Ryan Winfield at for a copy. The survey is a work in progress, so please feel free to read through the survey and put your comments and suggestions here. We will gather and consider all these additions and changes before sending the survey to the wider membership.

Welcome to the Blog!

The Emerging Leaders Network within AIC now has a presence on the web in the form of a blog! Though still a work in progress, the blog is up and running and available for you to begin communicating with one another in a public forum.

If you would like to post to the blog, e-mail the body of your text to me at with the word “blog” on the subject line.

In the mean time, if you have any questions about the Emerging Leaders Network or your membership in AIC, please let me know by using the contact info to the right and below.